Resources for Supporting Your Hoped-For Future

Eri­ka shares her busi­ness think­ing to help you cre­ate the life you tru­ly want
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Erika’s Personal, Business and Leadership Blog

Eri­ka Ander­sen start­ed her blog in 2007, just after her first book was pub­lished. Over the years, it’s become a place to share her more per­son­al thoughts about life, rela­tion­ships, our plan­et, the future, and hav­ing a pos­i­tive impact in the world.

Books Change Cur­rent Affairs Uncat­e­go­rized

The Confluence of Passions

I love it when dif­fer­ent parts of my life inter­sect. It’s like a dou­ble help­ing of good­ness. Those of you…
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Books Change Peo­ple

The Birth of a Book: Lots of Work, Kind of a Mess, Joy at the End

  There are ways in which pub­lish­ing a book is like hav­ing a baby. It’s a spark of cre­ation leading…
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Cur­rent Affairs

“It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times…

…it was the age of wis­dom, it was the age of fool­ish­ness, it was the epoch of belief, it was…
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Change Family/Communication Reflec­tion

How to Change a Mind

I read an arti­cle last week not­ing that COVID vac­ci­na­tion is up in some of the states with the lowest…
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Books Change

The New Book — Two Years Later

It’s been an unimag­in­ably changed two years since I wrote that last post. The world has altered in ways that…
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Books Change

A New Book

Start­ing a new book is a lit­tle like the first few months of preg­nan­cy. (Gen­tle­men, you’re going to have to…
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Family/Communication Reflec­tion

In Praise of Siblings

I’m so glad to be a mem­ber of my family.
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Change Reflec­tion

Let’s Get Better At Changing

We can’t stop change. Let’s get bet­ter at it.
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Cur­rent Affairs Family/Communication Peo­ple Reflec­tion

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Would Be Proud

As my hus­band and I were dri­ving to our local #march­forourlives ral­ly last Sat­ur­day, we were talk­ing about the Parkland…
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Cur­rent Affairs Peo­ple Reflec­tion

Mandela and the Power of Learning

Nel­son Man­dela is a hero to me.  He embod­ied core qual­i­ties of a beau­ti­ful­ly, ful­­ly-lived life: courage, hope, com­pas­sion, and…
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Family/Communication Lead­er­ship Reflec­tion

Practical Magic

Some­times, believ­ing in mag­ic is the most prac­ti­cal way forward.
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Cur­rent Affairs Lead­er­ship

Racism Is Evil

Be a bea­con of light against darkness.
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Change Family/Communication Reflec­tion

Should You Retire Or Keep Working? Do Both

Strug­gling with soci­ety’s expec­ta­tions for “old­er work­ers”? Make your lat­er years work for you…
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Change Family/Communication Reflec­tion

Going Off-Road — Mentally

You know those TV ads that fea­ture rugged guys and pret­ty women explor­ing the wilder­ness in their shiny new Jeep Grand…
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Change Family/Communication Reflec­tion

Practical Activism

This is the time to be relent­less in stand­ing up for what you believe, to pro­tect our rights, our freedoms,…
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Family/Communication Reflec­tion

Cutting Back to Fulltime

Learn­ing to give your­self more of what you need is a fas­ci­nat­ing jour­ney at any age.
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Family/Communication Reflec­tion

Building On What Came Before Us, Part II

Build­ing upon what’s best from the past takes time and care — but it’s worth the investment
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Change Lead­er­ship Reflec­tion

Pain for a Purpose

Some peo­ple leave jobs that aren’t com­fort­able for them. That can be a good thing — or not so good.
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Cur­rent Affairs Peo­ple Reflec­tion

Just The Facts, Ma’am

Espe­cial­ly these day, facts are a very valu­able (and under-uti­lized) commodity…
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Family/Communication Reflec­tion

Building On What Came Before Us

Even when every­thing is chang­ing, we can draw strength, skills and wis­dom from the past…
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Family/Communication Lead­er­ship Reflec­tion

The Power of Words…Especially For Leaders

Are you being dis­mis­sive or belit­tling with­out even know­ing it? As lead­ers, we need to be con­scious of how we…
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Change Cur­rent Affairs Family/Communication Lead­er­ship Peo­ple

Watching Business Evolve: The Craft Beer Revolution

I spent the week­end par­tic­i­pat­ing in TAP NY — billed as both the largest craft beer fes­ti­val in New York…
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Books Family/Communication Peo­ple

Spreading Good Ideas…Person-to-Person

Want to have a pos­i­tive impact on the world? Share a use­ful idea.
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Books

Navigating The New World of Publishing

If you’re inter­est­ed, you can help my new book, Be Bad First, thrive in the new world of publishing…
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Family/Communication Reflec­tion

Underneath the Holiday Bustle…

Mer­ry every­thing, by the grace of gratitude…
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Books Change Reflec­tion

Keep Being Bad First…

A cou­ple of weeks ago, I had the chance to be a part of a real­ly pro­found learn­ing expe­ri­ence. I was…
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Family/Communication Lead­er­ship Peo­ple

Impressive Nature, Impressive Human

When I vis­it­ed Grand Canyon, I found an unex­pect­ed bonus…
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Cur­rent Affairs Family/Communication Lead­er­ship Peo­ple Reflec­tion

Why Millenials Are Great

Tired of all the mil­lenial-bash­ing? Here’s an alter­na­tive view.
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Books Family/Communication Peo­ple

Lights, Camera, Action!

Watch­ing a great team in action is cool — get­ting to work with them is even better…
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Books Change Lead­er­ship Reflec­tion

New Ways to Get Better

Com­ing soon — ProteusLeader.com. Your online/mobile resource for leader readiness…
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Peo­ple Reflec­tion

So Much We Don’t Know…

Some­times I can’t decide whether to be more fas­ci­nat­ed or more embar­rassed by all that I don’t know…
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Books Lead­er­ship Peo­ple

Signposts on the Leader’s Journey

Men­tal and emo­tion­al trail mix for your lead­er’s jour­ney — this is good stuff.
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Change Lead­er­ship Reflec­tion

Step Aside For The New

If you think some­thing sim­ply isn’t pos­si­ble, don’t get in the way of some­one who thinks it is. You might…
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Family/Communication Lead­er­ship Peo­ple

Award-Winning Beer: An Entrepreneur’s Handbook

If you’re think­ing about start­ing a busi­ness — here are five key areas that need your attention.
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Change Family/Communication Reflec­tion

Getting Older and Better

Aging is an inevitable result of stay­ing alive. But you can have tremen­dous con­trol over how you do it.
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Family/Communication Peo­ple Reflec­tion

Present Happiness

Feel­ing down? There’s an app for that — and it’s built-in.
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Cur­rent Affairs Family/Communication Peo­ple

A Baker’s Dozen of Holiday Inspirations

To get you into the best spir­it of the season.…
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Books Lead­er­ship Peo­ple

If Change Is a Wave, Here’s a Surfboard

Tools for surf­ing the waves of change, in one fun, high-ener­gy, prac­ti­cal day…
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Lead­er­ship Reflec­tion

Are You Really Delegating?

Hav­ing a hard time del­e­gat­ing? Some things to think about…
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Books Reflec­tion

Can You Make Yourself Want Something?

Want to do the things you say you want to do, but don’t? Try this.…
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Family/Communication Reflec­tion

Staying Amazed

We’re liv­ing in a world that peo­ple 100 years ago could­n’t have imag­ined. It seem goofy to be bored.
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Change Reflec­tion

Too Much Of A Good Thing

Too much work, even work that you love, is no fun. Some ideas for keep­ing it good -
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Change Cur­rent Affairs Reflec­tion

Why Not?

The joy of hav­ing your assump­tions called into question…
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Peo­ple Reflec­tion

Pioneering Within

Don’t talk your­self out of a great life.
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Reflec­tion

The Same Thing, Different

Bored? You have the abil­i­ty to see the day-to-day with new eyes.
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Cur­rent Affairs Family/Communication Reflec­tion

Sharing The Planet

Are we real­ly the smartest crea­tures on earth?
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Change Family/Communication Lead­er­ship Reflec­tion

The Seduction of Incrementalism

Doing things ‘a lit­tle bit bet­ter’ can be a cop-out.…
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Family/Communication

Thank you, St. Valentine

Make Valen­tine’s Day what­ev­er you want it to be.
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Cur­rent Affairs Family/Communication Lead­er­ship Peo­ple Reflec­tion

Sharpening My Ax: the Joy of Mastery

Mas­tery does­n’t have an end­point — the most joy comes when you keep going.
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Family/Communication

‘Tis The Season

Have your­self a mer­ry lit­tle Christmas…
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Books Lead­er­ship Peo­ple

Seeing Selling Differently

Ner­vous about sell­ing? Try this…
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Books Peo­ple Reflec­tion

Why We Think Learning Is Boring

To suc­ceed in dis­rup­tive times, re-con­nect with your 4‑year-old self.…
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Change Family/Communication Lead­er­ship Reflec­tion

Caught By The Wind: When The Familiar Changes

Your job may not have changed on paper, but is it real­ly the same as it was a few years…
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Change Reflec­tion

You Had It Right When You Were Two Years Old…

Re-dis­cov­er­ing some­thing we may have lost along the way.
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Change Family/Communication

Farewell (For Now) To The Insider List — 08/26/13

When I start­ed writ­ing the Insid­er List 3 years ago, in Sep­tem­ber of 2010, Pro­teus was a very dif­fer­ent company.…
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Books Cur­rent Affairs Family/Communication Peo­ple

How Does Stuff Get Done Around Here?

Just as we all thought…who’s con­nect­ed to whom and how they inter­act is key to an orga­ni­za­tions success.
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Family/Communication Lead­er­ship

Giving a Hand Up To The Next Generation — 08/19/13

OK, I am now offi­cial­ly tired of lis­ten­ing to baby-boomers and gen-Xers trash talk about Mil­lenials.  The com­plaints I hear…
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Reflec­tion

Unleash The Genius In You

We all have some genius in us. Here’s how to find it.
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Family/Communication Reflec­tion

Learning in the Digital World — 08/06/13

As some of you may know, our mis­sion at Pro­teus is: We help clients clar­i­fy and move toward their hoped-for future.…
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Books Lead­er­ship Peo­ple

Why We Hate Strategy

We tend to think strat­e­gy is bor­ing, com­pli­cat­ed, imprac­ti­cal, unnec­es­sary. What if it’s actu­al­ly useful?
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Change Lead­er­ship Peo­ple

Entrepreneurs Come In Two Flavors

If you’re an entre­pre­neur, which fla­vor are you?
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Reflec­tion

100% Commitment — 07/17/13

Some of you may have noticed that there was no Insid­er List at the end of June- and for those…
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Family/Communication Lead­er­ship Uncat­e­go­rized

Miracles with a Twist — 06/18/13

So, as is usu­al­ly the case, the baby watch yield­ed a baby: Char­lotte Autumn Van Carpels, born June 5th at 11:50am. …
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Listen to Erika’s Leadership Podcast

At first, Eri­ka didn’t want to have a busi­ness pod­cast. But a pub­li­cist point­ed out it could be use­ful and fun for the peo­ple who fol­lowed her work — and that con­vinced her. Since 2016, Eri­ka has been “ask­ing three ques­tions” of her guests, and the result is a quick, prac­ti­cal offer­ing that is now in the top 10% of most-lis­tened-to pod­casts worldwide.

The Proteus Leader Show with Erika Andersen
#58: The Human Impact of Change
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#58: The Human Impact of Change
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#57: Change from the Inside Out
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#56: Why Lead­ers Need to be Change Capable

Erika’s Forbes Blog

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Since 2010, Eri­ka Ander­sen has also been a pop­u­lar lead­er­ship blog­ger at Forbes.com, where she shares her think­ing and pro­vides prac­ti­cal guidance.

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When I was faced with inte­grat­ing 3,000 employ­ees after our merg­er, my first call was to Eri­ka and Pro­teus, to help me and my senior man­age­ment team cre­ate a vibrant, impact­ful and imple­mentable vision for the future. We have real­ized our vision and three dif­fer­ent cul­tures have become one. I’m thank­ful for all Eri­ka and her col­leagues have done for us—I know we would not have got­ten so far, so fast with­out them.
David Kline, Pres­i­dent Spec­trum Reach, EVP Charter
In my years of work­ing with Eri­ka and Pro­teus they have been a great part­ner. Their approach includes a robust set of tools and frame­works, a hands-on approach, and a com­mit­ment to devel­op­ing a deep under­stand­ing of the key stake­hold­ers around me – all of which have con­tributed to help­ing our teams and me be the best we can be. They con­sis­tent­ly get what we’re try­ing to do and they sup­port us to make our dreams a reality.
Detavio Samuels, CEO Revolt Media and TV
Call­ing Eri­ka was one of the first things I did after becom­ing the CEO of Nation­al Geo­graph­ic chan­nels. She worked with me and my team to craft a clear vision for a new future for our net­works, and a plan for achiev­ing it—while at the same time help­ing me tran­si­tion into the CEO role. Work­ing with Pro­teus is illu­mi­nat­ing and strength­en­ing; they always see and sup­port the best in me.
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