Reboot Podcast Episode Operator’s Manual #8 – The Arc of Dysfunction: From Unhealthy Chaos to Healthy Creativity

The Reboot podcast showcases the heart and soul, the wins and losses, the ups and downs of startup leadership. On the show, Entrepreneurs, CEO’s, and Startup Leaders discuss with Jerry Colonna the emotional and psychological challenges they face daily as leaders.


Ali Schultz

Ali Schultz

Coach and Co-founder of Reboot

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Jerry Colonna

Jerry Colonna

Co-founder and CEO of

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Episode Description

What exactly is the Arc of Dysfunction, and why is it important for all organizations, especially startups? From the unhealthy and dysfunctional beginnings to the healthy and dysfunctional apex, Jerry and Ali explore the different stages of this arc and provide insights on how to navigate through them. Discover how understanding and acknowledging this arc can be liberating for leaders and teams, and how it can inform decision-making and company growth. 


Show Highlights

Top Quotes:

“Every organization starts off as unhealthy and dysfunctional.” – Jerry Colonna

“We have to turn dysfunction from fist fights into energetic pursuit of growth while maintaining the sustainability of the business.” – Jerry Colonna

“How can we as a group of humans who have joined in on this mission face that chaos and the bumps in the road and all the questions that we’re holding and the decisions we need to make from a really healthy point of view or a really healthy place, or another way to say that is, how can we be adults in the room and manage this chaos well?” – Ali Schultz

“Dysfunction is really that chaos that allows for creativity to happen.” – Ali Schultz

“Creativity plus innovation. Embedded in that chaos, or what can feel like chaos is a massive amount of potential innovation.” – Jerry Colonna