SA078: How to Create Tribal Alchemy with Dave Fleming

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Dave Fleming is a highly sought-after keynote speaker who invigorates audiences with his thought-provoking lessons, gleaned from two decades of studying ingenuity and coaching some of the world’s most ingenious tribes. A student and teacher of human ingenuity, Dave’s scholarly and professional experiences led him to develop a framework for collective ingenuity he calls Tribal Alchemy. Dave speaks, writes and works with teams across the country to help them transform what they have into what they need.

Dave earned a Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership and a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems. He is an assistant professor in the department of Psychiatry in the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona.



Some questions we ask: 

When he hears the word successful, who is the person who comes to mind and why?

What were Dave’s formative years like?

How did Dave handle the shift that came with leaving the world of Evangelicalism, especially relating to his parents?

What led him to the idea of Tribal Alchemy? How people can use this when developing communities for themselves?

Can you create Tribal Alchemy with individuals with a subpar mindset?


What you’ll learn in this episode: 

Dave’s 25-year-old son and his ability to be resilient when adversity hits.

“Without challenges, we wouldn’t be positioned to grow into the success that we achieve.”

Dave explains moving away his Evangelical beliefs, after thinking that would play a role in his success.

“There really isn’t a whole lot of difference between the way business is run and the way church is run.”

The power and value of a tribe and how they can create alchemy in the world.

“The basic unit of a tribe that has the potential to come up with the creative solutions we need in the world.”

Dave tells the story of deciding to leave his religious life behind, even after attending bible college and seminary.

“I had to let go to a lot of beliefs that made me feel good.”

“It became more important to me to honor my voice, than to walk a road that was comfortable and secure.”

Dave explains the idea of Tribal Alchemy and how he works with people to achieve it.

“You don’t start by bemoaning what you don’t have, you start by maximizing what you do.”

How to deal with people who don’t share your mindset and hinder alchemy.

“Bad days or good days, we are radically committed to our own self development.”



Dave Fleming:


K. Anders Ericsson:

Atul Gawande:

Mother Teresa and Missionaries of Charity:



Tribal Alchemy: Mining Your Team’s Collective Ingenuity by Dave Fleming

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The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization by Peter M. Senge

The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content by Ann Handley

Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson

New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson


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