I Love My Life!
I'm a New Yorker. I live in Brooklyn, at walking distance from Manhattan. I love waking up to the energy, community, and drive of my city - where nothing is out of reach and the leaders of art and innovation are ordinary denizens of the coffee shop. I can't imagine not having the phenomenal journalism or Broadway or world class tradecraft and amenities. I travel a lot and, like 52% of New Yorkers, I'm a transplant, but New York is the only place I've ever truly called home.
I am interested in storytelling as a life skill, and I tell stories in multiple formats. I write about commitment, progress, and triumph for business people (see my Forbes articles). Because storytelling is universal, I have ceased to struggle with shifting between entrepreneurship and art. Being a storyteller allows me to remain openly passionate, courageously vulnerable, and emotionally expressed. Currently I'm interested in climate change and apocalyptic themes paired with sociological exploration.
The most valuable thing I own is my independence. I was once the student of academia, the corporate employee, the religious protege. Then I shoved the degrees in a drawer, retired my resume, hoisted my own flag, and started building things. I became a serial entrepreneur with multiple businesses. The only life I ever knew how to live is one of freedom.
I dance (Latin and Ballroom) and like martial arts. I hike, walk, or work out every day. I travel the world, ride subways, read continually, reason, ponder, and inevitably teach. I'm a showman with zero stage fright; toss me a mic and give me a crowd but no script, and I'm perfectly comfortable. I have a rescue dog and no regard for breeds. I like 16 year old Lagavulen and fine cigars and smoke a pipe. I'm a graduate of Landmark Education and a veteran of BNI. I'm Eastern Orthodox, a Rational Anarchist, and a skeptic, but I don't discuss politics, social issues, or religion. I'm was a digital native before there were digital natives, and I'm an early adopter of technology, the cloud, and the sharing economy.
I'm a Digital Ecologist® with four practice areas:
- Organizational Transformation Executive: I help companies align strategic direction with operational execution. I'm engaged by any organization making a major cultural shift or experiencing a disruptive change in business processes or technology.
- Educational Programs Executive: I provide leadership for educational program design and implementation.
- Sales or Marketing Executive: My brand is MadPipe.
- Speaking Talent: I host shows, teach, and speak with credibility and verve at podium or microphone.
A Digital Ecologist® utilizes principles from organic systems and digital networks to derive insights into how any community may evolve.
As a contract executive, I work exclusively on a B2B contract basis, regardless of the duration of the project (perpetual or limited). W-2 is never a possibility.
I'm also a multiple business owner and one of the founders of Free Agent Source, a management consulting firm that delivers enterprise IT projects.
My ancestry is Northern European. I grew up in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul), Tulsa, and a dozen other places. My father was in Aerospace applications, so I began using technology at an early age. He was also military, so I learned to swear like a Master Sergeant when I was 3.
I lived and worked 3yrs in Korea, did my grad work through distance learning, and spent a chunk of my subsequent Fortune 500 career conducting stand-up training in New York, Chicago, Seattle, Hawaii, Vancouver, and Aruba. All of that experience was in projects related to organizational transformation and cultural change.
I'm an early adopter of new systems and technologies—my desk has five monitors and my office is voice-controlled, but I also use a typewriter. I dig film, theatre, standup comedy, and representational art, with eclectic interests in music. I have a penchant for invention, comedy, and interesting cultural forecasts (I bet on Trump but didn't vote for him).
I've written a couple of small books and intend to write a number of big ones.
Since 2007, I've had a positive relationship with Global Giving, a platform that permits me to fund small, lean, local charities that work DIRECTLY with a target constituency. I get routine FIELD REPORTS and an opportunity to reach people in the most direct manner possible. The process is efficient–eliminating the massive overhead that makes small donors feel ineffective. I'd love it if you'd use the Global Giving platform to have a direct impact. To that end, I introduce you to my kids.