Studio/E One-Minute Expedition

What is Positioning and Packaging?

How do you present your Ideas to others? Positioning and Packaging is a practice we use to get our Ideas into a tangible and communicable state so that we can…

Gratitude roundup

The Studio/E Gratitude Roundup

A wonderful thing happens when you replace the phrase “have to” with “get to.” A roundup of the things we get to do.

Studio/E One-Minute Expedition

What Makes Your Idea of Unique Value to its Users?

Differentiating yourself in a busy and chaotic environment happens when you produce truly valuable Ideas, which are fueled by your Desire and empathetically designed for the needs of your user.

Studio/E One-Minute Expedition

What Story Are You Telling Yourself?

Mindset is the most powerful tool you possess. It is the narrator of the stories you tell yourself and it helps shape the world around you.

Studio/E One-Minute Expedition

Why Exploratory Leadership

Exploratory Leadership is a required practice for life and business because it provides awareness to help you effectively explore the unknown. 

Dan Roam

Hero Speaker Series Featuring Dan Roam

Visual communicator and international bestselling author of seven books, Dan Roam, came to Minneapolis to teach the Studio/E community about the power of drawing for effective communication.

Studio/E One-Minute Expedition

Start With What You Have

Current Means is asset-based thinking that enables you to focus and use what you have right now to get your ideas into action quickly.

Studio/E One-Minute Expedition

The Known and Unknown Zones

A map is to context as a compass is to direction. It allows you to identify where you are now and where you are going. We use the Studio/E Map…

Minneapolis Institute of Art President Kaywin Feldman

Exhibiting Leadership

Director and president of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Kaywin Feldman, on following her moral compass.

Visual communicator Dan Roam drawing at age four.

Actions are Driven by What You See

Dan Roam has been expressing himself with visuals since he could hold a crayon. Today, an international bestselling author of seven books, Dan helps leaders solve complex problems through visual…

Iterating at Studio/E

We’re Learning, Too

We help people and organizations move ideas forward. We share what we’ve learned from experience and from the copious amounts of information we consume. But the truth is, we’re learning, too….

Jenny C. Evans presents at Studio/E

Raise Your Resiliency

Your job is never going to ask less of you, and neither will your loved ones. The truth is, your stress is on an upward trajectory, and while there are…

Hiking photo by Tobias Mrzyk

The Case For a Day at Play

Why pursuing play is essential for leaders As children, our lives are designed around play. We are constantly on the lookout for fun, adventure and even mischief. These playful moments…

Studio/E at the James J. Hill Center

Individuals Wanted for Hazardous Journey

Enrollment now open for Studio/E At The Hill program

How much time do you spend with people who are different from you? It’s easy to get stuck in your silo at work, learning and growing amongst individuals in the same industry with the same skillsets as you.

10 Things to Know About Gen Z

Gen Z is about to enter the workplace, meaning we are about to enter a world of ambiguity. Changes like this can be difficult to navigate, but a little clarity…

Nate Garvis and Tom Wiese, co-founders of Studio/E

The Half-Hour Walk that Took Five Hours

The Studio/E Genesis Story Co-Founders Nate Garvis and Tom Wiese have been friends since 7th grade. While vacationing in Colorado with their wives in the summer of 2010, they decided to take…

Studio/E One-Minute Expedition

Lead Like an Explorer

In today’s rapidly changing world, exploration is essential for individuals and organizations to thrive. Constant change means that leaders often find themselves in unfamiliar territory, or what we call the…

Your Ideas Matter

We know that you have an idea inside of you. We are here to tell you that your ideas matter.

Minneapolis Institute of Art President Kaywin Feldman

Tech For Good

How one woman uses technology to bring social impact to our fingertips.

Inside the Launch of Hands and Feet

We’re not all math people, but here’s an equation we know well: Good Idea + Great Story = Success In today’s competitive marketplace, it isn’t enough to just have a…

Challenging Social Constructs

This post originally appeared in Minnesota Business Magazine‘s March / April issue Too often when we think of health and wellness, we think of diet plans and workout regimens because…

Studio/E One-Minute Expedition

Desire: What is Your Why?

Your Desire is your “why,” and it provides you with the energy and resilience needed to produce valuable outcomes. It’s the reason people will miss you when you’re gone. When…

Man’s Search for Meaning

We read a lot of books. The topics we consume are vast, but there are a few books that will forever remain our favorites. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl is…

Knowledge Box: Mindset

What does it take to break boundaries, defy limits and fearlessly explore into the great unknown? Mindset. With the right Mindset, you can overcome anything.

Breaking the Barriers of Human Potential

Best known from her swim across the Bering Straight in 1987, open-water swimmer Lynne Cox does more than just cross bodies of water; she weaves people — and nations — together. Her swim to Russia was a diplomatic move, opening the US-Soviet Union border for the first time in 48 years. Similarly, Lynne swam across Lake Titicaca from Bolivia to Peru, enhancing the relations between the two countries. 

Knowledge Box: Leadership and Impact

To put things into perspective and get some wind behind our sails as we enter 2018, we are focusing this month’s items on leadership that matters and spreading positive impact.

Studio/E GPS Recap

Guest post by Jared Hanks For about a year, I’ve been working with Studio/E to produce a personal and professional leadership program specifically tailored for youth. After my Studio/E At the Hill experience,…

Knowledge Box: Motivation

There is something about the changing seasons that is very motivating. Maybe it’s the respite from the heat, maybe it’s the striking colors, the chili or the football. Whatever it is, fall finds us feeling motivated, which is why we’ve dedicated October’s Knowledge Box to this theme.

Exploiting a Harsh Niche in a Crowded Field

This post originally appeared in Minnesota Business Magazine’s October issue. When it comes to the accuracy and durability of products, for Todd Roach it’s life or death. Todd is co-owner and VP…

Tuskegee Airman Dr. Harold Brown

Last of the Tuskegee Airmen Recap

Dr. Harold Brown is one of the last of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, and we brought him to the Twin Cities for an evening of heroism, history and inspiration.

The Studio/E Knowledge Box

Exploration is key to success in today’s rapidly changing world. We’ve said it once, twice, hundreds of times, and we stand by it. One component of exploration is trying new…

A Hero’s Journey

Heroes play an influential role at Studio/E: authors, explorers, rule-breakers, artists and business starters. But last week we had the opportunity to be with a real hero. For our event, A Hero’s…

The first Studio/E #ideaSLAM

#ideaSLAM Recap Video

Our first-ever #ideaSLAM was a great success, and it is all thanks to the incredible community that showed up. Watch for the announcement for our second #ideaSLAM, coming up this winter. In the meantime, here is a recap video from the event.

The Obstacle is the Way

People that live courageously travel into the unknown and find new meaning, discover ways to help others and create approaches on how to manage life’s dilemmas.

Shaping Future Leaders

Jared Hanks is among the younger Studio/E members, but his contributions compare well to those with far more years under their belt. At Juxtaposition Arts, an organization that connects young talent from the north side of Minneapolis to the creative economy, Jared runs outreach and engagement.

Event Recap: #ideaSLAM

Thank you to everyone who showed up to the #ideaSLAM. It was gratifying for us to watch as members of the Studio/E community intermingled with non-members (who, by the way,…

#ideaSLAM Exhibitioners Round Two

In anticipation of our upcoming #ideaSLAM — an event during which five members will get up in front of a crowd and share their experience of successfully launching an idea…

Goals Before Successes

Success comes in all shapes and sizes, but when it comes to measuring it, one thing is certain: you have to define your goals before you can reach them. Brad Johnston is a proponent of setting goals and creating a comprehensive strategy to achieve them, which is what he does with his clients as founder of The Johnston Group.

#ideaSLAM Expeditioners

We are throwing our first-ever #ideaSLAM on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. At this event, five Studio/E members are getting in front of a crowd to explain their experiences of bringing their ideas to life. These ideas include products, businesses and communities, and each story shows just how diverse idea expeditions can be.

Here is a sneak peak of a few of the ideas that will be featured at the #ideaSLAM:

On Presence

Each month we choose a subject to base our content, events and learning on, and this month we are focusing on presence. Presence is as important as your mindset and…

Announcing the Studio/E #ideaSLAM

We are very excited to announce our first-ever public event, the Studio/E #ideaSLAM! Throughout the seven years Studio/E has been around, our tribe of members have come up with some…

You Have Your Own Answers

Success is hard to come by when you aren’t clear on your strengths and values. All too often folks are stuck, whether disengaged or underutilized, within organizations. The answers needed to find success are within us all, but sometimes it takes the right person to pull them out. Throughout her time in HR at Cargill and now Fluke Corporation, Studio/E member Tiana Martin has done just that — help employees extract their own answers from within. When you start with what you have (what we call current means), you begin to think in a growth mindset.

Pronouns Matter

It has been quite awhile since most of us were in elementary school and learned essential grammar, but we think today is as good a day as ever for a…

Make Way for Gen Z

We welcomed Gen Z experts David Stillman and his son – a Gen Z-er himself –Jonah to Studio/E Masters. This multi-generational speaking team (aptly named Gen Z Guru) delivers engaging talks about the generation on the heels of Millennials.

Big Heart in a Hard Hat

Bob Gardner loves people. As owner of Gardner Builders, a Minneapolis-based construction company that truly cares about making clients’ experiences enjoyable, he is often found interacting with trade partners, clients, influencers in the business and his team. He says if his team doesn’t feel inspired, he’s not doing his job. So it is no surprise that the reason he gets out of bed every morning is to meet people, engage with them, learn, and have fun along the way.

Partner Spotlight: Jump Associates

The Studio/E at the Hill experience is broken down into four days, each day focusing on a different competency. On day one we learn about Current Means, or utilizing what…

Everyone Needs a Monster

Last week we took a tour through one of the most unusual but equally fascinating exhibits we have ever seen — Guillermo del Toro: At Home with the Monsters. The Minneapolis…

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