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091: Wade Fransson: This is not the tent

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091: Wade Fransson: This is not the tent

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Wade Fransson Show Notes

Wade Fransson was a junior in High School and spent ten months living in a tent through the Alaskan winter. Having to endure the cold winter by using a portable stove served to be too much for Wade when the stove blew up in his face. Listen to Wade tell his story of surviving and making a greater impact.

While most of us were born and raised somewhere, Wade Fransson struggles with how to answer this question. Born in Vancouver Canada, by the time he was 9 he had lived in three countries, and attended three different schools in California, Washington State and Sweden. This is a result of Wade’s unique background, which includes divorce, a domestic kidnapping, in which his father smuggled him out of the country, and an international legal battle which was eventually decided by the Supreme Court of Sweden.

All this, and much more, is detailed in his first book, The People of the Sign. The book ends in 1995 with his resignation from the WorldWide Church of God, but Wade’s life was really just beginning. His first inclination was to pursue teaching, and he spent 18 months in fourth and fifth grade classrooms while pursing those credentials. As much as Wade loved working with the children, he came to realize that to support his family in the way he hoped he would be forced to pursue administrative roles that held no appeal to him.

So he established a successful business, which became a springboard into the corporate world, where he held significant roles in noteworthy companies, while pursuing an MBA. Along the way he has continued to struggle with the integration of his prior beliefs, his desire to practice true religion, as defined by helping those in need, and his desire for material success. This struggle, which is common to all of us in one way or another, is documented in the sequel to The People of the Sign, titled The Hardness of the Heart.

Wade leveraged the fruits of his experience as a successful corporate executive to build and manage a small Real Estate Investment portfolio and establish the Internet Startup GoHuman.com.  More recently he established Something or other Publishing (SOOP), a groundbreaking company that combines the potential of Social Media and Self-Publishing in their Author Driven Publishing model.

Beyond his job as a manager if IT strategic sourcing at Kohl’s Department stores, Wade is also the Board Chair for the Virtues Project, a global grassroots movement working to integrate virtues unto all aspects of life.

Wade now lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two children, where he has successfully resisted all attempts to force him to add a dog to the family. But he confesses that it is “likely only a matter of time.”

Tweetable Quotes and Mentions

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“Understand where the other person is at so you can convey your ideas.” -Wade Fransson Click to Tweet

“With people at odds against each other, do you think we could have positive progress?” -Wade Fransson Click to Tweet

“Find some common ground or point of understanding to move forward.” -Wade Fransson Click to Tweet 

“I try to build trust so that I become their ally rather than their enemy.” -Wade Fransson Click to Tweet 

“My difficult negotiations are not with the other side, it’s with those internally.” -Wade Fransson Click to Tweet 

“Science and religion can be integrated.” -Wade Fransson Click to Tweet 

“Man became the most invasive species when it learned certain aspects of cooperation.” -Wade Fransson Click to Tweet 

“To get people to broaden their worldview you have to understand where they’re coming from.” -Wade Fransson Click to Tweet 

“My job is to create a competitive advantage with greater flow of value.” -Wade Fransson Click to Tweet 

“Every time I do a deal I’m thinking competitive advantage.” -Wade Fransson Click to Tweet 

“You take truthfulness and love and you’ve pretty much got it all wrapped up.” -Wade Fransson Click to Tweet 

“My goal is to leave the world in a better place than I found it.” -Wade Fransson Click to Tweet 

“There’s no better way to work on yourself than through the act of helping others.” -Wade Fransson Click to Tweet 

“You really need to have a clear vision and establish the right culture to succeed.” -Wade Fransson Click to Tweet 

“What is the real underlying issue, not the superficial answers?” -Wade Fransson Click to Tweet 

“We cannot achieve a fraction of what we could achieve through our own efforts.” -Wade Fransson Click to Tweet 

“Humility is what will enable other people to work with you.” -Wade Fransson Click to Tweet 

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Wade Fransson was a junior in High School and spent ten months living in a tent through the Alaskan winter. Having to endure the cold winter by using a portable stove served to be too much for Wade when the stove blew up in his face. Listen to Wade tell his story of surviving and making a greater impact.

Advice for others

It’s not a dog eat dog world.

Holding him back from being an even better leader

Struggling with baggage and its effect on interpersonal relationships. Working on stability and balance within myself.

Best Leadership Advice Received

It’s all about vision and setting the right culture.

Secret to Success

An analytical mind and unpacking a problem and getting to the core of the problem.

Best tools that helps in business or Life

The technical skills to learn and use tools better than most people.

Recommended Reading

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

The Biology of Belief 10th Anniversary Edition: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter & Miracles

Contacting Wade

Website: http://wadefransson.com/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wfransson

Resources

The People of the Sign
The Hardness of the Heart


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Your Fast Leader Show host is Jim Rembach. Jim is a panel expert with the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA) and spent many years in contact center operations and leverages this to help others. He is a certified Emotional Intelligence (EQ) practitioner, Certified Employee Retention Specialist, Certified Better Place to Work Expert, and frequently quoted industry expert.