Welcome to Sage Warrior Gentleman

Three Facets of the Modern Man

This is a work in progress and will contain podcast interviews with incredible men, stories, guidance, coaching, art, and design from my experiences working around the world.

I’ve made the biggest mistakes a man can make – and I’ve come back fighting.

I’ve had some phenomenal successes – and will be forever grateful for the opportunities I’ve had.

More than anything now, I want to give back in the way of mentorship and coaching, to men struggling to get their shit together.  I don’t care if you’re 42 or 62, we men fuck up.  It’s a part of who we are.  If we’re smart we learn from each dumb-ass or ignorant thing we do.  If we’re not – we make them over and over and over again.

So, just wanted you to have something to start with while I finish up this site.  I hope you come back to check us out and tell your friends about it.

Glad to have you here,

Jeff

Podcast Interview with Cincinnati Entertainment Entrepreneur Byron Thomas, Jr.

Come listen as I talk to my friend and business colleague Paul Haskitt.  I got to learn what a fascinating conversationalist Paul is on a recent trip we took together for work in the UK.  Over whiskies at the hotel and numerous walks around Cheltenham, we bonded over string theory, fiction, and history.  I've come to rely on him for sage advice in tech matters as we work through our projects, and am happy to be able to call him "friend" now as well.  Enjoy!

https://www.buzzsprout.com/1033927/4319627

Podcast: Embrace The Pivot

This episode is the start of a series of solos I will do to build and strengthen the foundation of the interviews, and to give you more to think about.  Here I talk about the Pivot - those times in your life where you have to make a decision that might not have been in your plans.  Those time where everything was going perfectly and then something completely out of your control smacks you upside the head and punches you in the gut right after.

The Pivot can be life changing while being the scariest thing in your life.  But... you have to face it and you have to move in a direction that will open doors and help you establish a new life.

https://www.buzzsprout.com/1033927/4452251

Hope you enjoy it - lots more to come.

Jeff

Podcast Interview with Solution Architect and Technologist Paul Haskitt

Come listen as I talk to my friend and business colleague Paul Haskitt.  I got to learn what a fascinating conversationalist Paul is on a recent trip we took together for work in the UK.  Over whiskies at the hotel and numerous walks around Cheltenham, we bonded over string theory, fiction, and history.  I've come to rely on him for sage advice in tech matters as we work through our projects, and am happy to be able to call him "friend" now as well.  Enjoy!

https://www.buzzsprout.com/1033927/4319627

Podcast Interview with Media Entrepreneur John LaCause

Joining me for this episode is my good buddy - and adopted big brother - John LaCause.  We go way back to the 80s in NYC when we lived in Spanish Harlem in a building where the custodian ran a stolen cars parts business out of the basement, and friends got stuck in the elevator.  A native Buckeye like myself, he taught school in Cincinnati for a number of years and will be returning once again to The Queen City in a few months for his retirement relocation.  He's the founder of JML Media and is also an AirBNB Super Host.  So come along and hear some words of wisdom from a man who never gives up and will pivot to keep learning and growing.

https://www.buzzsprout.com/1033927/4151720

Podcast Interview with Construction Pro Steve Weiss

And we keep rolling on the podcast interviews with this awesome talk with my friend from my DC days, construction pro Steve Weiss. There's some real talk here gang so tune in and give this one a listen for some deep lessons in life and people.  Steve is an adventurer of the highest degree and shares some incredible stories about long distance motorcycle rides, and hairy storms at sea.  You don't want to miss this episode!

https://www.buzzsprout.com/1033927/4115582

Podcast Interview with Apparel Entrepreneur Hal Davis

Joining me for today’s episode is my long-time friend and former business partner, Hal Davis.  Hal grew up in the clothing industry, quickly making a name for himself as an astute and competent judge of style and longevity.  Cofounder and partner of Trend Direct Global, Hal designs and develops private label brands, and works with some of the largest retailers in the US to design, develop, and manufacture their women’s clothing lines.

https://www.buzzsprout.com/1033927/4047215

Podcast Interview with Tech Entrepreneur Dr Rado Kotorov

Another great podcast interview with Dr. Rado Kotorov. Rado is a tech industry innovator and startup founder and our conversation will make you think about many things in your life.  His current project is a tech startup call Trendalyze - a time series analysis platform that's turning heads and making waves in enterprise corner offices everywhere.  Listen in for some great strategies on business and life!

https://www.buzzsprout.com/1033927/4026362

Podcast Interview with Retail Expert Jeff Sward

Headshot of Jeff Sward

This is the first in my new podcast series interviews.  Jeff was my boss during my last gig in the clothing industry in NYC and has remained a constant friend and mentor.  Please join us and listen to this insightful conversation with a true innovator in the apparel business.

https://www.buzzsprout.com/1033927/3957323

So… I Started Making Videos

If you’re an Instagram user, you’ve seen the videos. Mostly women, getting into a bunch of different outfits. They pick up a pair of shoes, snap their fingers, and the shoes magically appear on their feet!

Well, I’ve started doing that for menswear! I laughed my butt off while I was editing the video and you know what? It was fun and I’m going to keep doing them.

Dressing well should be an easy and effortless thing. It’s part of what I’ll be teaching here on the site in posts and other content to come. So, take a look at this first one. If you’re on Instagram you can follow me there: @jd.hendrickson or @jefhendrickson or @laughingravenstudio

https://www.instagram.com/p/B_LZnstjeKK/

Thoughts During a Pandemic

I was in Cheltenham, UK (hence the rugby pic) when I first heard the news about COVID-19, working on a project with one colleague from Chicago and one local.  As we sat in the lounge at the hotel sipping whiskey, little did we know what was about to unfold, and how Earth shattering this virus would be.

I write this on April 13, 2020, otherwise known this year as Easter Monday and the major thoughts occupying my mind are:

  • How can something like this happen?

  • How will we move forward after this?

  • How do I use this opportunity to get laser focused on myself and my contributions?

I created Sage Warrior Gentleman as a means to both explore myself as an older man and to help guide others in doing the same.  I have a lot of younger guy friends and most seek my advice in some way or another.  

Because I’m a designer and researcher in my full-time day job, I tend to ask a lot of questions and give advice only when asked, and only as directed by the answers I get from the questions that I ask. By day I lead teams in business process research exercises that get to the root of the problem faced, and then I design software or process solutions with my team.  This opens up the possibility for discussion on fixes and solutions.

We can do the same now.  I’m not suggesting that we’re going to save the world by conquering COVID-19 - although some of us certainly will contribute greatly to that.

What I’m suggesting is that we use this time to really look deeply at our vast pool of knowledge gained throughout the years of work we’ve experienced.  Make notes on it all and start to see where the patterns are.  Create a Mindmap (get a free version of my favorite one here:  https://simplemind.eu/download/free-edition/  ) to start making sense of all of it.

Maybe your career has been very focused - that means you have deep knowledge of a specific subject matter.

Maybe like me your career has been varied, across a few industries - that means you have a broad perspective of many subject areas.

Either way you’ve been around for a while.  You've seen trends come and go.  You have vast amounts of knowledge and wisdom that you can share with younger men so that they can learn and grow in a positive direction.

And it doesn’t matter in the least what kind of work you’ve done all your life.  Young men are coming up with little guidance on how to be better men, kinder men, focused men.

You - as a Sage, as a Warrior, as a Gentleman - can help guide the next generation of men coming in to take over for us.  These are our sons, nephews, grandsons, friends, coworkers, and some may even be our bosses.

All I ask is that you give some thought to this.  The Pandemic is here and it’s now a major fact of life - there’s no dodging it, and the world will be forever changed by it.  

Us older dudes can make a difference if we care to.  I’m raising my hand.  Care to join me?

Stay healthy,

Jeff