December 2017 – Funky Thinkers


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Quit bleeping around…

Quit bleeping around...

Quit bleeping around...

Christina specializes in super achieving and it is her personal mission to help individuals achieve more in life. She accomplishes this mission through her company, Quit Bleeping Around, and has published a series of books as well as a podcast show, all of which can be accessed at

Christina has a B.S. and M.S. in Criminal Justice Leadership, an M.S. in Education with a specialization in Training and Performance Improvement, and is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC).

In the episode, we discuss Fort Boyard and there is a full episode below for you to enjoy...

Plus jump over to Christina's site to get the goodies we talked about.

“A red felt pool table and a pinball machine does not tick the culture box”.

"A red felt pool table and a pinball machine does not tick the culture box”.

Ian Farrar

Ian Farrar - Funky Thinker

Sales professional Ian Farrar has over 20 years in global business development roles.  Trained by the UK Institute of Directors, Ian has successfully negotiated business deals… scams, martial arts street fights and car crashes across the Middle and Far East.
With a strong, global network of influential contacts to call on, Ian has held management and operational leadership positions for engineering and technology companies.  Ian also has impressive experience holding non-executive directorships for public sector organisations.

Passionate about driving growth and exposure into forward thinking clients, Ian founded the sales and marketing agency Far North to assist manufacturing and software companies in his native North-East England.
Ian enjoys working with clients to coach them through their business growth and strategy plans and works one-on-one with individuals to realise their potential.  Ian delivers upskilling group masterclasses such as Business Model Canvas, Social Media Mastery and Sales Leadership.

As a self-confessed Social Evangelist, Ian embraces relationships across many social platforms.  Founding and hosting the UK’s top-ranking business podcast Industry Angel, saw Ian nominated for a 2016 European influencer award alongside Gary Vaynerchuk and Tim Ferris.

In his speaking roles, Ian often shares his burn out experience that landed him pushing through businesses meetings with beta blockers and ultimately collapsing in hospital.  Ian subsequently fired himself from corporate life in 2015.  With a calling to share his thoughts on culture and leadership, Ian speaks passionately about the need for leaders to protect their teams from work place stress.  “People don't leave a good position, they leave a bad manager.  A red felt pool table and a pinball machine does not tick the culture box”.

Not just management as usual

Not just management as usual


David Holzmer PhD

Dr. David Holzmer is researcher, consultant, and leadership innovator who has pioneered new, more effective strategies for helping businesses awaken workforce engagement, creativity and resilience. Through evidence-based approaches, he teaches companies how to break free of "management-as-usual" and the outdated practices that actually stifle intelligence, creativity, and initiative.
Instead, he shows organizations how to develop cultures that are better equipped to navigate continuous change and align with the critical forces now driving value-creation in the 21st century.

Raised in a small family business, David understood early on the struggles organizations go through to work together and be successful. At the family's hardware store, David learned quickly that this process was never easy. For example, despite his family's best efforts, David saw that one of the hardest parts of business was keeping workers and management on the same page.

As the technology transformed the world of business and the job of managing a workforce, the hardware store struggled to keep pace. Around the time the hardware store closed, David was ready for a change. Seeking work more aligned with his people-centered values, David began what would become a 16-year career in the human service industry.

While the work with clients very gratifying, David was soon encountering the same us-versus-them workplace dynamic he saw in the hardware store. His frustration grew as, once again, he saw how these divisions make the job more difficult, kept morale low, and lowered the quality of service experienced by end-users.

Now a supervisor and desperate for solutions, David thought that more education was surely the answer! This led, in 2006, to a Masters Degree in Nonprofit Leadership. While this training offered David a broader range of management skills, he eventually realized that even the "newest" management thinking was basically a gentler version of the same ineffective top-down strategies he learned at the family hardware store.

In fact, now fully-convinced that most mainstream management approaches actually stifle workers' intelligence, creativity, and initiative, David decided to go further in his education in the hopes of finding more effective alternatives and becoming part of the solution.

In early 2017 David earned a Ph.D. in Ethical and Creative Leadership. His original research helped to expand mainstream understanding of how, even under the most turbulent conditions, organizations are able to keep their workforces creative, resilient, and--most importantly--engaged. David found that the key factors had little to do with traditional supports such as compensation, training, or resources. David's findings indicated that the key was in creating supportive work environments that leaned less on formal rules and control measures. Instead, the most effective team environments were those in which managers were consistently focused on creating collaborative work environments high in psychological safety, interdependence, coherence, and shared experiences.

David's findings are now creating something of a buzz in both academic and mainstream circles. This has included opportunities to present his original approach to management and leadership in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Through his consulting practice David is now sharing his ideas through trainings and keynote presentations to organizations across the globe.

Semi pro poker player takes on the big guns

Semi pro poker player takes on the big guns

Funky Thinker Eric Horn has developed Blastchat, a social messaging app that allows you to blast direct messages to your most important friends, customers, fans and others via push notifications. We have simplified the process of sharing real time information with the most important people in your life. In a marketplace full of distraction, we are saving you time by helping you:

1. Send information directly to the people who want to receive your information.

2. Have the information you care about the most delivered directly to your lock screen on your phone as opposed to searching for it on other platforms.

It's extremely easy to use. Create the message then press blast and a second later every recipient will receive a push notification with your message. You then will have 24 hours to chat with them individually.

Eric started hustling when he was 12. He has sold skittles on the playground that he bought in bulk from Costco. He has worked as a bike deliveryman, a car deliveryman, an emt-b, insurance salesman, enterprise IT salesman and semi-pro poker player.

Watch the safety video below.