How to Be an Explorer

Exploration is key to survival. Here are five simple ways to be an explorer.

Packaging Defined

Packaging is using a framework to successfully present your Idea, and it can apply to your Idea as it’s in process or in final form. Everything you interact with has been packaged in some fashion (e.g….

The Method of Essentialism

Author Greg McKeown chats with Nate Garvis of Studio/E about the method of Essentialism.

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Mastermind Groups 101

Mastermind groups are the cornerstone of a learning community. These are groups where members meet on a regular basis to discuss ideas and challenges they are facing, provide guidance to one another, and hold each…

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Positioning Statement Template

Seth Godin says in his new book, This Is Marketing, that marketing is about being an easy-to-find beacon for those who are looking for you. Positioning your Idea is your…

Gather Actionable Feedback

One critical step to making great progress is to ship your Ideas early in order to gather actionable feedback. When asking users for feedback, consider the following questions: What worked?…

Joy is Serious Business

Incorporating joy into your business via social media, marketing, branding, and physical spaces and products is an effective way to enroll customers into your business or idea. 

You Are More Than Your Title

Do you have a fancy title? Are you working your butt off to earn one? That’s great, but titles matter a lot less than you should give them credit for….

Take Time to Reflect

When was the last time you took time to reflect? To really reflect? To sit or walk or run with no objective but to think? Reflection allows you to pause,…

Who Can Make Your Idea Better? 

When thinking about enrolling people to help us with our Ideas, we like to consider what we call the Magnetic Rule: Treat others as they want to be treated and inspired. With that…

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Positioning Checklist

Positioning your Idea is important if you want it to go somewhere. Here’s a checklist to get you thinking.

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Needs vs. Solutions

A common obstacle we see people get caught up in while ideating is making assumptions on what their user’s need is.

Q&A with CaringBridge CEO Liwanag Ojala

Before nearly a quarter of the world population was on Facebook and 100 million photos were posted to Instagram daily, there was a social network called CaringBridge. CaringBridge is the…

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Who Can You Bring Along on Your Exploration?

“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.”  

This quote by Helen Keller speaks to the concept of bringing others along with you on your exploration.

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Current Means Inventory

Taking inventory of what you already have helps create momentum and allows you take steps from an assets-based thinking position rather than being stopped by focusing on what you don’t have.

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What is Positioning and Packaging?

Positioning and Packaging is a practice we use to get our Ideas into a tangible and communicable state so that we can gather feedback from others.  

Tyler Fish - Move With What You Have

Tyler Fish – Move With What You Have

Polar explorer Tyler Fish sits down with Nate Garvis of Studio/E and they talk about your current means, and moving with what you have.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

Dan Roam: Clarity is About Vision

Dan Roam: Clarity is About Vision

Our guest Dan Roam sits down with Nate Garvis, of Studio/E, to discuss how clarity and vision go hand-in-hand.

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…

Studio/E Priority Coach

Why we created this tool: Research shows that progress is the most effective form of human motivation. Small wins create momentum. Large launches are complex, and complexity is the enemy…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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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.

Success Can Be Dangerous Greg McKeown

Success Can Be Dangerous

Nat Garvis sits down with Greg McKeown and they talk about how success can be dangerous.

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…

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