Creative Genius Podcast
Two good friends who also happen to be the two co-founders of a creative consultancy for designers, Gail Doby and Erin Weir share how their long and enduring friendship impacts the way they inspire each other and work through whatever life and business challenges come their way. In their own honest musings, and also in their open conversations with speakers, authors, and influencers, they further their own journey as friends and founders, causing us to further our own journeys, too.
Gail and Erin talk with organizational psychologist Dr. Benjamin Hardy, creator of the Future Self Program, author of Personality Is Not Permanent and Willpower Doesn’t Work, and a regular contributor to Inc. and Psychology Today. Dr. Hardy’s blogs have been read by over 100 million people and are featured on Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Fortune, CNBC, Cheddar, and many others.
In today’s episode, Gail and Erin talk with Lisa Kahn, lead designer and CEO of Lisa Kahn Designs in Naples, Florida, who specializes in creating peaceful, nurturing sanctuary spaces that harmonize the built environment, the natural world, and the human spirit.
In today’s episode, Gail and Erin discuss adjusting your business model when you see that your current model isn’t working. “You can tell pretty quickly whether your model is working by reviewing the bottom line on your monthly profit and loss statement. If you’re losing money month after month, something is wrong and you have to fix it.” Says Gail.
How do you scale a new business up quickly? How do you find the people you need to make your business grow and succeed? What do you do if things start to go wrong?
In this episode, Gail and Erin talk with designer extraordinaire Garrison Hullinger, founder and principal designer of Garrison Hullinger Interior Design in Portland, Oregon, specializing in residential, commercial, and hospitality design.
Reflecting on their 15 years together, Gail and Erin have come to recognize that major setbacks occur about every seven to eight years. Anticipating disruptions needs to be a part of business planning. “We need to be thinking about the ‘what if’ all the time,” says Gail. “If you’re not that person who’s making contingency plans for your business, then you need someone who can be that person for your team.”
In this episode, Gail and Erin talk with Joshua Kirk, owner and co-founder of Improv Leap, which provides improvisational experiences and workshops for businesses, schools, and community and religious groups to help individuals and teams connect and communicate more effectively.
In today’s episode, Gail and Erin talk about the lessons they’ve learned from dealing with the many ups and downs they’ve experienced in their 15 years of business together. Think of it as a survival guide for your business.
In today’s episode, Gail and Erin talk with innovation guru Chuck Swoboda, Innovator-in-Residence at Marquette University, author of The Innovator’s Spirit: Discover the Mindset to Pursue the Impossible, and host of the “Innovators on Tap” podcast. He is also the founder of Cape Point Advisors, an innovation and technology consultancy; the former chairman and CEO of Cree, where he led the LED revolution; and a contributor to Forbes magazine, writing about the intersection of innovation and leadership.
What does it take to be design superstar? In today’s episode, Gail and Erin talk with multi-award-winning designer Jamie Drake, founder and partner, Drake/Anderson in New York City. Widely admired for his stunning interiors and sophisticated product lines, Jamie is a member of Interior Design magazine’s Interior Design Hall of Fame, ELLE DECOR’s prestigious A-List, and of the exclusive Architectural Digest AD100.
Every business is a journey. You never know where it might lead you or what you might encounter along the way. It helps to have a trusted partner to provide support and counsel. In today’s episode, Gail and Erin relate the many stages their business has gone through and how their long and enduring friendship has supported and strengthened them throughout their journey.