A Conversation on Meaningful Work with Vincent Stanley

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Earlier this year, I sat down with Vincent Stanley, Patagonia’s Director of Philosophy, to uncover the simple secrets to his success as a creative professional and team leader. Co-author with Yvon Chouinard of The Responsible Company, Vincent spent many of his years at Patagonia - on & off since it's beginning in 1973 - working in key executive roles as head of sales or marketing.

Vincent has accumulated a wealth of wisdom that can benefit the creative professional who’s determined to build a career of meaningful work. He helped develop the Footprint Chronicles, Patagonia’s interactive website that outlines the social and environmental impact of its products; the Common Threads Partnership; and Patagonia Books. He is a visiting fellow at the Yale School of Management. He is also a poet whose work has appeared in Best American Poetry. 

During our conversation - which I’ve transcribed & lightly edited - we discussed the importance of killing the inner editor and taming the ego and explored the benefits of leading from the back and applying soft influence. We uncovered Vincent's writing habits, his team leadership style, and his secret for making time feel elastic.

If you’re working in a role that requires your balancing creativity and leadership, I think that you’ll find Vincent’s lessons and advice incredibly useful. You can read the complete interview here

At the conclusion of the interview, I’ve included links to a dozen additional learning resources to support your further exploration of the key themes that emerged from our conversation. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the interview and the learning resources. I'm especially interested if you have any recommendations on additional exercises that might be used to tame the ego, make time elastic and engage the whole person.

Enjoy!