Episode 596: Cultivating Creativity In Your Team with Conrad Vernon: The Leadership Series (Part One)

Uncategorized Feb 13, 2023

Today’s episode kicks off a brand new series on the show, which is all about leadership. Our first guest is Director of the Academy Awards-nominated Shrek 2, and Director of the ground-breaking animated movie, Sausage Party. It’s none other than Conrad Vernon (who also happens to be the voice of Gingy from Shrek)!

In this first episode of the series, we’re talking all about how to lead with creativity when it counts, and you won’t want to miss our upcoming episodes on leadership!

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One of the reasons I’m doing this leadership series is that Jen and I are so passionate about cultivating leadership within yourself and your team, if you want to grow a great business and discover new levels of unleashed performance in your life! We are so excited to announce our 3-day live, immersive and transformational workshop that we are hosting in Phoenix, Arizona, this March 29th, 30th and 31st, called Indispensable Leadership. In it, we’ll walk you through over a decade of tools, exercises and distinctions that we have embodied in our organizations in order to unleash performance in our team, and of course, ourselves. If you’re ready to transform yourself and step into the role that your business needs of you, and make a difference in more people’s lives, then we invite you to join us for this very special event. The best part is that as a special listener of our podcast, I want to give you $100 off your ticket price! At checkout, simply use the code “PODCAST” and you’ll instantly receive this discount. Head over to https://businessbydesign.net/leadership to register now, and you can even bring your team too!

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In this episode you’ll hear: 

  • Why Conrad says that leadership is about so much more than just who the leader is
  • How he learned valuable leadership lessons on his own journey 
  • What to say, and not say, to get the most out of your team and some of the ways that DreamWorks Animation cultivates team moral 
  • How Conrad responds to both the good and bad ideas that are brought to him 
  • What it’s like working on a film with multiple directors 
  • Conrad’s thoughts on getting creativity from your team members 
  • An example of a difficult conversation that he had to have as a leader 
  • The story of how Conrad became the voice of the Gingerbread Man in Shrek
  • Why he says that the money in any venture comes from doing something differently, and how he is pushing new boundaries in the field of animation 
  • What Conrad advises do to integrate new employees into a high-performing team



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