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What We Learned About Stillness from Bestselling Author Ryan Holiday

11/7/2019

Bestselling author Ryan Holiday argues stillness is the key to getting better at anything you do. Here's what he taught us about stillness.

How to Make Better Decisions, Faster

10/24/2019

The quality of your decisions will reflect the quality of your life, and in order to make high-quality decisions time and again, it’s crucial to have a reservoir of principles to draw upon.

How to Navigate Your Own Ignorance

10/7/2019

A look into the three territories of knowledge, plus six ways to navigate your own ignorance.

How to Tell Stories that Stick

9/19/2019

Successful books, films, and companies all have something in common: exceptional storytelling. It isn’t enough to simply be and do good; the being and doing good must be shared.

Q&A with Filmmaker and Mountaineer Jimmy Chin

9/5/2019

We sit down with Academy Award-winning filmmaker, National Geographic photographer and mountain sports athlete, Jimmy Chin, for a Q&A.

The Upsides of Conflict at Work

8/22/2019

Three productive ways to think about conflict.

It Pays to Play

8/8/2019

Play is not only important for your personal life; it can contribute greatly to your work life. Here are 15 ideas for play at work and at home.

How (and Why) to Make a Bucket List

7/25/2019

Four steps to creating an actionable (and amazing) bucket list.

Get Grounded in Your Purpose

7/11/2019

A tool to help you think through, assess, and focus on your priorities.

How to Gather Greatly

6/27/2019

Tips from Priya Parker, master facilitator and author of the book The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters, on how to gather.

Pay Attention to What You Pay Attention To

6/11/2019

How to become aware and take control of what you pay attention to.

You Should Join a Mastermind Group

5/30/2019

Everything you need to know about creating and sustaining a mastermind group.

Get Comfortable Saying No

5/21/2019

Ten practices to help you say no.

Thanks, Moms

5/9/2019

The Studio/E team writes love notes to their mothers in celebration of Mother's Day.

When Should I Kill My Idea?

4/24/2019

A three-step process to follow so you know when to continue working on, pivot, or kill an Idea.

Learning is Better than Being Learned

4/11/2019

10 practices to incorporate into your everyday so you can go from being learned to being a learner.

Lean into Your Limits: A Q&A with Artist Phil Hansen

3/29/2019

We spoke with artist Phil Hansen about his love for creating, how he reframed his limiting beliefs, and how others can embrace their own limits.

How to Be an Explorer

3/22/2019

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

Embrace Limits to Become Limitless

3/15/2019

How artist Phil Hansen turned his limitation into a career-launching strength.

The Joy Effect: Why You Should Stop Chasing Happiness and Start Recognizing Joy

3/7/2019

Seven ways to normalize creating, identifying, and spreading joy.

Drive Your Own Delight: Q&A with Joy Seeker Ingrid Fetell Lee

2/22/2019

As makers of our own luck, joy is actually something we can design for. But how?

Joy is Serious Business

2/15/2019

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. 

Joy, Limitations, Gathering, Exploration, and Humility

2/8/2019

Announcing Studio/E's 2019 program calendar

A Quest to Reimagine the Face of Education

2/1/2019

Amanda Kopischke has a passion: to reimagine education to better prepare students as they launch into adulthood.

Exploratory Leadership: What It Is and How to Develop It

1/25/2019

You are the leader of your own life, and as such, learning how to lead is very important -- both personally and professionally.

Q&A with Target Chief Creative Officer, Todd Waterbury

1/14/2019

Target CCO Todd Waterbury's fearless exploration has landed him innovative partnerships with brands like The Grammys and Vogue.

Q&A with CaringBridge CEO Liwanag Ojala

1/11/2019

Before nearly a quarter of the world population was on Facebook and 100 million photos…

Metaphors and Exploration: A Q&A with Dessa

1/4/2019

A Q&A with the singer, rapper, and writer Dessa.

Navigating Forward: A Q&A with Polar Explorer Tyler Fish

12/28/2018

Q&A with polar explorer and author of the book Forward: The First American Unsupported Expedition to the North Pole.

Giving is Living: Eight Organizations We're Donating To This Year

12/21/2018

A list of eight organizations we donated to during the 2018 holiday season.

Egypt's Sunken Cities: Takeaways From a Museum Tour

12/14/2018

Three takeaways from Egypt's Sunken Cities at Mia.

Declarations and Actions – The Studio/E Compass Part 3

11/30/2018

The final steps of the Studio/E Compass are arguably the most important when it comes to launching your Ideas.

That's Angertainment

11/27/2018

Studio/E co-founder Nate Garvis on the antidote to Angertainment.

The Studio/E Gratitude Roundup

11/20/2018

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

Competency Questions – The Studio/E Compass Part 2

11/15/2018

Part 2 in a 3-part series on the Studio/E Compass.

Idea and MVP: The Studio/E Compass Part 1

11/9/2018

Part 1 in a 3-part series on the Studio/E Compass.

Journey to Disrupting an Industry

11/2/2018

This writer and director is poised to change the way we consume media.

Build Your Resiliency, Blast Your Stress

10/25/2018

Expert on resiliency and human performance Jenny C. Evans offers tips for raising your resiliency and combatting your stress.

This Writer and Director Wants to Change the Way We Consume Media

10/18/2018

A Q&A with award-winning film writer and director Eric D. Howell.

Resiliency Training: An Effective Way to Combat Stress

10/12/2018

Q&A with expert on resiliency and human performance, Jenny Evans.

The Case for Speaking the Universal Language

10/5/2018

Visual communicator Dan Roam on the power of drawing for effective communication.

Known vs. Unknown Zone: the Studio/E Map Part 3

9/28/2018

Part 3 in a 3-part series In Known vs. Unknown Zones: the Studio/E Map Part…

Known vs. Unknown Zone: the Studio/E Map Part 2

9/21/2018

Part 2 in a 3-part series. In Known vs. Unknown Zones: the Studio/E Map Part…

Actions are Driven by What You See

9/13/2018

Dan Roam has been expressing himself with visuals since he could hold a crayon. Today,…

Known vs. Unknown Zone: the Studio/E Map Part 1

9/7/2018

Part 1 in a 3-part series. How do you know when you cross the line…

Be Vulnerable. Gather Feedback. Pursue Your Passion.

8/31/2018

How an anesthesiologist gathered feedback and gained insight on his idea to disrupt surgical care.

Breaking Through the Surgical Care Continuum

8/21/2018

This anesthesiologist is bringing innovation to the U.S. healthcare market.

Leading Like an Explorer Within an Organization

8/14/2018

Andy Zimney is an exploratory leader. He confronts ambiguity with an open mind and a…

Celebrate What's Right With the World

8/7/2018

Your Mindset is the lens through which you see the world. It is so powerful…

If You Don't See It, Build It

8/3/2018

A Q&A with co-creators of Scout Workshop.

We're Learning, Too

7/27/2018

We help people and organizations move ideas forward. We share what we've learned from experience…

Raise Your Resiliency

7/20/2018

Three ways to stress-proof your brain and become more resilient.

Playing the Pivot: A CEO's New Journey

7/13/2018

CEO of TransForm Corp, Sarah McNally, takes her company in a new direction.

The Case For a Day at Play

7/5/2018

Why pursuing play is essential for leaders As children, our lives are designed around play.…

Individuals Wanted for Hazardous Journey

6/27/2018

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.

Pursue Your Purpose

6/20/2018

A Q&A with TransForm Corp CEO Sarah McNally.

10 Things to Know About Gen Z

6/15/2018

Gen Z is about to enter the workplace, meaning we are about to enter a…

The Half-Hour Walk that Took Five Hours

6/8/2018

Friends since childhood, co-founders Nate Garvis and Tom Wiese decided to take a short stroll…

Hold Tight to Your Moral Compass

5/31/2018

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

Gen Z - The Next Generation in the Workplace

5/25/2018

Generations experts David Stillman and Jonah Stillman on how to handle Gen Z when they hit the workplace.

When Building Your Network, Think Diverse Over Big

5/18/2018

If you want to learn and grow, hang out with people who know what you don't know.

Your Ideas Matter

5/4/2018

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

Inside the Launch of Hands and Feet

4/26/2018

We're not all math people, but here's an equation we know well: Good Idea +…

Leaving a Legacy of Love: Q&A with Founder of Hands & Feet

4/20/2018

Did you know that one in six children in Minnesota face hunger daily? If you…

Power and Beauty: A Studio/E Tour at Mia

4/17/2018

What separates good leaders from the great? Art.

Man's Search for Meaning

3/21/2018

We read a lot of books. The topics we consume are vast, but there are…

Alice Riot and Midwest Pantry: The Learning Journeys

3/2/2018

How Studio/E members launched Alice Riot and Midwest Pantry.

Conquering the Open Water: Q&A with Long-Distance Swimmer Lynne Cox

2/27/2018

She swam across the Catalina Straight at age 14. She was the first person to…

Found in Translation: Fireside Chat with Citizens League Executive Director Pahoua Hoffman

2/26/2018

Fleeing to America as a young refugee in 1976, Pahoua Hoffman found herself in kindergarten…

Say Yes to Your Dreams: Q&A with Kelly Groehler of Alice Riot

2/26/2018

When you purchase an item, you're doing a lot more than supporting a brand --…

Achieving the Collective Dream: Q&A with Elizabeth Sarquis of Jukko

2/23/2018

Mobile games can improve the world. That's what Founder and CEO of Global Gaming Initiative Elizabeth…

Growing the Minnesota Food Hub: Q&A with Chad Gillard of Midwest Pantry

2/20/2018

A blossoming food epicenter of the Midwest, Minnesota is rapidly gaining traction as the place to start…

Learning to Disagree: Q&A with Citizens League Executive Director Pahoua Hoffman

2/20/2018

The tsunami of political "angertainment" is headed our way, and with an unusually large number…

Knowledge Box: Leadership and Impact

1/3/2018

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.

Coming Together as a Community Through ManyOne

12/14/2017

Studio/E is one of those rare places where people of all stripes are invited in…

Organizations Exploring Greater Possibilities for Success

12/14/2017

Recently we’ve been fortunate to have two talented teams from two wonderful businesses put their…

Studio/E GPS Recap

11/10/2017

Guest post by Jared Hanks For about a year, I've been working with Studio/E to produce…

A Hero's Journey

9/20/2017

Heroes play an influential role at Studio/E: authors, explorers, rule-breakers, artists and business starters. But…

The Obstacle is the Way

8/23/2017

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.

Event Recap: #ideaSLAM

8/9/2017

Thank you to everyone who showed up to the #ideaSLAM. It was gratifying for us…

#ideaSLAM Exhibitioners Round Two

7/19/2017

In anticipation of our upcoming #ideaSLAM -- an event during which five members will get…

#ideaSLAM Expeditioners

7/5/2017

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:

Creating Networks with Gardner Builders

6/28/2017

When Bob Gardner, CEO of Gardner Builders, asked us if we could help him and his…

On Presence

6/21/2017

Each month we choose a subject to base our content, events and learning on, and…

You Have Your Own Answers

6/7/2017

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

5/31/2017

It has been quite awhile since most of us were in elementary school and learned…

If You Want to Change Tomorrow, Talk to a Young Mind Today

5/24/2017

This past weekend we beta tested a program for young explorers with the aim of helping…

Make Way for Gen Z

5/17/2017

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.

Everyone Needs a Monster

4/26/2017

Last week we took a tour through one of the most unusual but equally fascinating…

Enrollment: The Catalyst to Your Idea

4/19/2017

We just sent off cohorts R and S off to sea as they graduated from our…

Studio/E Required Reading

4/12/2017

We think books are the second greatest way to gain awareness about something (the first best…

What is Your Why?

4/4/2017

Why am I here? What do I have to contribute that will make a difference?…

The Unofficial Part VII of Big Magic

3/29/2017

We recently wrote a blog post about four things we learned from Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book, Big Magic. The truth is that we learned a lot more than we shared with readers, but we boiled it down to four takeaways.

Making Things Hard in the Right Way

3/22/2017

What we learned from our dogsledding trip with Voyageur Outward Bound.

Four Things we Learned from Big Magic

3/15/2017

Takeaways from this important read.

Top 10 Business Books We Read in 2016

3/8/2017

10 of our favorite books from 2016.

Welcome to the Studio/E Blog

3/1/2017

We have launched a blog because every day we hear of new inspiring ideas our members are working on. Because we read so many good books that we want to recommend but don't have the vehicle to do so. Because we want to share what we've learned over the years working with hundreds of folks who are stuck, but who have so much passion and so many great ideas that they need to move forward.

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