Tell Tale Heart


Airdate: October 9, 2017

Mike Watson is an artist, educator, adviser and convener of people and ideas. He is a fashion designer and visual merchandiser. He teaches students about fashion design and fashion marketing at the Art Institute of Charlotte, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design. He is the founder of Heartful Apparel, a fashion brand that supports reshaping lives for the better. Mike is also a leadership consultant. He is the founder of Heart-Centric Leadership, a personal development consultancy that advises clients on leading from the heart. He is the host of TEDx Charlotte, presenting 'ideas worth sharing.' Mike earned an undergraduate degree in fashion-textile design from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a master's degree in fashion and consumer behavior from UNC Greensboro, and is a doctor of education candidate at Argosy University.     

This episode is perfect for anyone interested in how fashion and leadership intersect and the power of a living from the heart. 


  • Mike explains what he means by heart-centric and why it matters in our lives.

  • He shares how he achieves balance and the value he brings to time-tested wisdom.

  • He discusses what makes something fashionable and what is driving change in fashion today.

  • Mike considers how fashion 'makes belief' and how it shifts perceptions of reality.

  • He discusses the connection between fashion and leadership.

  • Mike talks about the fashioning of identity and the shift in his life that occurred.

  • He shares his purpose in life, why people need to fail, and the importance of 'forest-bathing’ in his life.

  • Mike reveals what we would see if we could see where he creates and what his culminating work of art would be.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: The Ethics of Care  

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  • What connection do you see between fashion and leadership?

  • How do you make beliefs?

  • What does heart-centric mean to you?

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This episode is sponsored by Blumenthal Performing Arts, celebrating its 25th year presenting the best in performing arts.