going first

In inspiration, leadership, motivation, relationships by Jay Clouse

I’m really lucky to be in Columbus, Ohio. Having been in one major city for the past nearly 10 years, I’ve been able to dig deeply into different communities here, and create a good name for myself in a handful of circles. Because I pushed myself to “network” and volunteer in the community several years ago, it’s actually not very …

getting to the edges pt. 2

In deep thoughts, inspiration, leadership, motivation by Jay Clouse

Yesterday I wrote about getting to the edges of a space in order to create new and original thought (therefore being a leader in defining the next edge). That sounds simple enough — but it’s certainly not easy. It’s a time-consuming and intense challenge to stay at the edge while also trying to lead others at the edge. It’s easiest …

getting to the edges

In building a business, creativity, deep thoughts, inspiration, leadership, learning, motivation by Jay Clouse

If you’ve been following along recently, you know I’ve been on a kick about forming original thought. And it continued yesterday during an Unreal Collective group call when we discussed the merits and challenges of creating unique or proprietary language! As I think about writing more and making my own assertions, frameworks, and methods, I find myself having the most …

relationships and infinite games follow up

In inspiration, leadership, learning, relationships by Jay Clouse

I got a lot of great feedback on yesterday’s piece related to relationships and finite/infinite games. A little bit of inside baseball, I realized the terms “finite” and “infinite” games may be new to some folks. I borrowed the phrase from a book by James Carse called, Finite and Infinite Games. The phrases are defined on the cover of the …

social contracts

In leadership, learning, relationships by Jay Clouse

Last week I was in Calgary (Alberta, Canada) speaking at an event called INVENTURE$ by Alberta Innovates. The conference brought together government, entrepreneurs, investors, and big corporate with the goal of new economic development in Alberta, which is historically an oil and gas province. During my short visit to Calgary, I had the opportunity to meet with some amazing people …

exercising agency and influence

In deep thoughts, inspiration, leadership, learning, motivation, relationships, stories by Jay Clouse

Learning to be a leader is one of the hardest things I’ve tried to do. Besides high school sports, my first leadership position was running a college newspaper organization, and I ran it into the ground. It no longer exists. Later on in college, I more successfully ran the OSU entrepreneurship organization, where I learned the important of succession planning. …

get the ball out of your court

In leadership, product management, productivity by Jay Clouse

For a product manager (and remember, we are all product managers) it is your job to achieve the most efficient process for a team to work together towards a common goal. It’s up to you to understand the timelines/deadline for completion and do everything within your power to hit those timelines. What I very quickly learned is that if I …

call and response

In leadership, relationships by Jay Clouse

For several years, I’ve helped put some small dinner meetups together. We usually have 10-20 entrepreneurs, artists, and investors in the room with the promise of good group discussion. We start the discussion with introductions. But the veterans know that the whole point is the introductions. Talking about what everyone is involved in organically spins into fascinating conversation, and then …