Showing all posts tagged #leadership:


hope-filled collaborative-leadership

Posted on July 11th, 2019

Contemplating the virtue of hope-filled, collaborative-leadership, seasoned with authentic ownership and light humor to keep from having his progressive thinking turn too many people off to the ideas bringing forward…
I love such a leadership model. Instead of doing things the way that they have always been done, I want to help people work for the win-win of problems being solved using current common-sense and strategizing also with future hopes. I know that this is something I want to keep working on as far as what our approach to venues is and how we grow in preparation for the season to come.

Macro:Planning::Micro:Progress

Posted on July 5th, 2019

"When making plans, think big. When making progress, think small."
-James Clear

The Innovator | Creative Types

Posted on June 30th, 2019

    I took the creative personality profile test that Adobe has on its website. I got the following results, which I find remarkably true and insightful.

    I’d love to know what creative type you are. It’s a really quick test: mycreativetype.com
    Please do share your results with me!

    Volunteer Celebration

    Posted on May 29th, 2019

    Event Producing
    The request was to find a way to show appreciation to >900 volunteers. I was offered the support of the other directors on the staff and a budget of $10,000. At first glance that sounds like a lot of money, but I had to use that for catering for dinner and desert, decorations, entertainment, awards...as well as invitations, childcare, photography, table hosting, setup, strike, dishwashing; also what presenters and MCs would be responsible for what communication...

    I took survey of all the stakeholders - directors and key leaders. I learned what worked well with similar events in the past. I assembled a team of key partners whom I could brainstorm with and develop concepts. We did research to figure out what our ideas might cost. We met again and leaned into what had good value and scrapped what didn’t. We surveyed and used statistics to determine how many we thought would actually show up; and how many might. We put it on the calendar and after figuring out a brand for the night we sent out invitations. We worked through details with the caterer and the band. We made certain sacrifices from our ideal hopes, but ended up with remarkably clever innovations to our plan. We created a signup sheet for directors to own delegated chores and presented the vision to the staff with the request for ownership… In addition to my team of co-leaders, our whole staff stepped up and helped make a really special evening. The video above shows a few of the highlights.Download PDFDownload PDF


    Authenticity, Connection, and Sense of Purpose

    Posted on March 30th, 2019

    A former employee of mine just sent me this. It means a lot that perhaps he misses some of this from me; or at least that he sees the potential for me to invest in these qualities...

    Regardless, it encourages me as I reflect on where I choose to work, and with whom I choose to work for. I’m grateful for leadership that holds to ethos like these.


    Authenticity and rapport with the team. Connection of each team member to the bigger picture of the organization. Caring for and growing the individual infusing purpose beyond the temporary.


    thoughts from Gandhi about the Beatitudes

    Posted on February 20th, 2019

    We’re thinking about next calendar year and what series topics we might schedule. One of our thoughts is the Sermon on the Mount. I really like the idea. I have had this card at my desk for years. It’s a great reminder of what is worth upholding


    Without Access to Hope, Fear Takes Over

    Posted on December 3rd, 2018

    "When you can’t access your hopes, all you have to live by are your fears."
    —Shankar Vedantam

    I voice-texted this final line of the podcast into Evernote from my phone while listening back on October 17, 2018 at 9:02 PM. I just pulled up the link to share: https://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=657547685


    Genius in Teamwork

    Posted on November 5th, 2018

    Be openhanded. Practice awareness and humility and know the one who knows. Such teamwork is where magical breakthrough and creativity occurs - at the nexus of conventionality and novelty.

    My friend Michael shared this article. I find it both fascinating and encouraging.


    3 Ways to Ultimate Success

    Posted on September 10th, 2018

    There are three ways to ultimate success:
    The first is to be kind.
    The second is to be kind.
    The third is to be kind.

    —Fred Rogers

    The Importance of Humility

    Posted on August 27th, 2018

    "Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less."
    —C.S. Lewis

    I came across this quote today and find it a great reminder. We care about legacy and want to lead well. It’s important to remember that we cannot truly succeed by trying to be better than others in a competitive nature. Such narcissistic thinking is a zero-sum strategy. It will backfire. Instead, it is far more virtuous to think less of self and care more for the greater team. Such focus will yield so much greater fruit - not only in the charge of the task, but in life.

    Eric Wolfe

    Creative Director and Coach. Production Designer and Consultant. Developer of Ideas. Maximizer of Resources. Strategic Thinker. Creative Innovator. Visual Artist and Leader. Husband. Father. Philosopher. Photographer. Backpacker. Athlete. Cook. Artisan. Eric shares thoughts here about all of the above. He would love to connect to partner in coaching and revealing beauty to enhance story and experience. Please do reach out!