139: Eureka moments in the shower - with Reed Felton

About Reed Felton

Reed Felton has 34 years of custom manufacturing and leadership experience and is President of Accelerated Fastening and Versatile products.
Felton has a broad range of experiences in innovation and manufacturing, employee development, team building, fostering accountability, and the development and deployment of several best practice coaching tools.


You have an expression that you use… Righteous Impatience… what does it mean and what is the genesis of that expression?

“so, I’ve worked with several other innovators, some really good, and some not so good. But the qualities of the innovators that I’ve worked with, and these are process innovators, product innovators. Is that when they want to get something done, I see a certain will that they have…”


Your work has been a collection of many creative projects and pursuits. Is there anything you do to enhance your creativity?

“One of the, I’d say, bedrocks of creativity is humility. I have a saying, I have a lot of ideas, 99% of them suck, I live for the 1% that don’t suck. And if you are in a creative pursuit…”


I know you to be a person that loves to learn. What can you share with us today about your learning style? What are the best conditions for you for maximum learning?

“I have taught myself a lot of things, simply by reading. But what optimizes my learning capability, is a passionate curiosity about the subject. Why do I want to learn it, will it help me…”


Can you share with me your most successful or favorite networking story/experience that you’ve had?

“this was about three years ago, I was working as the chief innovation officer for strive orthopedic. Working with a very successful orthopedic surgeon. And we were planning on attending a medical seminar in Cleveland or at the Cleveland Clinic…”


How do you stay in front of, or best nurture your network community?

“Well, I go to a limited number of events… What environment is best suited to networking, well the simplest answer to that is simply an environment that has people…”


What advice do you have for the professional on growing their network?

“Well, I would say, reference what I just said. I have probably 1,200-1,500 people in my contacts. I review that list periodically…”


Digital networking or traditional networking?

“I think they are complementary. I am very comfortable in the traditional face to face networking, asking people questions. But LinkedIn especially has a place…”


If you could go back 20 years, what would you tell yourself to do more or less of regarding your career?

“I have probably taken every psychological profile known to man. So, I know what my strengths are and they do align with what I enjoy doing most. I would probably be a little more focused…”


We’ve all heard of the 6 degrees of separation… Now, who would be the one person you’d love to connect with and do you think you could do it within the 6th degree?

“Well, the one-person would-be Tim Allen. For a couple reason, one you may not suspect. A lot of people don’t know that Tim Allen spent time in prison…”


What book are you reading right now?

“I read on the internet. Probably 99% of my reading is on the internet or in the Wall Street Journal. But I am also reading a book right now called, Fast After 50. And one of my life goals was to stay in good enough physical condition that I could do adult sports with my adult children…”


Any final words of advice for our listeners?

“I’m a credentialled negotiation coach, and one of the terms and principals that they use is called, you must have a mission and purpose.”


You can get in contact with Reed at:

 (414) 881-6630