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Powerup!Another Podcast?!

I’m so excited about this.  One of the things I love about learning from leaders is that there are a few central themes that they look to as qualities that help make them better.  Things like “Vision”, “Focus”, “Systems”, and “Tension” are all buzzwords in leadership culture….but what do they really mean?  Powerup! is all about exploring each of these words in detail, and figuring out how we can include them in our lives in a greater measure.


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Leadership Powerup! Episode 001 – Vision:

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Episode Transcript:

In his book, the 7 habits of highly effective people, Stephen Covey talks about the two creations of anything new in our world today.  The second creation is the one that we all see, but the first creation happens in your mind.  Everything that exists today is the result of someone’s creative vision.  The larger the idea, the more people we need on our team that are inspired by our idea.  Andy Stanley says that vision is a clear picture in our head of what could be, fueled by our believe that it should be.

So, what should you have vision for?  Take a second and think…..don’t ask the question “How” just yet.  That’ll smother the process before it even gets started.  What would you like to see happen in the future that would make it better than the current direction your headed?  Maybe it’s to learn a new language or skill….maybe to lose some weight?  Maybe it’s a new business or an idea that’s never been tried before?  Everything good that happens in your life got there because someone (yourself or someone else) had the vision to see it happen.  So go ahead!  Take a minute or two, and get some clarity on what you’d like to see happen in your life….or how you can make the lives of others more enriching.  A great question to ask is, focus on any area of your life and ask the question….”What would it look like if it were BETTER?”


Talk Back!  What areas of your life do you need Vision?

What’s your vision for your current life?  We would love to hear your thoughts!

Each thought leader we’ve had on here has had so much valuable insight, and today’s guest is *no* different.  Benj Miller pioneered successful branding house, Eyespeak, to help deliver the creative visions of small & medium-sized businesses.

Half art junkie & half systems & strategies alchemist, Benj pulls back the curtain on Eyespeak’s history….and their current processes that dictate the level of predictability they need to consistently deliver the creative goods may surprise you!

Interview with Benj Miller from Eyespeak:

Or, if you want, you can download the interview here.

Key Points:

  • How did Benj start the Eyespeak Brand?
  • How does Eyespeak consistently deliver results?
  • What’s the number one issue that most small creatives encounter when first starting out?
  • And more!


What about you?

I’d love to continue the conversation here, leave any questions or comments below from the interview, and we’d be happy to read them!

Jake talks about where the term “crowdsourcing” came from, how he got into the apparel industry, and how he helped build a multi-million dollar company from scratch.

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Today on the ProGuide, Scott McClellan, director of the ECHO conference, and Echo Hub website, hangs out with us and picks apart where the future of media may be headed.

Interview with ECHO Conference Director, Scott McClellan:

Or, if you want, you can download the interview here.

Key Points:

  • What is the ECHO conference?  How did it get started?
  • What trends does Scott see in the future of media?
  • What are some of the challenges about starting and leading a movement of people?
  • And more!


Side note:  My twitter name is now AndrewJMason.

What about you?  Did you enjoy the interview?  What was your biggest take-away?