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Gregg Potter

Gregg Potter

Madison, Wisconsin

Gregg is CEO of Project Kinect, has his masters from the Clinton School, worked with the UN, and is the Regional Field Director of South Africa of Peacework International

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Gregg is a connector. This gift and skill set of connecting has created many opportunities to expand educational and work experience in different sectors. He worked in upper management and community engagement for Starbucks in Los Angeles. He has worked in the restaurant industry as general manager, district manager, and consultant. Potter is also a trained facilitator and futurist often getting hired to consult and facilitate strategic planning. He has also been trained in conflict resolution by Bob and Alice Evans. Potter has a BFA in Theatre Performance from University of Nevada Las Vegas and a Masters in Public Service from the Clinton School of Public Service.

Currently Gregg is the Founder and CEO of Project Kinect; a marketing and logistics firm in Madison, WI, USA. He is also the Regional Field Director of Southern Africa for Peacework International. Additionally, he serves as a Lead Facilitator for Step Up: Equity Matters in the Workplace.

His latest project is The LGBTQ+ Interchange. This two week program in South Africa will further develop participant’s transformational leadership skills while teaching them Gregg’s framework to more effective collaboration. The two weeks in South Africa will also be a vacation of a life time.
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Gregg Potter, You Fool!

A collaboration framework from stories of a friend collector.

Tools to effective collaborations often get overlooked in personal and organizational development. This book highlights everyday events (unintentional collaborations) to examine how we intentionally collaborate with other independent organizations and actors. The collaboration framework is illustrated with engaging stories from the author’s life. With this framework, individuals and organizations can examine opportunities to create more impactful collaborations in their lives.

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Synopsis

Gregg Potter, You Fool! is a look at how we can collaborate more effectively to create more impactful outcomes. Currently, when someone is looking to build their collaboration skills, they page through sites and books where a talking head is spouting off skills a person should develop or reasons why collaboration is important. Collaboration contains multiple sets of behaviors, egos, and patterns that must be maneuvered while accomplishing a common goal. It is very important to practice collaboration skills on a personal level however, creating spaces to actually practice real life situations are difficult to come by. Resources describing collaborative circumstances to use skills or identify the importance of working together seem to miss the mark because examples are often perfect outcomes. That is not how actual collaboration in the real world works. There are disputes, missed expectations, and fouls created. These difficulties often leave the community being served responsible to clean it up.

With Gregg Potter, You Fool!, we look at collaboration from the germination point to evaluation. The process starts within us and how we show up in the world. Each step is outlined with tools to successfully accomplish them while also supporting each reader's personal journey. The examples used are real life, relatable and entertaining stories that help readers fully understand what is being taught. Lessons also weave in informal collaborations that is universal (i.e. the grocery store checkout line). Most collaboration guides look at this work as one entire chunk. There are many small pieces in a collaboration where details can easily get overlooked. Just deciding to collaborate or not can make or break an idea. Assembling a team, delegating roles, creating agreements, hosting meetings, and ending the collaboration are all significant parts of a successful group effort. A component Potter repeats in the book is the need for a facilitator. A good unbiased facilitator will help the pieces move fluidly. This book is an entertaining resource guide to assist anyone managing a collaboration to successfully get from beginning to end while leaving the project ready for a new team to begin if necessary.

Gregg Potter has been fortunate to have lived many lives, worked with a diverse group of humans, and is not bashful to share stories. His collaborative journey started early as a teenage manager in a hotel and has participated in projects in many corners of the world. He worked with different Starbucks stores in Los Angeles to create impactful community projects. In Little Rock, AR, while in graduate school, Potter put people and resources to work and successfully executed a supplies drive for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. In Johannesburg, South Africa, after going back and forth with the police, he mobilized homeless men to get repairs done to public baths. Gregg’s experience is one reason why this is a great book to learn from. A larger reason is that he is a connector, facilitator, and storyteller. The book combines all Gregg's passions into one package that will open the reader up to more successful collaborations.

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  • Gregg has invited renowned professionals in his network to introduce each step of the framework.
  • Gregg has been presenting this framework in workshops throughout the United States and in South Africa for over 3 years.
  • Gregg's social media network (personal, business, clients) reaches over 60,000 people. His direct reach through friends, professional networks including Clinton Foundation, Peacework International, speaking, and his podcast is very large. He is dubbed a friend collector for a reason.
  • Gregg has pre sold 130 books before the pre sale even opened.

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  • Collaborative Intelligence: Thinking with people who think differently. This book focuses more on how we relate to one another. Gregg Potter, You Fool! does more dissecting of the collaboration process while challenging the reader to examine themselves. Authors:Dawna Markova, PhD & Angie McArthur: Random House Publishing, August 2015
  • The Art of Collaboration:An In-Depth Look at Creative Practices for Creative People. This book is very niche. It works well for creatives wanting to get more creative in their collaborative work. Gregg Potter, You Fool! is direct in the lessons and is targeted to more of a business/nonprofit/community engagement audience. Author: Sydney Elizabeth Welch; New Degree Press; 2020
  • Collaboration : How Leaders Avoid the Traps, Build Common Ground, and Reap Big Results. This book is a great resource. It is formally written and academic. Gregg Potter, You Fool! is direct but demonstrates how sloppy things can get while also making the reader laugh. Hopefully a lot. Author: Harvard Business Review Press; April, 2009

Audience

The target audience is primarily professionals from 25-60 who work in nonprofit leadership, community engagement, and city planning / politics. These are primarily women who are tired of reading dry resource books. They may even be seeking a gay best friend.

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Brandylane Publishers, Inc.

Looking for titles that teach, promote, and encourage understanding, tolerance, peace, environmental preservation, health, and wellness.

Brandylane is a small, independent press, founded in 1985, that publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir, and children’s books. We publish under a traditional arrangement and also offer a cooperative track for emerging authors. We believe that books make a difference, that lives and the world are changed by the power of words and images, and that large publishing houses neglect a wealth of good writing. We are not looking for mainstream read-it-before self-help.

Under our cooperative arrangement, we invest a portion of the publishing costs and offer a stepped royalty structure from 30% to 60%--higher than the industry average. One distinguishing feature of our program is that our marketing effort includes a one-year launch, followed by two additional years of promotion through our social media, website, our seasonal genre, and subject matter email campaigns, and continuous support from our PR team.

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500 copies • Completed manuscript.
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In our model, distribution accounts are set up in your name. When a book is sold, the retailer takes a cut, the printing cost is deducted, and the balance is deposited directly into your bank account, never ours first. The difference can amount to several more dollars per book in net revenue to you. Our most popular package for non-fiction books, 50,000 words and under, including copyediting, cover design, interior layout, proofreading, eBook formatting, and distribution set up in your name is just $7,353. Fiction titles are slightly lower, $6,488.

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  • Update #1 - WOW! Holy F***ing WOW! Feb. 10, 2021

    First, I am so grateful about the response in just the first day.  Each one of you hold very specific spots in my heart ...


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  • Holly Ace
    on Feb. 9, 2021, 1:53 p.m.

    I am so proud of you! I miss you 🤗. You are, and have always been amazing!

  • Kelly Douglas
    on Feb. 9, 2021, 2:59 p.m.

    I love you and want to support your dreams! I can pay extra for shipping or pick it up next time I’m home.

  • Amy Kesling
    on Feb. 9, 2021, 5:27 p.m.

    I can't wait for this book! It has been amazing to watch the twists and turns of its development and I am so happy that it is coming to fruition. You are a rockstar, Gregg Potter!

  • Lisa Grech
    on Feb. 9, 2021, 8:20 p.m.

    I am so excited to read this! Congrats on your EPIC achievement of writing your first book!!!!!!!

    The world needs what you are sharing Gregg!

  • Jessica Romigh
    on Feb. 10, 2021, 2:25 p.m.

    You inspire me everyday and I know that this book will inspire thousands! I am proud to be one of the friends that you have collected over the years!

  • Jesse Russell
    on Feb. 10, 2021, 4:15 p.m.

    Thanks for writing this book, Gregg! Can't wait to learn more about collaboration.

  • Angela Green
    on Feb. 10, 2021, 8:02 p.m.

    So happy for you! My friend is an author....My friend is an author!!!!!!!!

  • Kerri Harold
    on Feb. 11, 2021, 3:47 p.m.

    Congrats and very excited for you!
    Kerri x

  • Anne Koors
    on Feb. 11, 2021, 7:38 p.m.

    I love you and I’m so so so proud of you!!!

  • Lynn Wood
    on Feb. 16, 2021, 3:08 a.m.

    Looking forward to seeing the book become a reality- and to reading it! Collaboration is one of my fav words so I'm definitely intrigued :)

  • Sharon Neylon
    on Feb. 16, 2021, 3:22 a.m.

    Can't wait to see this shiny new creation! Congrats Gregg!

  • Miranda Weber
    on Feb. 17, 2021, 3:26 p.m.

    Gregg,
    I am so thankful I met you through Jeff & Scott! I am excited to help make your dream come true. Wishing you all the best! - Miranda

  • Steve Whayland
    on Feb. 17, 2021, 6:32 p.m.

    Gregg Potter, You Fool!
    I just pre-ordered 3 of your new books!...
    ...so who's the fo0l now? ;-)
    Can't wait to read and gift them.
    Love you brother,
    Steve Whayland

  • Nathaniel Kennedy
    on Feb. 22, 2021, 2:43 a.m.

    Can't wait to hear your reollections of MardiGregg. That weekend was blurry. It wasn't about, just blurry.

  • Jamie Langlie
    on Feb. 22, 2021, 2:02 p.m.

    So excited for you, Gregg!! The Langlie clan is cheering you on :>)

  • Kristina Harrington
    on Feb. 23, 2021, 12:29 p.m.

    I am so excited for you Gregg! It is a big accomplishment to follow through on writing a book. I can only imagine the number of hours you have put into this. I can’t wait to read it! Wishing you so much success both with pre and post launch and I hope it brings you many new and exciting opportunities.
    Love,
    Kris
    P.S. can’t wait until you move to Milwaukee.

  • Carolina Bailey
    on Feb. 24, 2021, 3:33 a.m.

    I am so happy to be able to support and finally have your book! I look forward to reading your amazing stories!

  • Kara Rotar
    on Feb. 24, 2021, 12:14 p.m.

    Congratulations Gregg!! This is so incredibly amazing!! So excited for you!! Love you to the moon!!

  • Michele Caputo
    on Feb. 24, 2021, 9:24 p.m.

    Love you!! and I am so excited for your brain to finally be put on paper!!! Let's collaborate soon on deliberate practice. I can't wait to pick up what you are putting down. Xoxox -from Michele, Tala the Wurse and Mr Brown.

  • Elena Rivera
    on Feb. 26, 2021, 4:26 a.m.

    I’m beyond ecstatic for you, Gregg! What an exciting journey you are on! Congratulations!

  • Jessi Rice
    on Feb. 26, 2021, 10:43 p.m.

    So excited for you and excited about this book! I can't wait to read all the stories.

  • Heather Sanders
    on Feb. 27, 2021, 1:15 a.m.

    Dolly and I are so excited to read this book. Congrats Gregg we love you and are so excited for others to see how exceptionally amazing you are with your words and your past experiences.