Eric Brown is known for his energy, style, tenacity, and compassion. He’s at his best when bringing each of these together, and he’s been fortunate to hold many leadership roles that call on these strengths. Eric’s enthusiasm for design is matched by his passion for leading creatives to corporate heights. As a firsthand witness to the impact driven by teams with creativity at their core, Eric is emboldened to bring that same value to teams across companies today.
Throughout his 30-year career in leadership roles, Eric has honed the craft of building high-performing, multi-disciplinary creative departments. He’s worked across mediums and industries. He’s held nearly every role available in the creative department: art director, digital director, e-learning designer, experience architect, digital strategist. He remembers – fondly, now – the fears he had as a new leader; among his many lessons learned, he’s found ‘adapt and change’ to be most critical.
As the owner of a design boutique, Eric consulted for brands across the US, including Rockwell Collins, Hilton Hotels, Chick-fil-A, CDC Software, Sea Ray Boats, GeoLearning, and Lucent Technologies. He’s been honored to be both a featured conference speaker and moderator. You’ll find more of Eric’s written work on leadership and creativity on this blog.
Work and life have taken Eric from coast to coast of the U.S., landing him in the Southeast, where he lives with his family today. He loves the balance he finds here; he and his family enjoy the fast pace of city life, the beauty of the mountains, and the serenity of the beach. Eric’s passion to learn extends beyond his vocation. He received his black belt in Isshinryu Karate from Grand Master Angi Uezu and was a private instructor for several years. He’s a learner at heart and is grateful to his wife and children for indulging his many interests in music, reading, writing, percussion, cooking, and painting.
My Toolbox and Specialties Include:
Personas and mental models
Site maps and wire-framing
Search engine optimization (SEO)
Business process analysis
Leadership and communication
Where Did The Name WeirdGuy Come From?
I have been active in several professional and technology trade organizations including The Interactive Media Alliance (TIMA), where I served as a Board member, the Alias/Wavefront Users Group (producing, writing, and editing a monthly newsletter), the Adobe/Macromedia Users Group, and the Technology Associates of Georgia (TAG). In addition, I was on the Internet Committee of the NRB where I was a featured conference speaker and moderator. I have also been a contributing writer for the monthly NRB magazine and several blogs on leadership and learning.
Because I am passionate about training future leaders and serving others, I was a founding Board member of a non-profit charity, Homeless Children International. I have also been an active charter member of North Point Community Church where I has served in numerous leadership and volunteer positions.
Feel free to contact me here on the blog,
-on my Facebook page,
-through my LinkedIn profile,
-on my Yelp page,
-via my Google+ profile,
-or, on Twitter, tweets away!
Hey Eric. A friend passed along to me your blog that mentioned a new business that my wife Shaunti and I started–homespires.com. Thanks for the kind words.
If you have a chance to meet sometime in the coming weeks, I’d love to buy you a cup of coffee. I’d welcome a chance to hear your story. I see that we have a number of connections as I looked over your LinkedIn profile. I am an attorney and used to do some work for In Touch, when I worked at my old law firm.
Let me know if you are interested in spending an hour or so over coffee. Given your experience and skills, I’d be interested in running an idea or two past you. And, it’s always good to make new friends.
Looks like we have a lot of the same background. Good to see business thinkers online. I’ll be checking in from time to time.
Let me know how I can help.
Scot Duke Consulting
an Innovative Business Golf Solutions, LLC. service
Please say “hi” to my friends Adam and Courtney Thomas there at North Point. Courtney’s dad and I have led worship together for the past 15 years and our families are close friends (Adam and Courtney’s wedding inaugurated the newest addition to the church building).
I’ve included you in my RSS feeds and look forward to future posts.
Hey Steve, thanks for the “shout out” to Adam and Courtney. If I meet them I’ll definitely pass on the message. Glad you like the blog — I hope you learn and apply.
Take a look at this….Harvey Leach offer courses in Media Training. Might be of interest as well?
Thanks Anneli — I’ll check it out.
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I was notified of your post but Facebook is a blocked site at work. I could not find your email addy on this site, probably just missed it.
I’m ok, DB is okay but there is a story. -Of course- there is a story :) I’ll Facebook you later from home or you can email if you like.
Was glad to hear from you, whatever the circumstances. Love your blog!
Mr. Eric Brown,
By accident I came across. I think we took the Black Belt test together.
Have a good week!
I found your blog on technorati looking for other leadership development blogs. It’s very good; I subscribed via google reader and will stop by now and then and comment.
I’ve had a blog called Great Leadership for about six months now. It’s got a 38 technorati rating and I’m trying to improve it. Would you be interested in doing a link exchange to help each other out?
If so, please leave a comment on my blog or email me at email@example.com.
Thanks for publishing my article. I appreciate it. If you would like for me to send you my monthly articles, I would be glad to do so.
I need you!
Thank you for posting my article, from the Ladders, onto your site! If you’re interested in any of the other articles that I’ve written, they are available at http://www.DeanTracy.com/Publications.html
Enjoy your week!
I’d appreciate if you can give me some feedback on our site: http://www.regencyshop.com and our item hanging Egg Chair.
I realize that you are home decor-modern design connoisseur :) I’d like to hear your opinion/feedback on our products. Also, it’d be swell if you can place our link on your
@Sean – I’ll take a look. Cheers, -eb
i just came accross your site and i find helpful esp in my studies. i’m a graduating student in nursing here in phils and we have a subject in managment nursing where management styles, theories, etc are tackled. thanks a lot!
I just accidentally saw your works but I’m amaze
of your works I taught the car is real excelent work well you must be call the weird guy because your like a M.I stand for Mission Imposible
Uhm by the way can you give me some advice when it comes to designing in illustrator?
I would be glad to hear your advice (^-^)
Hi Eric Brown,
I tried to send you mail through all mentioned way… but could not.
Please send me your e-mail address, so I can write you mail.
Or send me link to feedback form which you can access.
@Dave – you can try ehbrown at gmail dot com
I stumbled upon your site today and really enjoyed reading the thought provoking and informative articles. Thanks for your time and hard work in making these ideas accessible without having to read a hundred 300 page books!
J – glads you like the blog. Thanks! What are your favorite articles?
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Finding relevant sites on this topic is sometimes hard to find. You did an excellent job covering the subject and I look forward to more posts from your site. Do you offer RSS Feeds or feedburner to get more content for our blogs?
Hey Teresa, the RSS feed is above in the sidebar as well as the feedburner email link. Hope this helps!
hi.. about the 4 personality animal test, is there any standardized test for this?? this will be a big hrelp for us in making our personality test. thanks. reply at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hey Homer, I’d check out http://www.incrediblecreatures.ca
Let me know how it goes. -eb
Hello…I stumbled upon your blog while searching for more info on the “animal personalities”. I’m in leadership at my church and during a group training lunch our pastor had the group take the test. I needed more info on the personalities while counseling a gal who was struggling with a twisted view of the various types (I had her take the test so that we could discuss her views). I found your info insightful and incredibly useful, not only for that specific counseling session, but for defining and refining my own leadership style and skill. Thank you!
So glad this was of benefit to you. Feel free to pass around.