Blog Posts

Creative Flow or Wasteland? Nancy Drew Provides the Clues

By Jean Storlie / January 16, 2024 /

My calendar did not include an emergency meeting with the PR department that entailed challenging negotiations about technically accurate nutrition information versus consumer-friendly language. Although tensions between the nutrition and PR functions predated my tenure … the dynamics were escalating too far. During the meeting, my team (nutrition communications) was criticized for creating dull, uninteresting…

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A Boulder Circle Story

By Jean Storlie / November 29, 2023 /

I vividly remember walking along Boulder’s chill yet vibrant pedestrian mall, mesmerized by the nearby foothills. It was the summer of 1995, and I was six-months pregnant with my second daughter. The Sterling Rice Group (SRG), a creative agency based in Boulder, was convening a client meeting to develop concepts for a new line of…

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The Haunted House: Creating Stories about Places

By Jean Storlie / April 28, 2023 /

My little-girl self was terrified of the deserted farmhouse up a dirt road from the suburb where I grew up in the 1960s. The family who had lived there still owned the land and rented the pasture and barn to local horse owners. The abandoned house seemed to be crumbling into the ground. When my…

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Innovation Storytellers Podcast with Susan Lindner

By Jean Storlie / April 27, 2022 /

Cultural anthropologist, brand marketer, and disruptor, Susan Lindner believes that incredible connections change the world. Starting her career as an AIDS educator in the brothels of Thailand, she helped turn former prostitutes into entrepreneurs. Today, she’s an Innovation Storyteller and Founder of Emerging Media, an innovation communications consultancy dedicated to helping innovators and disruptors to create…

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“I Can’t Leave My Baby Behind”

By Jean Storlie / March 24, 2022 /

By Lois Storlie (with assistance from Jean Storlie) The youngest of eleven, my Grandma Mary (Mimmi) was born in Målselv, Norway, a mountainous, apline region about 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle. In 1879, when Mimmi was about a year old, her parents, Ole and Marit Olson made a big decision to relocate to…

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Fraser River, Colorado

Rocky Mountain Inspiration

By Jean Storlie / March 14, 2022 /

    “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” ―Helen Keller

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Leadership Lessons from British Crime Dramas

By Jean Storlie / February 10, 2022 /

Minnesota’s long stretches of sub-zero temps this winter gave me a good reason to curl up on the couch and watch British crime dramas, like Shetland, Broadchurch, DCI Banks, and River. I’ve been a fan of mysteries since my childhood—the suspense, problem solving, emotional struggles, and resolution tickle my fancy. The British take on crime…

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Reflections on MLK Day 2022

By Jean Storlie / January 17, 2022 /

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.   I went skiing today on one of my…

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Bring Magic to the Workplace

By Jean Storlie / October 29, 2021 /

Yesterday, walking into the local food shelf  where I volunteer, I encountered a staff member dressed as a skeleton. She told me they were hosting a trick or treat event for the community, so the staff decided to dress in costumes. As someone who loves Halloween (my birthday is Oct. 30), I embraced their spirit.…

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Struggling Whether to Finish or Quit?

By Jean Storlie / July 23, 2021 /

Last year, I wanted to resign from a volunteer role about six months before the end of my term. There were many, many rational reasons why it made sense to walk away from a toxic situation. But something inside me wouldn’t let me quit. Every time I’ve faced the dilemma about quitting versus finishing something,…

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