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podcast interview

Please enjoy this Midwest Mavericks interview with Dave Davenport, Founder and CEO of motherG Network Guardians, the award-winning managed IT services company. What a pleasure to tell the Mark Shale story, reflecting in a public way what we had done and the pride we felt in our company.  The interview was originally part of a 97.1 FM radio podcast series that profiles companies and their owners in the Midwest.

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Making Faces

When I was a kid, my brother and I made funny faces at each other. It must be genetic: my son does the same thing. I treasure photos of us together, like the four-in-a-row shots taken in old time booths. We mugged photos while he served in the Israeli Army. His funny faces reduced my anxiety. That’s the point: faces communicate stuff – faces make us feel stuff. I have noticed that leaders use this to motivate people and make strengths productive.

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The Mirror

My dad was very particular about the mirrors in our store. He spent a lot of time on capturing just the right angle. These were three way mirrors in which our customer would see himself – for the first time – in a suit or new outfit. Dad thought a lot about the lighting. It was important that the lighting be as close to daylight as possible – as daylight best captured color and intensity, and how the clothes fit the man…