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jumbleThink is a podcast focused on sharing the stories of dreamers, makers, innovators, and influencers from various segments of life. Along the way we will share tips that you can use in your pursuit to chase your big idea or dream. Our guests include artists, authors, business owners and executives, film makers, artisans, builders, politicians and other world changers. We set out to learn how their big idea started and what keeps them chasing their dreams. Our host, Michael Woodward, has worked with hundreds of businesses to help them refine their ideas and create their big dream.
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CoWorking is all the rage with companies like WeWork leading the way, but what happens when your coworking space puts a community of entrepreneurship at the core of it's focus. That's what Chris Schultz and Anne Driscoll set out to do when the build the first Launch Pad CoWorking space in New Orleans. Not only did they want to create great work environments but they wanted to reinvent how the city viewed business and entrepreneurship. In today's episode we discuss community, entrepreneurship, innovation, changing how cities view entrepreneurs, how to build culture, work / life blend, and more.Today's episode is sponsored by:Skillshare: Go to to get 2 months free when you sign up.Penji: Use code 'JUMBLE' to get 15% off your first month at Launch PadLaunch Pad is dedicated to giving people the courage to create the company or career they have always dreamed of. Driven by the power of the internet and global distribution talent, people can work from anywhere.Launch Pad started in 2009, with simple idea that bringing all of the “doers” in New Orleans into the same place to work every day would build community and catalyze the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem.It worked. In the last 10 years companies working at Launch Pad in New Orleans have raised hundreds of millions of dollars in capital and created more than 5000 jobs.Today, Launch Pad is opening coworking spaces and bringing its strong community and commitment to the success of our members momentum markets around the US. We define our strategy as – People with Pride, Cities with Soul.Success today requires taking command of your career and working entrepreneurially. Launch Pad is a community of people who will be your first believers. They create a great place to work so you can be productive and get ahead.
How we lead in business is ever evolving but what if our power driven leadership methods are actually hindering our teams and growth? Marissa Orr wants to change the game and redefine healthy leadership to empower our teams and allow them to have the freedom to work with their own personality and strengths. This new model helps workers find deeper fulfillment and joy in the jobs that they do. It also benefits businesses as they see new potential from the perspective of their employees. In today's episode not only do we discuss this new method of leadership but we also chat about true feminism, corporate disfunction, working for tech giants like Google and Facebook, and what is really driving the gender gap.Today's episode is sponsored by...Penji - get 15% off your first month of unlimited graphic design by using the code 'JUMBLE' at - connecting you with learning and teaching opportunities abroad.About Marissa OrrDuring her 15 years at today’s top tech giants, Facebook and Google, Marissa became disenchanted with the steady stream of advice coming from most female leadership programs. Ignoring the real concerns faced by most working women and offering prescriptions for success that hinged on acting more like men. She wrote Lean Out to tell another side of the story of women at work.Lean Out, The Truth About Women, Power, and the Workplace released by HarperCollins Leadership in June 2019. Follow Marissa on Twitter @marissabethOrr and on Medium @marissaOrr.
The Millennial generation is often stereotyped and misunderstood. So what is the truth about millennials in the workplace and life? How can we build startups, businesses, and corporations that engage this generation and drive them further into purpose in their work? Today’s guest, Chris Tuff, helps walk us through the process of moving from the stereotype and into a place where we embrace each other across generational divides. Today's show is sponsored by:Penji - Use code 'JUMBLE' to get 15% off your first monthAbout Chris TuffAs one of the first marketers to work with startups like Facebook in 2005, Chris has built his career surrounded by Millennials while becoming one of the sought out leaders in the digital marketing space.He’s a partner at the advertising agency 22squared in Atlanta, GA where he successfully attracts, motivates and whispers to Millennials every day. When Chris isn’t working he kiteboards, mountain bikes, runs, and spends quality time with his wife and two daughters.Chris’s Website: on Instagram: on Twitter:
Simplicity is something we have talked about a few times on past shows but it continues to amaze me how people make the process of turning dreams and ideas into reality very complex. In today’s episode we are exploring the art of simplicity in entrepreneurship.Today's show is sponsored by:Penji - Use code 'JUMBLE' to get 15% off your first monthOpportunityInChina.comSo there was this guy Hans Hofmann. He lived between the 1880 and 1966 and was well known as an artist and teacher. His career impacted many generations in both Europe and America. As an artist he both preceded and influenced abstract expressionism. So what’s abstract expressionism??? It’s a post WWII art movement in painting that was the first specifically American Movement that achieved international influence and put America at the center of the western art world. It’s often considered an important predecessor in surrealism and put an emphasis on spontaneous, automatic or subconscious creation.  Well Hans Hofmann once said this about simplicity… ‘The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.’  When I talk to entrepreneurs and innovators I often hear very complex and bloated ideas that make the initial idea hard to understand or grasp. If you start with a bloated and complex idea it is really hard to move from the concept and into reality all while captivating your audience into action.Now it’s really easy to misunderstand ‘simplicity’ and I want to make sure that I’m clear in saying ‘over simplification can also be detrimental to the process’. What we are shooting for is the process of finding the sweet spot where your ideas and dreams flourish.  So what exactly is simplicity? Simplicity can be defined in so many different ways. Here’s a few examples…the quality or condition of being easy to understand or do. "for the sake of simplicity, this chapter will concentrate on one theory" It brings clarity, clearness, intelligibility, comprehensibility, illumination, straightforwardness, and accessibility to the dream or idea.the quality or condition of being plain or natural. "the grandeur and simplicity of Roman architecture”… lack/absence of adornment, lack/absence of embellishment, unpretentiousness in executiona thing that is plain, natural, or easy to understand. plural noun: simplicities "the simplicities of pastoral living”. straightforwardness, ease, easiness, lack or absence of complication, effortlessness, manageability.For years, simplicity in the complex had been at the heart of Apple. Steve Jobs even addressed this when he said ‘That's been one of my mantras - focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.’ Now complexity has become the mantra of today. We have complicated relationships, complex integrations of technology in our lives, complexity that leads to over busyness, and complexity that leads us uncertainty / depression / and burnout. We want to be all things to all people, but in the plurality of being everything to everyone in business and life we loose the power of our identity and focus.Simplicity unlocks many superpowers in the process of turning our dreams and ideas into reality. In this complex world it’s time we stop being on autopilot and start taking the action to simplify the process to unlock a future we want to create.  In a moment we will be back to go a little deeper about the art of simplicity in entrepreneurship.Welcome back, we are talking about ‘The art of simplicity in entrepreneurship’. In this segment I’m sharing 5 ways to incorporate the art simplicity into your journey of life and entrepreneurship. You’ll notice that I mentioned ‘life and entrepreneurship’ instead of just entrepreneurship. While I’m specifically sharing tips on simplicity in entrepreneurship, many of these tips can apply past entrepreneurship and really help you in life too. So if you aren’t an entrepreneur, you can keep listen and you will have some great takeaways for your life.  But before we jump into the five tips, I want to go little deeper into what simplicity is and isn’t.Simplicity isn’t just cutting your idea or dream back to one thing. It is cutting away everything that doesn’t support your core idea and dream.Simplicity isn’t dummying down the idea and dream. It is making it clear so that people can understand and grasp what you are saying and doing.Simplicity isn’t boring design. It is intention design filled with beautiful design that matters.Simplicity isn’t easy. It’s actually a lot of hard work filled with purpose.Simplicity isn’t a shortcut to getting done quicker (although it may do that). It is a process of refinement and perfecting the idea or dream.I could go on, but you get the idea. Simplicity is often much harder to do. Duke Ellington once said ‘Simplicity is a most complex form.’Now I know that some of are are listening and thinking ‘Mike, I get it…simplicity is cool.’ But how do we move into using the art of simplicity as an entrepreneur? We’ll I’m glad you asked because I wanted to share 5 tips to use simplicity as an entrepreneur.Tip number one: Clarify your message.  One of the first areas that many people over complicate their dreams and ideas in through the words they use to communicate their dreams and ideas. To be successful you need to focus on the message you use with yourself, your team, and the people you serve. Messages really only matter if people understand them and can buy into how this will solve a problem for them or the people around them. Often our messaging is based on our presupposed assumptions. Better known as bias. Everything we do is based on bias. If we want to be affective our message must remove bias that steals from the core of what we are communicating.  This requires a deep understanding of the people we are serving. The simpler we can cut back the message to only what the audience needs, the better we will do in converting them to our way of thinking. This in turn will captivate them to engage with our message, product, or service. Unless you are specifically communicating with someone who inherently understands your industry you need to simplify industry speak. Let me give you an example.For several years I would have customers come into our web design and development agency and ask ‘what is the difference between a domain (web address) and the hosting. Often this is a question they had asked over and over again with agencies they had worked with in the past or gotten quotes from. Instead of trying to explain the differences using tech speak, I tried to communicate in a way that made sense to someone in terms they would understand. I would say something like.So you own a house and a friend wanted to come over and visit asked how do I get to your house You give them your address and they plug the address into their GPS and it takes them to your house. Now they are at your house but they aren’t in your house. They knock at the door, you open the door, and they come into the house to hang out. You then take them on a tour of hour house showing them the various rooms and your prized possessions. Now in this story, the domain is your address. It gets you to your house but thats about it. Your house is the hosting. That’s where you store all your stuff (your web pages). The various rooms are the pages of your websites. The stuff in the room are the photos, text, and other content on the site.This action of simplicity was all it took for many potential customers feel like I understood them, was able to communicate with them, and ultimately want to become our customer.When you clarify your message by using simplicity you will often find the right people to be part of your tribe and ultimately be your customer.Martin H Fisher who is well know for his teaching on the art and practice of medicine said this ‘Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.’We must use wisdom to simplify our message. This is key to our success.Tip number twoDeclutter overly complex systems. Many of us act as the chicken with it’s head cut off. We are running around responding to the latest emergency. We are responding without knowing how to prevent the emergencies we face. Our systems either don’t exist or are broken. This is often a side affect of overtly complex or bloated systems. Our systems are a key to the success of our businesses (and lives). We must have healthy simply systems.For me it’s something as simple as having my calendar sync with my wife’s calendar make all the difference in know what is on our schedule and if we can schedule something else on a specific day and time. This system is simple. It just works. However many of us use systems that are bloated, complicated, and inefficient. This steels from our time and energy.Simplifying our systems have two steps.Do we have a system for the things we regularly do?Our our systems working?A few years ago I hired two project managers for our business. One was very inline with our philosophy of simplicity both with working with our clients and in the systems we used to manage their projects. The other project manager wanted to add crazy amounts of systems that were slowing down our process and getting in the way of working with our clients. It was the path of least resistance vs duplication of work and effort. One project manager was right for our company, the other was not.  Let’s talk about a few systems many businesses will have:-CRM (customer relationship management)-Project Management-Time Management-Payroll-Billing, invoicing, and contracts-and if you sell products you are going to have systems around inventory, shipping, online, purchases, and more.I could probably create a list hundreds if not thousands of systems for businesses if I took the time to do that. Simple things that many people forget like who cleans the bathroom or sweeps the floor.A heathy system and be broken into four key areas often called ‘the circle of trust and accountability’.Is this system capable with our company culture and what our customer expects.Can we trust this system to work no matter what we toss at it.Does this system empower our team and companyIs there accountability in the system?If you can simplify each system down to answer these questions, then you are building systems that will help build your business.So take the time to think about your systems. Remove the clutter that gets in the way. Remove extra and unnecessary steps. Make the process as easy as possible and then Work The Systems.Tip number threeCut out additional features that are unnecessary. In the startup world we talk about building a MVP. A Minimum Viable Product is critical for the success of your business. Often we are so focused on all the ‘bells and whistles’ that we forget that we are solving our customer’s pain and helping make their lives better. We add ‘extra’ things because we are certain that they will need it. Some may, others will not. The more we can cut back to only the things we need in the products, services, and messages we share, the more likely they are to become big fans and long term customers along the way. I can’t tell you how many projects I’ve worked on where a client said that they ‘needed’ something on a project only to find out that their customer hated it. Don’t always think that you know best. Learn from those around you. They will help you understand what is and isn’t working with your products and services. Ultimately when you cut features that are unnecessary, unwanted, and bloated; you will save time, money, and a lot of headaches. It’s always better to start simple and add what people request versus removing what isn’t working.Tip number fourHyper focus. This one is hard for me. I want to help everyone and solve everyones problems. Often when you so this, everyone will suffer. You will be unhappy, projects will take longer, and your customers will not get what they want. You need to focus on the best uses of your time and energy. You need to learn how to say yes to the right things and say no to the wrong things. So how do you do this.Simplify the clients that you serve and only serve the customers you can serve well.Know what you do and stay in the sweet spot of the products and services that you offer. Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should do something.Learn to say yes to things that excite you and feed your passion.Say no to things that will drain you and steel your joy.Ultimately keeping what you do simple will make you more money, add more time, and bring excitement and joy back into what you do. This will unlock the ability to focus on what matters. You need to guard your time.Tip number fiveAsk this simple question: ‘does what I am doing energize the dream or idea I have?’. If it does then keep doing it. If it doesn’t stop doing it.  You must keep the vision of where you are going in the forefront of what you are building. Often we take side roads because we’ve lost our focus and vision. You need to keep with your vision and then build the things that will get you there. There is a proverb that ways ‘Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he. (Proverbs 29:18). Not only do I think that people perish (employees that no longer work for you, family breakups caused by divorce, friends lost over disagreements) but I also think that dreams and ideas perish when you have lost your vision. You must keep hyper focused on the vision to see your dreams and ideas come to life. As Dwight Eisenhower once said: don’t let the urgent overtake the important.  So those are my five tips for you today around simplicity in entrepreneurship. In a moment we will be back to talk a little more about simplicity.In my opinion, Simplicity is one of the most important keys to launching into your dreams and ideas. When we keep simplicity as a bedrock of our journey into entrepreneurship, we are more likely to make those dreams and ideas real. So here’s a few questions for you today.What are you doing that is overcomplicating and bloating your big idea and dream?What systems are slowing you down?If you don’t have systems, what systems can you put in place to help you?What are you saying yes to that you should be saying no to?What is the vision and where do you want to go?Simplicity is going to look different for each person and business. What works for one business or team might be a failure for another team. You really need to be intentional about finding and creating simplicity in all that you do.Thanks for tuning into today’s episode. It means the world to me that you would listen to our show. I hope you are feeling inspired to step out into the unknown and make your dreams a reality too.  
Reinventing established industries is difficult and even often impossible, however Kathy Hannun and the team at Dandelion is doing just that. They have set up to make Geothermal a viable solution for many people throughout the country. They are innovating by creating new machines to install geothermal, making better equipment for customers, and finding unique funding solutions to make the technology affordable to install and use for the future.In the episode Kathy shares how you can apply the same principles as Alphabet X / Google X use in their business to innovation and invent in your own business. She also shares how taking big risk can open up new possibilities that you thought were impossible!Links: http://dandelionenergy.comToday's episode is sponsored by:Skillshare: (2 Months Free for jumbleThink Listeners)Penji: Use code 'JUMBLE' to get 15% off your first monthOpportunityInChina.comAbout Kathy HannunKathy is the co-founder and CEO at Dandelion, a fast-growing spinout of Alphabet’s X.Previously, Kathy was a product manager and Rapid Evaluator at Alphabet's X. Prior to Dandelion, Kathy led a team that created technology to extract carbon dioxide from seawater to create carbon-neutral fuel.Kathy has been recognized as one of Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business, one of Albany Business Review's 40 under 40, and as a Leader of Tomorrow. Kathy graduated from Stanford with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and M.S. in Computer Science. 
jumbleThink Rewind

jumbleThink Rewind


In our last revisit of past episodes we revisit 'Finding Your Created Purpose' and our interviews with Mark Geiger and Erik Seversen.Next week on the podcast we interview Kathy Hannun - CEO at Dandelion and on Friday's episode we discuss The Art of Simplicity in EntrepreneurshipToday's episode is sponsored by Penji - Use code 'JUMBLE' to get 15% off your first
Stepping into the unknown is part of the journey of entrepreneurship. In today's episode we share the unknown adventure we are taking here at jumbleThink as we chase our own dreams and big ideas. We share some big exciting news along with the challenges we are facing as we push into the future.Today's episode is sponsored byPenji - Use code 'JUMBLE' to get 15% off your first
Entrepreneurship can be a roller coaster of emotions, success, failure, and so much more. In today's episode we discuss how you can help make the ride more sustainable and less emotional in the process. Some of the steps, tools, and resources you can use include:The people around you…Know your risk tolerance…Pivot quicklyNetwork, Network, NetworkKeep perspectiveAsk for helpBe real about how you are feelingToday's episode is sponsored byPenji - Use code 'JUMBLE' to get 15% off your first
jumbleThink Revisited 2.0

jumbleThink Revisited 2.0


In today's episode we are revisiting three more episodes from Seasons 1 & 2. This is a great time to catch up on some past episodes. We revisit our conversations with Jeffrey Shaw, Johnathan Grzybowski, and Chad Frey.Today's episode is sponsored by Penji (use code 'JUMBLE' to get 15% off your first mont)
jumbleThink Revisited

jumbleThink Revisited


We are revisiting some great past episodes in today's episode. With many new listeners, it's easy to miss the past episodes with power packed guests. In segment one we chat with Leon Logothetis. He shares his story of going from stock broker to traveling the world on the kindness of strangers. In our second segment with chat with Ryan Williams about the world of influence. In our final segment with chat with former Late Show with David Letterman writer Bill Scheft about his career in writing.Today's episode is sponsored by...Penji - Use code 'JUMBLE' to get 15% off your first
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