Culture and Leadership Connections Podcast

Dane Espegard – Live The Dream

October 06, 2022 Marie Gervais Season 5 Episode 19
Culture and Leadership Connections Podcast
Dane Espegard – Live The Dream
Show Notes

Bio for Dane Espegard

Dane Espegard is the Founder of The Dreams Systems LLC and Division Manager at Vector Marketing/CUTCO. Dane is also a culture consultant who teaches, assists, and executes the implementation of a Culture centered around Dream Achieving. 

Dane brings a successful people-oriented method to market in his latest book, "The Dream Machine: A Leader's Guide to Creating Teams of High Performers Who Achieve Extraordinary Outcomes." He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Brookelynn, and their two daughters, Elin and Izzi.

Episode highlight

Dane Espegard’s ability to take an idea to a successful outcome led him to create a system and eventually write a book called “The Dream Machine'' which promotes company and team growth through a culture of conversation around how each person expresses and achieves personal dreams. 









“We are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.”

“When there's hope in the future, there’s power in the present.”


Childhood Incidents

Dane grew up in a family of entrepreneurs surrounded by talk of business and witnessed his stay-at-home mom open up and grow a daycare business from the ground up. At the age of 18, Dane got a job at CUTCO, which ultimately left a lasting impact on him. 

Influential Groups 

Dane was born into a middle-class family in a middle-class neighbourhood. He is now a member of a group called Front Row Dads which influences how he measures himself as both a father and a husband. 

Temperament and Personality Influences

“I lean towards positivity,” Dane said of his temperament. He has a high level of energy and gets excited to interact with people. Instead of relying solely on his “gut instinct,” Dane has also attempted to tap into the experiences of those around him.

Cultural Epiphanies

Born into a conservative middle-class family while attending equally middle-class schools that held a predominantly “white student body” gave Dane a unique perspective as he grew up in the United States. To this day, Dane still finds that US-centric perspective constantly challenged when he travels, making him return to the US with a broader world view. 

Advice to an Employer 

Though he works well independently, Dane thrives with people around him. As a leader, Dane works hard because he knows people are counting on him. He also infuses his work with hope, which gives him power in his decisions.

More Great Insights! 

Dane’s book, written to enable change in workplace cultures, is available for free on his website to anyone who would like to upgrade their team’s culture. 

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