My calling is helping individuals grow their creative capacity & develop their entrepreneurial instincts, and to help organizations grow those qualities as well. I am an experienced entrepreneur, I taught classes on becoming creatively entrepreneurial at Duke for 14 yrs, and am a novelist.


  • Founder and Creative Guide

    at Carl Nordgren/Creative Coaching

    January 2012 - at Present

    North Carolina

    I have started 6 companies and helped launch over a dozen more. I have worked in 4 of the creative industries. I taught courses in being creative and entrepreneurial at Duke for 14 years. I was a fishing guide for 5 summers and two winters during my high school and college days. And I am an award winning novelist. My most recent book is 'Becoming a Creative Genius (again)' and you can find out more about it at


  • Bachelors in Anthropology

    at Knox College

    1969 - 1973 (4 years) Illinois

Services offered

  • Creative guide

    Over the past 14 years I have been exploring my entrepreneurial experiences, I have been studying with the creative leaders, I have been studying the academic research on being and becoming creative and entrepreneurial, and have developed The Generative Way matrix, a systematic and proven approach to growing your creative capacity and developing your entrepreneurial instincts. I can work with you in a number of ways--one off seminars; one on one creative leadership coaching;
    on going programs for your organization; and key note speaking

Knowledge and keywords


  • English Native

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