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“Garrick is a deep thinker, a creative strategist, and a great listener. I’ve had the benefit of knowing him for a decade and always look to include him in my projects. Every meeting he delivers actionable insights and suggestions. For any of my friends looking for a sounding board that replies with valuable reactions EVERYTIME, Garrick is a resource you should call upon.” – Andrew Schroepfer, Big Cloud Sales CEO

“Monthly lunches with Garrick have helped me to make great strides in prioritizing my business and life goals. With Garrick’s help, I feel like I am making steady progress towards doing the work of my dreams, which, surprisingly for me, hasn’t been about work at all, but, rather about family and personal dreams. Garrick is, basically, helping me to bring my life goals into sync with my business goals.” – Toby Cryns, Owner, The Mighty Mo

“Garrick’s insights and influence run throughout all of my work. He has the unique ability to take my ideas and force me to expand and explore them in ways I can’t otherwise see.” – Patrick Rhone, author

“Garrick’s expertise has been invaluable to our firm. He provides strategic suggestions and solutions that simply work. What makes Garrick unique is his ability to work at the highest level of project conception, as well as handle the smallest details required for delivery.” – Wednesday Reynolds-Wilcox at Hey Now Interactive

“Garrick is a pleasure to work with, highly responsive and nails deadlines. He has good ideas and is a terrific sounding board both for strategic issues as well as more practical functionality and user interface things. I recommend him highly.” – Ben Tregoe, SVP Business Development at Nanigans

Working Pathways: Consulting for Digital Leadership

I provide independent consulting, coaching, and advisement to the executives, directors, and managers responsible for their organization’s digital growth.

I help them improve their management and digital product development practices to deliver higher quality products on time and under budget.

Whether the latest internet start-up or an established corporation, I’m comfortable working with small, focused teams as well as improving the working relationships between multiple departments. Many of the techniques I advocate come from agile methodologies, Scrum, and lean manufacturing worlds, others come from my extensive background in user research.

In the past year I’ve:

  • shepherded a multi-organiztion team from idea to initial launch on web and iPhone in under than 12 weeks.
  • encouraged reluctant team members to successfully adopt new technologies resulting in a dramatic increase in an entire department’s efficiency and level of quality.
  • increased accountability within a managerial team resulting in delivery weeks ahead of schedule.
  • led multiple teams through a substantial technical migration, redesign, and relaunch all in under four months, resulting in accolades within their respective industries.

Call me – 612 325 9110 – to begin.

The Expand Newsletter

On Friday afternoons, I count up the retweets, favorites, and replies for my social media posts that week. The three posts receiving the most activity are expanded from 140 characters to 500 actionable and pragmatic words. The newsletter is sent out to subscribers the following Monday. $99 for weekly newsletters published between April 21, 2014 and April 14, 2015. Visit for the newsletter archive

12 Weeks from Now: 1-on-1 Remote Coaching Toward Your Most Pressing Goal

Twelve focused weeks is the minimum amount of time required to make substantial progress on an audacious goal. Entrepreneurs easily go from a vague idea to a product release in 12 weeks. Public companies report their financial condition quarterly. What will you accomplish with a deliberate 12 week focus?

We’ll begin with a Skype conversation discussing the professional goal you’d like to achieve in 12 weeks and the initial challenges. We’ll continue via email with monthly 30-minute Skype conversations. This is ideal for small firm owners and solo practitioners committed to a substantial improvement in their business. Once I receive payment I’ll contact you for scheduling. $750

The Power of When with Garrick van Buren and Patrick Rhone

Want to unlock your productivity and gain more free time? Want to banish To Do Lists forever & be confident not missing anything? Want to achieve your most important goals while maintaining inbox zero? Want to know the one question that unlocks all of this?

In the ‘The Power of When’ audio program Garrick & Patrick will provide you with a simple set of tools to dramatically improve your productivity, eliminate your procrastination, and achieve your most important goals.


Listen to a 2 minute excerpt of the 90 minute program

Rebuilding Blocks: How the Game of Kubb Put My Life Back Together


“When you have a coach, he or she willl teach you how to play the game. But when you have a great coach, he or she will also teach you life lessons. Garrick’s book teaches you the philosophy and strategy he uses to be successful on the kubb pitch. Then, the book goes a step further and shows you how those same ideas can be integrated into your life to be a more successful and happy person. It’s this back and forth between kubb and life that makes you understand how kubb really did help Garrick rebuild himself to a much happier self.” – Jesse Fraim

Available in paperback and ebook at Amazon