Working on a talk about how “creative genius” is tied to intellect at the expense of emotional intelligence. I’m sure we all know one or two. Do you have examples or stories of this kind of behavior?

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I think if you’re talking about the type of creativity that prevails in advertising, the exact opposite is true. I haven’t met many intellectuals in this business, but I have met lots of creatives who are geniuses at navigating politics and interpersonal relationships. Their greatest strength is their emotional intelligence.

But if you’re talking about the kinds of creatives who don’t work in offices, like “real” authors and musicians, it’s a totally different story.

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Yup, the second type is what I’m referring to. The kind that is allowed to get away with bad behavior BECAUSE of their “genius” label.

Not sure if this is to the level of what might help you, but there is a YouTube video called "Dan Harmon reads a mean article about Dan Harmon." Dan created the popular "Community" and "Rick and Morty." It's interesting because the article author bashes Dan's behavior after a recent divorce and alcohol. But the author also calls him a "creative genius" (go to 9:15 in the video). I think you might be able to find some examples there. Disclaimer though: that video has some cursing. It's from Dan's authentically cheeky perspective. :)

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