Justin Ahrens / Beautiful Business Podcast

Justin Ahrens / Beautiful Business Podcast

Making Creative Matter with Justin Ahrens

  “Vulnerability doesn’t necessarily get easier… I want to be vulnerable more because I see the value of what that vulnerability can get me to.”

—  Justin Ahrens

In this episode, Steven Morris and Justin Ahrens discuss:

  • The role and responsibility of designers and creatives
  • Leading with awareness and authenticity
  • Experiencing vulnerability and doing meaningful work
  • How business should impact others

Key Takeaways:

  • Creatives have a greater responsibility to understand the impact they have on the people they influence. 
  • Giving yourself a licence to be seen as a Human is a beautiful way to be a leader. 
  • Vulnerability doesn’t get easier, but it gets easier to recognize the value and the courage it takes to be vulnerable. 
  • A beautiful business is one that has a clear idea of what they’re about and people who are part of it and interact with it feel seen, supported valued.

Get “The Beautiful Business” book by clicking on this link: https://the-beautiful-business.com/

Connect With Steven Morris:

Website: https://matterco.co/ 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevenmorris111/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/matter_smorris/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/StevenMMorris 

Connect With Justin Ahrens: 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/justinahrens/ 

Website: https://rule29.com/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/justinahrens

My Two Podcast Questions:

How would you describe a “beautiful business?” And, is there an example of a beautiful business you know or have worked with?

Is a beautiful business is one that has a clear idea of what they’re about and focuses on a culture where those that are a part of it feel valued and safe and seen, and those that interact with it feel the same. Those are the parts of business I wake up every day and thinking as a leader, what can I do to have everyone interacting with rule 29 feel that way.

— Justin Ahrens

Justin’s choice for a Beautiful Business: Patagonia

I think one of the organizations that I have a friend who’s actually doing some writing for them, That sounds like it would really fit what I’m talking about would be Patagonia. I think they’re a beautiful organization just based on how they were formed and what they’re about. But then, for them, they feel like they have an opportunity and a voice in this world and they use it.

— Justin Ahrens

What “Non-Business Book for Business Leaders” would you recommend?

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditations in Everyday Life

by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Description from Amazon: When Wherever You Go, There You Are was first published in 1994, no one could have predicted that the book would launch itself onto bestseller lists nationwide and sell over 750,000 copies to date. Ten years later, the book continues to change lives. In honor of the book’s 10th anniversary, Hyperion is proud to be releasing the book with a new afterword by the author, and to share this wonderful book with an even larger audience.

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