“Fear Never Leaves, So Learn How To Move Forward Even Though You Are Afraid, That Is Courage” With Kelly Stickel

Authority Magazine
Jun 12, 2018 · 7 min read

“Know that you aren’t always inspired, and you need to move forward in spite of that. It is using your will that move you forward. Fear never leaves, so learn how to move forward even though you are afraid. That is courage. Consider if you can handle discourse and being disliked, pushing the needle makes many people uncomfortable. Don’t look to innovate if having everyone like you is important.”


I had the pleasure of interviewing Kelly Stickel founder and CEO of Remodista, a global think tank examining disruption in business. She is an international speaker and provides business insights through collaborative research done through Remodista’s platforms. In 2016 she launched a global Women2Watch program focused on pioneer women solving the future of business disruption. In the fall, she has plans to offer self-service business coaching through a mobile application for thinkers and dreamers heading to the very top in her HALO Community platform.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?

Can you tell me about the most interesting projects you are working on now?

Here are some general statements we learned after session, from a group of 12 retail leaders this past March:

§ Blockchain has piqued everyone interest, but there’s still a fair amount of ambiguity around it. It was defined in the discussion. One way to think of Blockchain is “A secure distributed network of verified strangers”

§ Transparent ledger of facts that validate and verify transactions. Facts are replicated across several computers assembled in a peer-to-peer network. Facts can be anything from monetary transactions to content signature. Members of the network are anonymous nodes. All communication inside the network uses cryptography to securely identify the sender and the receiver. When a node wants to add a fact to the ledger, a consensus forms in the network to determine where this fact should appear in the ledger; this consensus is called a block.

§ We discussed how blockchain and bitcoin are not synonymous. Though blockchain’s original application was for bitcoin, the core distributed ledger technology (blockchain) is distinct from the cryptocurrency that is transacted on it (bitcoin). There are different types of blockchain. For example: IBM Hyperledger Fabric and Ethereum. Again, it’s important to note the difference between Ethereum as a distributed ledger and Ethereum as cryptocurrency. Ethereum is among the blockchain’s gaining the most traction. That’s due to the open source nature of it.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

Together, we built Remodista’s CXO Insights dinner series, and that led me to build and launch the Collective Think, which allows us to take the same concept to a larger audience. We will be launching the first one on the day of our Women2Watch Award Show and Innovation lab in NYC on September 20th. It will be very exciting to see the collective knowledge and patterns in the room on the other side of the group think.

What are the 5 things that most excite you about blockchain and crypto? Why?

Why? This means new solutions in retail around counterfeit tracking and prevention, theft protection, in the supply chain, tracking back to quality issues, security, and transactions processing to name a few.

I also like how blockchain is being used for purpose. Starbucks has launched a program that is using blockchain to track the coffee beans in the supply chain journey. With almost 400,000 growers, this will make a huge impact.

I am also excited about how blockchain, as a database and general ledger, will be entering into other markets. My friend built a platform using blockchain and the cloud, and she her first POC is in the energy sector.

One of the thinkers at Mouth Media talked about putting all retailers on blockchain and giving each item a specific number as a way to work against counterfeiting. I see this as a viable conversation to continue in application.

What are the 5 things worry you about blockchain and crypto? Why?

With the newness of the blockchain, there are concerns around cost of implementation and ownership within the business units when looking at it from a retail perspective

There is also risk around the idea that cryptocurrency is here to stay, but we think it is. The positioning for crypto-power is palpable. There is a good vs evil feeling about it.

Third, there is always risks associated with testing a new technology. I was at Money2020 1.5 years ago, and there were no banks in the Blockchain/Crypto panels and conversations. Just one year later, in 2017 many banks opened APIs to start looking closer at it all.

There is a lack of access or even visibility to the founder with the original intent. There is concern about who is at the top of this engine.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? Can you share a story?

What 3 things would you advise to someone who wanted to emulate your career? Can you share an example for each idea?

· Fear never leaves, so learn how to move forward even though you are afraid. That is courage.

· Consider if you can handle discourse and being disliked, pushing the needle makes many people uncomfortable. Don’t look to innovate if having everyone like you is important.

Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this :-)

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