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10 Questions with Gregory Brown

Work should not be boring!

With experience in Fortune 5 and 500 companies, as well as being the co-founder of The Ponies improv troupe, Gregory Brown helps you reclaim the joy in your business and personal life. Gregory’s career titles include Supervisor, Manager, Director, VP, and PMO Officer. With proven, field tested skills, Gregory knows how to guide you as you accelerate your own corporate or entrepreneurial efforts.

Gregory’s family pulled themselves out of poverty and created a solid blue-collar lifestyle. After seeing his father have back surgery, due to his job, and his mother get her back broken in an industrial sewing machine accident, he realized factory work and hard physical labor had dignity, but could literally be back-breaking. At age 14 he made the decision to find a better way to navigate the world of work. Although he had no one to show him the way, he created a roadmap that balanced his heart and his head on the path to joy, success, and wealth.

Gregory is now undeniably successful and comfortably wealthy. He brings his years of experience to help you be courageous and make fear your ally not your enemy. If you’re looking to level up your budding business, your W2 job, or your personal life then you are a great fit for the “Confidently Creating Intentional Success” Ingomu learning community.

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED AND WHY?
When I was 16, I went to work in a discount shoe store. We got shoes in by the pallet load and my job was to unload and stock them. There was a man named Sam who was in his early 80's who turned to me one day and said, "Young man, he who tooteth not his own horn the same shall not be tooted." At the time I dismissed it and went on my way.

But it stuck with me.

When the hubris of youth wore off, I realized Sam was telling me that you have to learn the art of self-promotion. It's not enough to do good work if no one knows you are doing it. If you don't learn this important skill, you will miss out on opportunities to those who may have lesser ability, but who have learned to toot their own horn.

Decades later, it's still great advice.

WHO HAS INSPIRED YOU AND WHY?
Viola Spolin, Del Close and scores of other modern masters of comedic and applied improvisation. Through their teachings I've learned the power of "Yes, and," as opposed to the blockage of the word "but". But closes down conversations, brain-storming, and productive meetings. "Yes, and", opens up new ideas and is an invitation to expand and become more as an individual, and an organization. I especially love the power of applied improvisation and how it can transform sales, management, and leadership teams.

WHAT IS THE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU COULD SHARE WITH OUR READERS TO UPLIFT THEM IN LIFE AND CAREER?
The best way to get what you want, or to find out what someone else is thinking, is to ask. We all tell ourselves stories that may or may not be true. You won't find the truth until you ASK.

Bonus:  Never chew gum in public. Some things are meant for private enjoyment only.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK AND HOW DID IT INSPIRE YOU?
I'm a voracious reader and usually read somewhere between 80 - 100ish books per year. I've gained a great deal of knowledge and a warehouse full of trivia from both fiction and non-fiction.

The first book that inspired me was actually a series. It was the OZ books by L. Frank Baum. I grew up in the rural mid-west and there was a small library, in a small building, in a small town about 20 minutes away from us. My dad would drive me there every third Saturday and I happily worked my way through all the OZ books they had. This series let me know there were worlds that were bigger and brighter than any I'd ever known, even if they were fictional. They are what started me dreaming.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX?
I pander to the desires of my rescue dog (King Cavalier Spaniel/Dachshund mix) by taking him on long walks in nature. While we're out we watch birds, smell the flowers in our neighbors' yards, and harry the occasional squirrel. He's also very social and will start yelling in a high-pitched, excited squeal when he sees any of his canine friends. We also love to sing along (howl) with fire trucks, ambulances, and any emergency vehicle. He has a lovely tenor.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU OR YOUR INDUSTRY FACES, AND HOW DO YOU OVERCOME THOSE?
Most industries realize that it's time to challenge the "truths" learned in the industrial age. The days of working for the same organization for 40 years in a brick-and-mortar building and then getting a gold watch and pension are gone.

You have to realize you are the president and CEO of your own PERSONAL organization. If you sell your time to someone else in a W2 job then you should do great work for them AND realize that you are still in charge of your career and/or business. That includes learning to make fear an ally and not an enemy. This will help lessen impostor syndrome, procrastination, and other self-defeating behaviors that keep you from being the best version of yourself that you really are.

WHAT IS ONE TREND IN YOUR INDUSTRY THAT EXCITES YOU?
Tools and techniques that used to be called "Woo-Woo" are now accepted for their ability to impact the bottom line as well as employee engagement.

Science and business intelligence are catching up to the new Woo.

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU DO EVERY DAY THAT ADDS TO YOUR SUCCESS?
The short answer is, I write.

The expanded version:
I journal on a nightly basis using this format. 

- I write a brief overview of the day and anything that stood out for me.
- I document at least one thing I'm grateful for that day.
- I capture at least one thing that I found to be beautiful from my day.

When I was working in the corporate world, I would write a weekly recap of what I'd accomplished. It was highly useful during reviews and promotion opportunities to be able to detail exactly what I'd accomplished and how that contributed to the success of the organization.

WHAT TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT?
My Drinkmate seltzer maker. I love sparkling water - and yes, it travels with me on road trips.

PLEASE, FINISH THIS STATEMENT: LEADERSHIP IS...
Living in integrity.

Right now, if someone were looking at you as an example of leadership. Would you be proud to have them practicing what you model?


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