One of my earliest and most impactful mentors has been Toke Moeller. To say he has had an impact on my career and life would just be scratching the surface. One of the things he said to me the first time I met him around a fire in 2000 at a Slovenian Castle (you know, as you do ... ) was "keep good company".
The phrase has always stuck with me and played out in lots of ways, particularly as a mantra for who I hold close as friends in my life and who I choose to work with. There is now question that the results of my work are dependent on the quality of relationships I have with the people I deliver it with. Over the years I have chosen "my company" carefully and built relationships which enable us to offer services of an equal quality to any studio or bigger company. It is not by becoming bigger as a business that we can do this but by being more connected as friends, colleagues and entrepreneurs.
I wanted to introduce some of the brilliant people I get to work with. This is not only to showcase them and their work on my blog but also to make visible a business model that enables small entrepreneurs to collaborate and take their work to scale. There are notable omissions from this list. I have focused on folks I work with who are not facilitators / hosts / front of room. Check out the who page on my website for a full list of people and links to their sites.
Gary Blakemore - cutting edge music creation / production
I've known Gary since I was 18. He has always been one of those people who has blown me away with new music from across all genres. So when he got into music production and making his own music it just made sense to combine forces whenever possible. Any music, sound production or original music you hear on blogs and videos, that's Gary. Gary also produced and mastered my album with Marc Durkee - Everyone Else Is Taken .
Karen Densmore - top notch project management, strategic counsel and communications
Karen is the back bone of the many of the major projects you see on The Work page. She joined in the role of project management and communications and quickly became a key strategic thinking partner. She also supports with co-facilitation and recently added media relations to her tool box! Her ability to learn skills in response to the needs of the projects we have taken on together has been outstanding, especially when it comes to public engagement work. More on Karen on her website .
Katie Condon - managing partner and administration
Katie is my wife and life partner. She also has an incredible attention to detail. Her partnership, guidance and friendship are a massive part of anything I do. Katie runs my business; from bookkeeping, calendaring and contracts to helping me think through complex professional issues. She also has her own bookkeeping business where she provides cloud based accounting and some admin support for small to medium sized businesses.
Meg Craig Wiens - branding genius and fabulous website builder
Robert Wright - advice, coaching and therapy
Tim Reeves Horton & Justin Pickens, Picnic Studios - video
When I read the book ReWork (by the folks who made Basecamp) they had this whole section on "hiring mangers of one". It made total sense to me. I find I am working with brilliant mangers of one (or two or three but not big companies). To finish, here's a quote I took from their website which talks about it:
When you’re hiring, seek out people who are managers of one.
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