143: Brainstorm like a kindergartner - with Terri Rundell

About Terri Rundell

Terri is a former fortune 100 leader, turned entrepreneur. She is passionate about creating excitement and urgency that starts a movement around an idea or opportunity and results in energized people creating a lasting, valuable impact they're proud of. 
Terri's current movement is to help organizations achieve breakout success by getting personal and unleashing creativity. Her company, Dezign2Think, works with leaders and teams to imagine, innovate and experience their way to better futures.


How does it feel to be a new entrepreneur after spending 20+ years in corporate America?

“it's both daunting and totally exhilarating. So. In today’s language, you would probably have described me as an intrapreneur for most of my corporate experience. I worked in three different major functions of one big company.”


How does “getting personal” and “unleashing creativity” help organizations achieve breakout success?

“so, if we think about what’s happening in our world, we all expect everything to be personal. We want everything to be personalized. We shop on Amazon and we expect it to give us ten more things like the thing we are searching for or related to the thing we are searching…”


What is the most fun thing you’ve done in the last month?

“the most fun non-business, my family and I went to an escape room. Now you might think I have been to an escape room and yea that’s pretty fun but I’m not sure it would be the most fun. Well, I have a 17-year old and a 19-year old.”


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

“so, when I came out of corporate one of the things, we offer is a 3-day Bootcamp. And it’s a 3-day Bootcamp in experience design and you might say well what the heck is that. Its really learning what your customers want and need from you…”


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

“so, I like to think about certain relationships as sort of centers of influence. So, these are people who I am not going to sell my services to because they don’t need what I bring. But they are people who know others that might need what I bring so for those folks I really want to stay connected with them and help them achieve want they want to achieve as well.”


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

“know the kind of person that you want to meet and why. So, build yourself a persona or an avatar or a profile of the exact right person for you to meet…”


Digital networking or traditional networking?

“I think they serve different purposes. Social media especially for me right now, LinkedIn is super important. I need to reach lots of people, I need to see what lots of people are doing, and I can’t do that in one on one conversations…”


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

“I would tell my 20-yr-old self to not give up on pushing the envelope and breaking the rules. I would then also tell my 20-yr-old self you are probably not going to do that in one hundred or a one hundred and fifty-year-old company…”


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?

“I would love to connect with Brendon Burchard and Brene Brown. Apparently, all of those start with B. and I am through networking getting pretty close to Brene Brown…”


What book are you reading right now?

“I am reading, You Are A Badass… and that book is awesome because its funny first of all, it's really funny and it's honest and true…”


Any final words of advice for our listeners?

“When I am going to be with people that I need to talk to I always try to come in with some sort of conversation starter that’s better than, what do you do…”


You can get in contact with Terri at:

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Twitter: @RundellTerri

Instagram: @rundellterri