The cool thing about doing a sabbatical is that it isn't just for the person to get getting time off, but it's for everyone around them who has to fill in. When you look taking a sabbatical and we decided to put one forward where people of a certain point in the organization get one month off - paid at some point in time, they become available.

Sabbaticals become available every five years. They’re based on seniority. So when I institute this, we took our most senior people and we limited them to two. We said two people can go every year.

What you find out, is other people get to step up. People who are in sort of subordinate positions have to step up into the leadership position to take on some of those tasks for a month. You begin thinking a little bit differently about what you do as an organization. Most importantly, you give leadership lessons and on the job training to people who are your future leaders in the organization.

I can tell you after doing this for six years we have seen some people graduate into those roles because they show themselves to be more than ready to take on some responsibilities that we hadn't been asking them to do. I've not heard one complaint so far. You hear people talking years out what they're going to do, and I think it's become something that helps us provide a little bit more people to get them to be happier in their work.

As organizations, we don't have unlimited resources. We have to try to find those ways in which you could fill that pot with as much good stuff as you can often make up for a salary request. We’re trying to fill that place to really walk the walk, not just talk the talk about what makes us a good organization to work for. This is something we feel really firm about.

Direct download: Episode_177_Dan_Gilmartin_Starters_Sabbaticals.mp3
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Transcript:

My journey is not a fairytale journey, I think by any means. And I think that's where my kind of explains to you somewhere I guess I saw some things, and I wanted to do some things differently.

 

But most of that started with me. Because at that point in time in my life I started saying so what's in it for me what's in it for Chrissy. So what's the next step, right? So I got my degree. I'm ready to go like I want to be a director. I want to be a VP -  let's let's do it!

 

But that didn't come. And so I remember sitting there and I asked for promotions. I wrote really great letters that said why I should have been promoted. All of which got turned down by the CEO who just left - who is like my dad to me- an amazing man who really helped to build the character and me to help me transition into the CEO role.

 

But he turned me down many, many times and I remember walking out of his office going back. I felt like  I know nothing and I don't know what he's talking about.  I certainly deserve to be promoted. This is the next step.

 

I remember one day I came home and I was talking to my husband. I said  "I just don't get it. I love the credit union. I absolutely am in love with the industry and what the Credit Union Industry stands for. I love the people I work with, but it's just not fitting, I am I missing something.

 

That's when I kind of (figuratively) got smacked in the face by my husband (he's very good to me) and he said, and it was it was you - it's you, Chrissy. You're the problem. You're always looking for that self serving purpose. You're looking for the what's in it for Chrissy and what's next for Chrissy. You're not thinking about how do you go into that place every day and serve to exist or exist to serve others? And i remember going, oh my gosh, like that's the point that I'm missing, I'm in a service industry, but I'm meant to be a servant to the people that I'm working with and working for and the people that I was leading at that time.

Direct download: Episode_176_-_Chrissy_Siders_-_It_started_with_me.mp3
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We are taking our own advice and we are going to take a hiatus from producing weekly podcasts at PureReinvention. We have a big event coming up (Connect: Detroit on May 22 - there's still time to register)  and all of us here feel that we need to take a step back and assess how we can best build and present future content in more digestible and diverse ways. In order to make that happen, we need to take the advice we give so freely and take a timeout to assess how we can best create and convey future content to you.

We meet and get inspired by many people in our PureReinvention journey and we will continue to share their stories with you. Audio podcasts will certainly play a role, but we want to add to the mix through other means of communication by adding video and blogs. We want to keep things fresh and present the content to you in a way that entertains as well as useful to you.

In the meantime, tell us what you think. What do you like about our podcasts? What would you like to see changed? This is an invitation to connect with us. We certainly would love to hear from you! Stay tuned to this channel for future updates and remember, if you're ready to make a change, make it a change that lasts, make it PureReinvention!

Direct download: Episode_175_-_Taking_Our_Own_Advice.mp3
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Want to see reinvention in action? Look no further than the former Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association (now Check In Michigan). They have a new and innovative executive director and a board that is dedicated to serving the next generation in the Michigan hospitality industry. They hired the firm, Advance 360 to help guide them through the initial stage of this transition. Learn how reinvention ready organizations commence sustainable reinvention.

 

QUOTE IT

 

“It’s not a linear process by any means.” (9:07)

“Yes, the landscape is changing, but our role and how we champion this industry hasn’t changed.” (12:59)

“(Aspiration) not a dream state. It’s a destination that we have our eye and finger on.” (14:55)

 

 

DIG IN

 

  • (7:29) The feeling. The brand took flight.
  • (10:22) Serious movement.
  • (13:36) Engaging the marketplace.
  • (14:59) Synchronizing collaboration.
  • (18:16) Sifting through the raw data.

 

Tip of the Week

A brand is more than a logo. A brand expresses the organizational culture.

 

 

Direct download: Episode_174_MLTA_Rebrand.mp3
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The interviews we conducted this month profiled success stories in reinvention readiness. Both Erin Patten and Dene Westbrook were ready to take the reinvention plunge. What did they have in common? We believe that they both had the four pillars of reinvention readiness: desire, curiosity, flexibility and confidence.

Everything begins with a desire to change your situation. Both Erin and Dene surrounded themselves with people who inspired them and pushed them to take the next step.

Both Dene and Erin also had Curiosity. A reinvention journey thrives on curiosity. They asked lots of questions and went outside their respective comfort zones.

They also showed flexibility. Successful reinvention only happens when you stretch your flexibility. You have to listen to the people you've surrounded yourself with and keep all options open.

Finally, both showed confidence. Once they did their homework, got a support group and they moved forward with the plan.

 

Want some help in your reinvention journey? Download this infographic (from the mobile app or go to our website) which can serve as a bookmark or an image you can keep by your desk.

 

 

QUOTE IT

 

“(0:44) "Are you willing to take on a new role?"

 

“(5:11) "The power of taking pause."

 

DIG IN

  • (0:31) Flexibility.
  • (2:59) Curiosity.
  • (4:40) Confidence.
  • (7:41) Desire.

 

Tip of the Week

Confidence is the fourth pillar of reinvention readiness. Rely on your support group and plan to give you the added boost you need to move things forward.

 

 

Direct download: Episode_173_the_four_pillars_of_reinvention_readiness.mp3
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Erin Patten is very accomplished with a Harvard business degree and a Kresge Fellow highlighting her impressive resume. She walked away from the standard career path to chase her dream of being an entrepreneur. In January 2018 she launched DaO Detroit. DaO stands for "defy all odds" and Erin personifies that sentiment.

 

QUOTE IT

 

“[My big leap] A natural progression of my career journey, my life journey. It just had to happen.” (3:21)

 

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” –Lao Tzu (6:33)

 

 

DIG IN

  • (2:56) Disrupting one’s economic livelihood and thriving beyond fear.
  • (4:59) Simplify your messaging.
  • (10:04, 11:47) Connecting to the marketplace.

 

Tip of the Week

Flexibility is the third pillar of reinvention readiness. Keep all options open.

 

 

Direct download: Episode_172_Erin_Patten_DAO.mp3
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Dene is a graduate of our STARTERS program last May. We saw from the beginning that she was reinvention ready and was in a great position to fly with her new promotion and added responsibilities with the Michigan Municipal League. Dene is a perfect example of what it takes to be reinvention ready. Listen as Mike talks to Dene about how she has built a network of support from her STARTERS experience and has excelled in her new position.

 

QUOTE IT

 

“I certainly have enough room to make my stamp on this place and strive for everything I want it to be.” (10:30)

 

 

DIG IN

  • (3:02) Knowing when you’re reinvention ready.
  • (4:50) A pivot in your style.
  • (9:01) Building on ah ha moments.
  • (11:43) From a doer to a communicator.

 

Tip of the Week

Curiosity is the second pillar of reinvention readiness. Are you asking questions and not judging answers?

 

 

Direct download: Episode_171_Dene_Westbrook.mp3
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Are you ready for a change? In order to make it a change that lasts you need to be reinvention ready! We’ll spend this month laying out the four pillars of reinvention readiness. You can use these pillars and ask yourself if you have what it takes to make the necessary changes to yourself and/or your organization.

 

QUOTE IT

 

“Are you ready for change?” (0:53)

   

DIG IN

Characteristics of reinvention readiness:

  • (2:03) Flexible.
  • (3:27) Curious; lean in.
  • (8:50) Confidence.
  • (9:44) Desire.

 

Tip of the Week

Desire is the first pillar of reinvention readiness. You have to really want to change if you’re going to be successful.

Direct download: Episode_170_Reinvention_Readiness_Final.mp3
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We end our focus on the fundamentals of move and the value of storytelling with a great discussion between Mike Bills and Jodi Schafer. We learned from our month's guests the value of storytelling to move ideas forward. We also learn the value of connecting with others emotionally using shared experiences and values.

 

QUOTE IT

 

“At the core, it’s about connecting with people on a very real level.” (1:49)

 

 

DIG IN

 

  • (1:17, 1:30) Back to basics.
  • (2:34) Multidimensional storytelling.
  • (9:03) Be unique and fluid.

 

Tip of the Week

Approach customers and stakeholders with "what do you need?" rather than "this is what I do."

 

 

Direct download: Episode_169_-_the_fundamentals_of_move.mp3
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Cornetta suffered a tragedy not so long ago by losing her father and found out about the details on the evening news. She needed to process her grief and took the opportunity to share her father's story through the Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers. Cornetta found that process to be so cathartic that she has dedicated her career to helping others to tell their stories. Listen as Mike talks to Cornetta about how storytelling helps to heal and the value of telling your own story.

 

QUOTE IT

 

“(Storytelling) It was impactful to me.” (12:58)

 

"It didn’t exist so I created it.” (18:18)

  

DIG IN

 

  • (11:08) Transferring the value of storytelling.
  • (11:40) Storytelling to connect neighborhoods.
  • (12:56) The why.

 

Tip of the Week

Look for what you share in common when communicating. You get much further when you make that connection.

 

 

Direct download: Episode_168_Cornetta_Lane_-_.mp3
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Eric Thomas is a story teller. He's been one all his life. Now, he uses his unique skills to help his clients tell their stories. Listen this week as Mike gets Eric's unique perspective on how to move your cause forward through emotional connections.

 

QUOTE IT

 

“Storytelling saved my life.” (3:43)

 

"Remember that we are people." (11:17)

 

 

DIG IN

 

  • (3:32) The power of storytelling.
  • (5:44) The formula.
  • (15:47) Shifting the company culture.

 

Tip of the Week

Effective leaders tap into emotions to move ideas forward.

 

 

Direct download: Episode_167_Eric_Thomas.mp3
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Mike talks with this month's co-host, PureReinvention's very own Jodi Schafer, owner, HRM Services, Inc. Mike and Jodi discuss how Jodi is moving her company forward as well as discuss the March line up of interviews that we have in store for you.

 

QUOTE IT

 

“Knowing what you want to do and then having the courage to do it is really where the fruit starts to comes to life.” (1:08)

 

 

DIG IN

 

  • (1:14) Key elements of move.
  • (3:14) Have a measure of courage.
  • (5:53) Expecting growth to take place.

 

Tip of the Week

Knowing what you want is only part of the equation. It's the courage to move that idea forward that makes the success.

 

Direct download: Episode_166_Overcoming_the_fear_to_move.mp3
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Movement makes the whole PureReinvention process work. It's the purpose of the whole exercise. What makes movement work? Listen to Mike discuss the ingredients of movement with February's co-host, Shari Milliken, finance director of the Michigan Municipal League.

 

QUOTE IT

 

“Look outside the paradigm and go for it." (4:35)

  

DIG IN

  • (1:04) It's uncomfortable.
  • (1:28) Engagement.
  • (6:37) Willingness to fail.

 

Tip of the Week

Passion maximizes new opportunities and minimizes risk of failure.

 

 

Direct download: Episode_165_-_the_ingredients_of_move_.mp3
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We've all heard of think tanks, but how many think and DO tanks have you heard of? Detroit Future City is committed to advancing the quality of life for all Detroiters. The organization accomplishes this by partnerships with residents and stakeholders using data driven strategies that promotes community and economic development. This week we talk with DFC's executive director, Anika Goss-Foster about how the organization works to move Detroit ahead for the next 50 years.

 

QUOTE IT

 

 

“Create partners to make action differently.” (15:29)

 

“It needs to be in everyone’s best interest.” (19:13)

 

DIG IN

 

  • (9:38) Think and do.
  • (11:51) Activating the involvement.
  • (14:07) The premise of reporting to solve a problem.

 

Tip of the Week

Movement without accountability is not possible. You need to assign people responsible and deadines to facilitate real movement.

 

Direct download: Episode_164_Anika_Goss-Foster.mp3
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The Detroit City Football Club was founded in 2012 and is one of the most successful minor league soccer teams in North America. The team was founded as a vehicle to organize the community and regularly sells out its 7,000 seat stadium in Hamtramck. Listen as Mike talks with Sean Mann, CEO and co-owner of Detroit City Football Club about the club's founding and how they earned a loyal fan base.

QUOTE IT

“A gathering place in the city at a time when there's only a handful of restaurants and bars." (6:39)

“Being the host of the party instead of the life of the party." (11:03)

DIG IN

  • (4:03) Soccer as the vehicle for being active in the community.
  • (5:19) A growth spurt.
  • (7:16) A small neighborhood activity generates a large amount of enthusiasm.
  • (18:58) Creating a stronger financial footing.

 

Tip of the Week

Ask yourself: Is your customer experience being driven top down or bottom up?

 

Direct download: Episode_163_Sean_Mann.mp3
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We continue discussing the move fundamental in PureReinvention with our February co-host, Shari Milliken, finance director with Michigan Municipal League. Mike and Shari discuss executive development and the importance of listening.

 

QUOTE IT

 

“You have to continue to better yourself." (1:42)

“Bringing the leading edge to your people." (4:28)

 

DIG IN

  • (1:23) Importance of continuous movement in executive development.
  • (1:55) Executive awareness.
  • (4:02) Pursue change.
  • (4:39) Nurturing individualism.

Tip of the Week

The best listeners are also keen observers.

 

Direct download: Episode_162_Feb_Intro_.mp3
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We are so excited to announce the launch of a professional development opportunity like no other. Connect: Detroit will be a one day experience in Detroit on May 22. This experience is designed for high functioning executives who are interested in rolling up their sleeves, feeling a little uncomfortable and experiencing the reinvention that is happening in Detroit. With Connect: Detroit, you'll have an opportunity to immerse yourself in the many success stories that Detroit has to offer and learn how you can take those experiences home with you and apply them to your personal success story. This week's podcast is a discussion between Mike Bills and Bonnifer Ballard (Executive Director - American Water Works Association - Michigan Section) on how Connect: Detroit came to be and what excites them about sharing this experience with others.

 

QUOTE IT

 

“Be all in.” (2:14)

 

“The best things happen when we’re a little uncomfortable.” (5:43)

 

“Reflection is a part of professional development.” (7:13)

 

 DIG IN

  • (2:14) The role of empathy.
  • (3:45) The value of unpredictability.
  • (8:02) Creating accountability.

 

Tip of the Week

If you do the same things, you get the same results. If you're not happy with those results, try something different.

 

Direct download: Episode_161_Connect_-_Detroit_.mp3
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This is the second part of the Impression 5 reinvention case study with Noah Smith, Partner, Capital Services, Inc. (Listen to part 1 here.) Part 2 covers how the I-5 team used the PureReinvention fundamentals simplify, connect and move to attain the incredible growth they have enjoyed in recent years. 

QUOTE IT

“We got away from distractions.” (5:10) 

“The catalyst to bringing everyone else on board.” (10:37)

 DIG IN

  • (3:41) Create a focus to simplify.
  • (7:32) Connecting networks in the community.
  • (14:40) Doing what’s impactful and necessary.

  

Tip of the Week

You can't move a plan forward without a focused, simple message.

 

Direct download: Episode_160_-_the_I5_case_study_part_2.mp3
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The Impression 5 Science Center in Lansing, Michigan has seen a tremendous turnaround over the last few years under the leadership of Noah Smith. Listen as Mike and Noah discuss how I5’s board applied the PureReinvention fundamentals to position the organization into the growth phase that it has enjoyed in recent years.

  

QUOTE IT

“People were actually ready for a change … but there was nobody who was willing to spark it.” (7:00) 

“I want to do this. Train me.” (16:18)

 

 DIG IN

  • (5:33) Disruption is an option.
  • (11:38) Demonstration of ownership.
  • (14:45) The brain trust parallels with mutual mentorship.

 

Tip of the Week

Moving from “wouldn’t it be nice” to “let’s do it” is the key to any success story.

Direct download: Episode_159_-The_I5_Case_Study_Part_1.mp3
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While we were interviewing Marlin Williams, we discovered that she was responsible for key elements of the Compuware move to downtown Detroit from Farmington Hills in 2003. The story was fascinating to us and we decided to dedicate an episode to this part of Marlin's story.

 

QUOTE IT

“How do you cast a wider net?” (6:17) 

“I wasn’t afraid to ask.” (15:56)

 

 DIG IN

  • (5:35) Making the move from suburbia.
  • (8:03) Shifting the corporate culture.
  • (13:24) A personal journey of continuous improvement.

 

Tip of the Week

Own your fear.

 

Direct download: Episode_158_-_The_Compuware_Relocation_Story.mp3
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Happy New Year! We are starting 2018 off with a peek into what's next for PureReinvention. Are you reinvention ready? We have some great offerings (including this podcast) for those who are committed to the reinvention journey.

 

QUOTE IT

“What’s next? … I’m looking for something that’s really going to stimulate me in a new way.” (4:35)

“It’s important for high functioning executives to get their hands dirty. Roll up your sleeves and actually solve the problem that you’re talking about.” (5:48)

 

 DIG IN

 

  • (1:58) Stepping into the move fundamental.
  • (2:56) Connect: Detroit, a nontraditional executive leadership experience.
  • (4:48) The value add with an experiential learning experience.
  • (8:51) Are you ready to move with Connect: Detroit?

Tip of the Week

Now is the time to determine what is next for you.

 

 

 

 

 
Direct download: Episode_156_-_The_STARTERS_Experience.mp3
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Dr. Gerry Roston brings an impressive resume to TechTown Detroit. He was on the Mars rover team and helped develop technologies which are making self-driving cars possible. He now brings his wealth of knowledge and connections to help TechTown Detroit excel in connecting ideas to the marketplace. Listen this week as we explore the value of connecting ideas to those we serve.

 

QUOTE IT

“Go to the marketplace first, try to find what pain your potential customers are having to make sure what you want to develop meets their needs." (7:06) 

“Getting people connected to the right resources is critically important." (11:42) 

“Tell me about a day in your life. Where do you struggle?" (13:15) 

 

DIG IN 

  • (5:35, 12:29) Customer discovery.
  • (13:06) Learning to pivot.
  • (18:23) Provide actionable information.

 

Tip of the Week

Connecting to your customers to find their pain points is critical to your success.

 

 
Direct download: Episode_155_-_Gerry_Roston_-_connecting_mutual_value.mp3
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 Lauren Kase is a San Francisco native that stayed in Detroit after receiving her degree from the University of Michigan. She is the Head of Marketing and Partnerships at Floyd Detroit. Listen this week as we discover what attracts the millennials to Detroit, Floyd's unique positioning in the furniture industry and the importance of mutual mentorship.

 

QUOTE IT

 

“The most sustainable thing is not throwing anything away.” (9:50) 

“It’s really exciting to have people resonate with the product.” (10:56)

 

DIG IN

  • (8:40) Floyd Detroit’s definition of sustainability.
  • (9:55) The challenge of being too successful.
  • (12:03) Tap into tacit knowledge.

 

Tip of the Week

Mentorship is a two-way street.

 

 
Direct download: Episode_154_-_Lauren_Kase_-_mutual_mentorship.mp3
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We kick off the month of December with this month's co-host Lauren Snyder, Marketing and Communications Specialist, American Hort and recent STARTERS graduate. This episode discusses the exciting line up we have in December as well as engaging discussion on how the connect fundamental works in the PureReinvention process.

QUOTE IT

“The idea of connection transcends so many aspects of success." (2:26)

“They (TechTown) connect the right conversations, with the right people at the right time." (5:16)

DIG IN

  • (2:14) The importance of connect.
  • (2:41) The epitome of the young person's ability to connect.
  • (5:00) Connecting to influence technology and innovation.

Tip of the Week

Build a network of mentors to connect your ideas and passion to the right people.

 

 
 
 
 
Direct download: Episode_153_December_Intro.mp3
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The holiday season is a time for reflection. Now is the time to think about how we are going to approach the next year. Make some space to think about how you want to continue to move yourself forward. How are you going to approach 2018? We are encouraging you to install some kind of sabbatical in your plans. It doesn't have to be months or weeks. It simply needs to be some kind of installed time to assess where you are and to think about what's next. Install time and think and experience something new. 

QUOTE IT

“Make space.” (2:01) 

“We need to be refreshed.” (6:02)

 

DIG IN

  • (1:24) The importance of a sabbatical.
  • (3:00) Introduce the sabbatical concept into your life.
  • (4:22) Connect with inspiration.

Tip of the Week

Take some time this holiday season to plan out 2018. Install some opportunities for a personal sabbatical in which you experience something different.

 

 
Direct download: Episode_152_Making_Space_for_the_Sabbatical_.mp3
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Marlin Williams has found her calling in helping to diversify industries. Marlin's path to where she is now is amazing. She started as a mortician, implemented diversity programs for a couple Fortune 500 industries and now lends her talents to TechTown Detroit. She is also the founder of Sisters Code, which is dedicated to exposing women from the ages of 25-85 to the world of coding and technology. Her story is inspiring and we're glad she took the time to share it with us!

 

QUOTE IT

 

“Come talk to us.” (4:33)

“It’s all about empowerment.” (11:26) 

“Be prepared to reinvent yourself.” (15:54)

 

 DIG IN

  • (3:20) The open door policy.
  • (10:05) Getting others engaged.
  • (12:32, 14:04) Understanding your core.
  • (14:33) Hone in on the why with a life sabbatical.

Tip of the Week

Feeling lost and confused? Taking a personal sabbatical may be what you need to assess what you need to do moving forward.

 

 

 

 

 
Direct download: Episode_151_Marlin_Williams_Part_1.mp3
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We had so many gems from our talk with Melissa Butler, that we had to make two episodes! The first episode can be heard here. In this episode, Melissa discusses how she started The Lip Bar and her advice to would be entrepreneurs out there.

 

QUOTE IT

“If you don’t like your situation, change it.” (6:21)

“Don’t rush it … Launch with something that is electric.” (11:58)

“Reinvention leaders have to tie whatever they're doing to the bigger story.” (18:49)

DIG IN 

  • (3:54) From Detroit to Wall Street and back.
  • (9:21) Knowing when to quit.
  • (11:43, 16:30) The infliction of arbitrary deadlines.
  • (13:35) Shift in American dream.

Tip of the Week

Don't rush a project to market to meet self-imposed deadlines.

 

Direct download: Episode_150_-_Melissa_Butler_Part_2.mp3
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PureReinvention team member Jodi Schafer joins us in November to discuss your podcast line up and our thoughts going forward for STARTERS and the WE.INVENT program. We'll also give you a hint of our new professional development offering that we'll offer in the Spring of 2018. We have learned so much in 2017 and will continue to build offerings that serve your needs.

 

QUOTE IT

 

“Why you do what you do?” (4:22)

“The story comes to life in the connect phase.” (5:15)

 

 

 DIG IN

 

  • (1:19) An upsize to the trade imbalance.
  • (3:35) Redefining an industry standard.
  • (6:08) Connect with curious minds.
  • (6:08) STARTERS discussion.
  • (7:36) Awesome women only -- WE.INVENT.
  • (10:21) Executives and high performers.

 

Tip of the Week

Always keep in mind why you're doing what you're doing when formulating the plan.

 

 

Direct download: Episode_149_-_the_story_comes_to_life_in_the_connect_phase.mp3
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Let's face it: even the the most shy of us require some degrees of human interaction. They're necessary on both a personal and professional level. In this week's episode, team members Sonya Robinson and Mike Bills discuss with our October co-host, Erin Patten of Ponyride, how we can build sustainable and enriching connections.

QUOTE IT

“If you don’t connect authentically, then it’s not going to be a sustainable relationship.” (4:13)

“We are walking magnets just waiting for the opportunity to connect.” (6:46)

  DIG IN

(0:43) Organize the chaos.
(2:28) Creating sustainable connections.
(9:33) The power of differences.

Tip of the Week

Are you being authentic in your communications? Sustainable connections require authenticity.

Direct download: Episode_148_October_Wrap_Up_.mp3
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This week we interview Noah Elliott Morrison, director of Ponyride. Ponyride is a nonprofit organization which runs out of a 30,000 square foot building in Detroit. It is committed to facilitating the growth of social missions within artists, entrepreneurs, makers, and serves as an incubator and a safe space to help its clientele grow into viable businesses.

 

QUOTE IT

“What things do you need to move your business to the next place?” (11:21)

 

“It’s a magic that is really hard to point to.” (12:27)

 DIG IN

 

  • (7:38) A work through space.
  • (10:43) Discovering growth resources.
  • (11:46) The role of listening and observing.

 

Observing one's behavior is just as important as listening when determining how best to serve a community.

 

Direct download: Episode_147_Noah_Elliott_Morrison.mp3
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Steve Widder built the Susan G. Komen Mid-Michigan Race for the Cure in Lansing into a major event with over 6000 runners in his heyday. Steve shares his thoughts with us on how to understand an audience. He also shares with us his passion for biking and his recent travels to France to take on challenging legs of the Tour de France.

QUOTE IT

“Understand your audience.” (5:22)

“Make a grand spectacle at the beginning.” (9:27)

“I’ve been wanting to do this. This is my best chance. I’ve never gotten this far before and I’ve gotta go.” (20:29)

“Three times I didn’t make it. The fourth one I’m gonna do it.” (20:44)

 DIG IN

(4:50) Growth stride and creating a community.
(11:29) Leader philosophy of being all in.
(20:58) Overcome self-doubt.

Successful products or programs address immediate pain points people face. Connect with your target audience and know what motivates and hinders them.

Direct download: Episode_146_Steve_Whitter_.mp3
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Building a culture is one of the primary responsibilities of all leaders. A major ingredient for successful cultures is authenticity and this week's guest excels in this trait. Listen this week as we interview Dr. Tonya Matthews, president and CEO of Detroit Science Center and discuss what it takes to build a successful business culture and how nurturing authenticity plays a vital role.

QUOTE IT

“Wanting to save the world.” (3:07)

“We look at things that look nothing like us.” (4:55)

“A culture eats budget for breakfast.” (11:19)

“Understanding our part of the larger whole.” (17:08)

 DIG IN

(4:55) Connect to gain the competitive advantage.
(9:09) Embrace and nurture authenticity.
(15:51) Paying forward reinvention.

Tip of the Week

There's only one you - Be authentic and find your passion. It's your distinct competitive advantage.

Direct download: Episode_145_-_Dr._Tonya_Matthews_.mp3
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October starts our focus on the connect fundamental of the PureReinvention process. We can't think of a better person who personifies connect like this month's co-host, Erin Patten, Director of Retail and Marketing, Pony Ride. Listen as Mike and Erin discuss this month's interviews and how Erin uses the connect fundamental in advancing the mission of her organization.

QUOTE IT

“Part of the connection is intentionality.” (7:25)

 DIG IN

(3:04) The energy behind connect.
(5:49) The importance of patience.
(7:12) Sustainable energy.


Tip of the Week

Building a vibrant network takes patience. Don't be discouraged if you're not getting immediate results for your efforts

 

 

Direct download: Episode_144_October_Intro.mp3
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The end of September brings to an end our focus on the simplify fundamental of the PureReinvention process. We thought we would leave you with a short episode with our co-host Anita Quillen, CEO of Quillen Holdings, talking about tips she uses to simplify her management and personal life and how she balances both of them.

 

QUOTE IT

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“Control your fear so it doesn’t consume you.” (8:18)

 

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 DIG IN

  • (0:28) Next generation thought for employers.
  • (8:56) The culture of growth.
  • (10:04) Use time for yourself to enhance.

 

 

Tip of the Week

Rarely can you perfectly balance work and personal obligations on any given day. One or the other demands more attention. Give yourself permission to focus on one that needs your immediate attention and then make up the other so that they even out over time.

 

Direct download: Episode_143_-_Anita_Quillen_Simplify.mp3
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Melissa Butler is a dynamic person. We met her when touring Pony Ride with our spring STARTERS program. She is the founder and CEO of The Lip Bar. She was on Shark Tank and although they didn't get funded, they got tremendous exposure and Melissa had the ability to take advantage of the added interest in her product. Her marketing shatters all traditional molds for beauty products and she knows her target audience so well that she's named her and knows what she does on any given day. We got so much from Melissa that we broke the interview into two parts. The second part will be released later this fall. Both podcasts are inspiring!

 

QUOTE IT

“You’re not just selling products, you’re selling yourself. You’re selling a story.” (4:52)

“People don’t buy what you sell, they buy what you believe.” (10:45)

 

 DIG IN

  • (4:52) Basics of brand loyalty.
  • (6:40) Craft a compelling story (The Why).
  • (14:20) How to tell the story.
  • (15:41) Build a profile of your customer.

 

Tip of the Week

Simplify your marketing by developing a persona of your target market. Think about that person when creating your promotional materials.

 

Direct download: Episode_142_Melissa_Butler_Part_1.mp3
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Mark Denson, director of business attraction at the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, gives a unique perspective on Detroit's current resurgence and its roots in the planning that led to Detroit hosting the Super Bowl in 2006. Listen as Mark shares his observations of the Detroit story from his unique perspective. 

QUOTE IT

“Our problems were great and in that we needed great and creative solutions to move the city forward.” (4:53)

“Completing projects, making a difference in a visible way and creating partnerships to make these things happen.” (7:45)

DIG IN

(4:24) Dig out the hope factor. Sell the vision and make believers.
(7:29) Manage expectations by delivering.
(8:26) Invest in deep thought and think into the future.
(12:31) Shake the trees.
(16:31) Creating a sustainable growth cycle.

Tip of the Week

A "can do" attitude and patience can make all the difference.

 

Direct download: Episode_141_-_Mark_Denson_.mp3
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We kick off September with Anita-Marie Quillen, CEO Quillen Holdings. In this episode, Mike talks with Anita about how she uses the simplify process in PureReinvention to effectively communicate with employees.

 

QUOTE IT

“A thoughtful reduction to solutions.” (3:13)

“[The responsibility of a boss or leader] Continue growth from all the individuals underneath you.” (12:15)

 

DIG IN

 

  • (2:52) Shifting culture and measuring performance.
  • (5:17) Responding to behaviors.
  • (7:02) Transparency in communication.

 

Tip of the Week

Clearly communicate expectations and follow up regularly with staff.

 

 

Direct download: Episode_140_-_September_Introduction_wAnita_Quillen.mp3
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Mike Bills of Team PureReinvention and Bonnifer Ballard, this month's co-host and Executive Director of the Michigan Section of the American Waterworks Association discuss the main take aways from our August episodes.

QUOTE IT

“You can not begin to embrace what's happening today if you stay in your own little world and your talk to the same people about the same things." (6:35)
 

DIG IN

(2:49) Openness to disruption.
(4:04) Selective use of trends.
(5:03) Learning how to think differently.
(8:30) The environment to practice simplifying.

Tip of the Week

Gain a different perspective by talking with people who think differently from you.

 

Direct download: Episode_139_August_Lessons_Final.mp3
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If you want to see someone who lives the "what's next?" mantra, look no further than Dan Gilmartin of the Michigan Municipal League. The Michigan Municipal League has received national attention for its placemaking approach to community building and isn't resting on its laurels. Listen as Dan explains how he's given license by his board and stakeholders to think big and how he's building the team to execute on this expanded vision.

QUOTE IT

“You’ve gotta leave time for people to reflect a little bit.” (7:21)

“Innovate . . . Standardize . . . Optimize. (7:55)

DIG IN

 
  • (5:12) Pioneering thought on your 2.0.
  • (7:21) Identify your singular role.
  • (13:25) Expand your rolodex.
 

Tip of the Week

Make sure you're executing on your current mission well before expanding your part of the pie.

 
 
Direct download: Episode_138_-_Dan_Gilmartin.mp3
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Summer Minnick has achieved high levels of success through drive and planning. Unfortunately, even the best-laid plans can't prepare you for everything. Summer shares her experiences on how several unexpected turns of events affected her and how she turned these situations into positive outcomes.


QUOTE IT

“Everybody likes an element of control (5:56)"

“You know you can finish. You've done this a bazillion times. Just go do it. When you have to walk, just walk and get through it." (14:47)

“I had let go of all my expectations and preconceived outcomes and just decided I would just run." (15:42)


DIG IN

(3:11) The importance of the unexpected.
(3:28) Doubling up bundles of joy; adjusting to disruption.
(6:24) Running the distance to break the 4-hour barrier.
(11:52) Alternative goals.
(15:15) Crossing the finish line at 3:53:11.


Tip of the Week

Adjust and relax if your plan isn't working out.

Direct download: Episode_137_final.mp3
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We have a couple of exciting interviews lined up in August and a new co-host! Join Mike and Bonnifer Ballard, Executive Director, Michigan Section of the American Water Works Association, as they discuss how simplifying the message is important in securing support for a cause.

QUOTE IT

“Being able to tell a story in a very simple and clear way is very important.” (1:38)

“Embracing change: Learning to be flexible and deal with chaos.” (10:01) 

DIG IN

Lessons Learned from the Michigan Municipal League:

(2:38) How they tackle really big ideas in a simple way.
(3:01) Their one word: place making.
(5:15) Bringing the board along.

Tip of the Week

What’s your word? What is your very simple phrase to help people understand why you’re in business?

Direct download: Episode_136_-_August_Intro.mp3
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The PureReinvention team wraps up July discussing lessons learned from our guests this month. Simplification is very important in messaging and in serving customer needs. Organizations that focus on the customer experience and successfully communicate that are better positioned to thrive in this new economy. Listen as PureReinvention team members Mike Bills and Will Carlson discuss these lessons and reflect on how taking time to simplify complex issues is vital to advancing your mission.

QUOTE IT

“The simplification concept, for most people, becomes the pivot point.” (3:29)

DIG IN

(0:44) Getting ready to simplify.
(3:29) Lessons learned from simplification.

Tip of the Week

Successful solutions are almost always the simple ones.

Direct download: Episode_135_July_Wrap_Up.mp3
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Grand Rapids has had a vibe for some time and has become a prime Midwest destination in spite of not having a major sports team. This week’s guest is chief experience officer of Experience Grand Rapids, Doug Small and is the promoter in chief of this gem of a city. Doug shares his thoughts on how team building and thinking differently has built Grand Rapids to the destination it is today. Doug also shares a personal story that was a life changing event that provides a valuable lesson to all of us.

QUOTE IT

“A Collaborative pioneering smart.” (4:01)

"Attitude, character and enthusiasm.” (8:05)

"We’re willing to do differently.” (18:30)

DIG IN

(4:21) Handsome growth.
(5:35) Stay true to brand pillars.
(13:51) The responsibility of a leader to listen.


Tip of the Week

Listen to your body. Don't ignore subtle persistent pain. It could be a signal of a bigger problem.

Direct download: Episode_134_-_Doug_Small.mp3
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Direct download: Episode_133_-_Jim_Knight.mp3
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Simplification of the message is vital to enlisting support and/or selling the product. Most successful endeavors end up being a simple solution to a complex problem. Complicated messages get lost and confuse customers and stakeholders. PR firms make a good living condensing messages to brands and slogans. However, in order to get to the simple slogan or elevator pitch, you have to thoroughly understand the issues and the problem at hand. Join team members Mike Bills and Will Carlson as they discuss simplifying the message and learn what's in store for our July podcasts.

Quote it


“What the hell does this mean?” (1:49)
“Be thoughtful about the bullet points.” (2:54)

Dig in


(2:32) Condense your hour long speech to ten minutes.
(3:33) Moving our passion and knowledge to a takeaway message for the listener.
(6:57) The power of illustrating to solve problems.

Don't be overwhelmed by the daunting task. Take a big problem and break it down to small parts.

Direct download: Episode_132_July_Intro_Final.mp3
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QUOTE IT


“[Detroit bankruptcy story] 170,000 creditors … 18.5 billion in debt … a pension system that was $3.5 billion underfunded … a service delivery insolvent city.” (0:46)

"[Company rebranding] So many things about it branding wise that were difficult.” (3:29)

"Our plan now drives how I spend everyday.” (5:48)

DIG IN

(1:10) Mining the daunting task and knowing where to start. Identify and reduce one single thing to a picture that others can understand.
(3:47) Less is more. Simplify your message.
(6:22) Streamline expectations with targeted focus.

Tip of the Week

Simplification is vital in your mission and your internal and external communications.

Direct download: Episode_131_Intro_To_Simplify_Final.mp3
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A successful life or career is rarely made from one dramatic event. It usually is a result of a work ethic developed over a series of small experiences and successes along the line. Listen to this week's episode as team members Mike Bills and Sonya Robinson discuss how you can develop a sense of ownership in your journey through taking small manageable steps to advance yourself both professionally and personally. 

QUOTE IT

“You have to own the work you want to do so you can get the work you’re destined to do.” (3:59)

"Create basic success first.” (7:10)

DIG IN

(4:15) Identify personal values.


(5:19) Start with small things to create a pattern of success.

Tip of the Week

Ownership starts with the small things. If you act responsibly you will get more responsibility.

Direct download: Episode_130_Ownership_Quarter_Recap.mp3
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The relationship between a board of directors and a CEO is often undefined and can change based on the management style of the leadership. This week we explore a successful case of board leadership working in tandem with their new CEO as we talk with Cindy Bowen, Chairperson of the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association board of directors and Deanna Richeson, President and CEO of that organization.

QUOTE IT

“The association has to change and evolve ahead of its members to provide value." (6:11)

"Be a listener. Engage your industry stakeholders. Have vision. Look for opportunities. Put that into an executable plan.” (9:07)

DIG IN

(3:50) Being the differentiator.
(5:18) The importance of continued quantum growth.
(6:18) Seeing ahead of your members.
(9:35) Unique value and characteristics of a sustainable board.

Tip of the Week

Do the board of directors and the chief executive have defined roles? Constant friction between the board and the chief executive may be an indicator of undefined roles.

Direct download: Episode_129_MLTA_Deanna_Richeson_and_Cindy_Bowen.mp3
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Deanna Richeson has accomplished a lot in her first year at the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association. The association's annual conference set a record for attendance and she initiated a workforce development job fair that attracted over 400 attendees. That's quite a bit for a first year at the helm, but it sounds like she's just getting started. Listen to team member Sonya Robinson as she gets Deanna's thoughts on how she intends to work with her board of directors to move the association forward.


QUOTE IT

“The role of the board is to help create the vision from the industry’s perspective about where the organization will grow.” (4:36)

"It’s critical that the board shows up.” (5:50)

"Quantum growth: Big growth in a short time.” (9:16)


DIG IN

(5:42) Diversity of contribution.
(8:18) Quantum growth vs incremental growth.
(9:44) The importance of executive listening.


Tip of the Week

Sustainable growth can only be attained when you respond to the needs of your customers. Take the time to listen to your members/customers.

Direct download: Episode_128_Deanna_Richeson_Final.mp3
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PureReinvention team members Mike Bills and Sonya Robinson kick off June discussing how curiosity is a critical element of ownership.

Quote it
“Personal curiosity … drives the ownership component” (5:47)
“Use my curiosity to take things to the next level.” (8:40)
“What’s the little thing I can change that will make a difference.” (9:03)

Dig in
(6:24) The hunger for curiosity
(8:24) Pulling forward to understand

Tip of the Week:
Curiosity is the essence of ownership. Keep asking the "why"?

 

Direct download: Episode_127_-_Reach_for_the_Curiosity_Final.mp3
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PureReinvention launched the inaugural STARTERS event this month and we took a few moments to talk to some of the participants. STARTERS is professional development done the PureReinvention way. We immerse participants in the Detroit story, help put these stories into perspective, and help you to craft your personal and/or professional reinvention plan! Listen as we discuss first impressions of this big move forward in the PureReinvention program.

QUOTE IT


“Their [STARTERS presenters] passion and commitment is admirable.” (2:07)

"[The PureReinvention philosophy] The five steps are going to help me with all the projects, communities and individuals I work with.” (3:37)

DIG IN

(4:14) How STARTERS is set apart from other learning experiences.
(4:38) Two degrees of separation from someone to help individuals move forward. The collaborative approach.

Tip of the Week

Use the Detroit story to jumpstart changes in your personal and professional life. Need help? Enroll in STARTERS to get a head start in your reinvention story.

 

Direct download: Episode_126_STARTERS_Final.mp3
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Mike and co-host Dru Mitchell of the Clinton County Economic Alliance wrap up May’s topic of ownership at the personal level. Dru and Mike discuss Steven Covey’s principle of “start with the end in mind” and discuss how you can take this principle to advance you personal life and/or career.

QUOTE IT


“Owning what you want to accomplish drives the direction you go in.” (2:35)

“Professional and personal curiosity is huge.” (3:52)

“It is the diversity of individuals that you surround yourself with that will help guide you. You just need to listen.” (8:42)

DIG IN

(1:08) Confidence with knowing the end game.
(3:16) Leadership behaviors that encourage one’s ability to hit new marks.
(5:26) Questions to ask yourself if you’re not moving forward.
(8:15) You can’t be hesitant to try something different.

Tip of the Week


Identify where you want to be before moving forward.

Direct download: 125_Personal_Ownership_Month_Recap_Final.mp3
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Entrepreneurs take risks - That's a given, but as we learn from Danielle Smith, owner of Detroit Maid, you can manage that risk. Listen to the steps she took to take control of her future, overcome her fears and make the entrepreneurial plunge.

QUOTE IT

“Fear of failure can be paralyzing.” (9:16)


"A combination of articulating that vision and putting yourself in a space to be around people that will support it is really crucial.” (14:06)

 

DIG IN

(6:03) Owning the idea and taking the methodical approach.
(11:15) At the tipping point.
(13:05) Leverage a robust support network.


Tip of the Week

Manage your risk by building a support network of friends who are knowledgeable and aren't afraid to tell you what they think.

Direct download: Episode_124_Danielle_Smith.mp3
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It's no secret that participants in team sports often end up with an advantage when assuming leadership roles. Many of the skill sets learned on the playing field can be applied to leadership roles in the office. Listen this week as we talk to Kris Smith, director of the Detroit Sports Commission. He will share his love and passion for sports and how he and his team are working to maintain Detroit's stature as a great destination for all kinds of sporting events.

Quote It

“First in.” (5:19)
“Being accountable for not just yourself but for your teammate.” (5:39)
“We, as a team, can not win unless you do your job.” (5:44)

Dig in


(5:55) The basic fundamentals.
(9:12) Getting energy from the crowd.
(7:12) Two way trust to inspire ownership.
(12:28) Making space for what’s next.

Tip of the week: A team is only as strong as its weakest link. Build and nurture the whole team.

Direct download: Episode_123_-_Kris_Smith.mp3
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Taking ownership (responsibility) of your life is key to your personal success. Taking ownership of your role in your organization is key to your professional success. The PureReinvention Project will spend the month of May exploring how you can take ownership of your future, regardless of your current position in life.

QUOTE IT

“That champion can be you.” (9:36)

"Select and move things forward.” (10:42)


DIG IN

(3:45) Knowing what to move forward first.
(6:10) Why own?
(7:46) Elements of owning.

Tip of the Week

Passion makes all the difference. If you're not passionate about what you're doing, take a step back and find out what stirs your passion.

 

Direct download: Episode_122_Ownership_at_the_personal_and_staff_level.mp3
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Mike and Jodi wrap up April discussing ownership in the non-profit sector. Whether you're the CEO, serving on the board or have a staff position, it's important to the success of the organization that you own your role and take responsibility for the outcomes. Not only will this benefit the organization, it also will help you in advancing your professional journey as well!


QUOTE IT

“Putting your name on the line.” (2:22)

"Picking your head up. Charting your own course.” (6:59)

“Together we can.” (8:54)

DIG IN

(1:30) The paradox of owning.
(2:43) A key characteristic of emerging leaders.
(3:55) Rewrite the outcome.
(5:05) The excitement of ownership.
(7:20) Gaining buy in.

TIP OF THE WEEK:

You will doom a project if no one is responsible for its progress and outcome.

Direct download: Episode_121_April_Wrap_Up.mp3
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If non-profits are to be sustainable, they need to run it more like a business where programs support themselves and the organization is in close enough touch with the public and the stakeholders to maintain relevancy. Sometimes that mission has to change. The March of Dimes is a great example where the original mission of eradicating polio was accomplished, yet the organization still exists as their mission evolved to combatting birth defects. In this episode, Dr. Truman Hudson, Jr. talks to Mike Bills about how non-profits need to start thinking more like a business in order to ensure that they are sustainable in the long run.

QUOTE IT

“People give to people. People give to people they know, they care for and they trust” (4:58)

"Leaders are leading from the heart and not necessarily through the business lens.” (9:43)

“Sustainability puts you in a position to pivot if necessary.” (10:51)


DIG IN

(3:55) The premise of going out of business.
(6:15) Owning relevance.
(9:50) Fiduciary responsibility of leadership to ensure sustainability.
(12:37) Characteristics of sustainable leadership.

TIP OF THE WEEK:

Non-profit programs still need to provide revenue or member value if the organization is to be sustainable in the long run.

Direct download: Episode_120_Truman_Hudson_Jr.mp3
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Ownership in the non-profit sector happens on many levels. Erin Patten owns her part of Ponyride's mission and connects the organization to the community. Listen as Erin and Mike discuss how the staff and board of directors can work together to accomplish great things.

QUOTE IT

“The breaker anointing” (2:31)

"All boards should be working boards.” (10:56)

“If there isn’t a connection to the community, then how will they know if you’re gone or if you're there.” (12:28)

DIG IN

(6:08) Ownership in a collaborative space.
(7:59) Board involvement.
(11:59) Collaboration + Community Partners = Sustainability.
(17:29) Vetting to attain a value added board.


TIP OF THE WEEK:

Taking responsibility is a key to success. Ask yourself: Do I own the outcome of my work? Do I accept responsibility for my actions or do I pass it off to someone else?

Direct download: Episode_119_Erin_Patten_Ponyride_Final.mp3
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April starts a new quarter and a new focus for our podcasts. Quarter two is dedicated to the "own" step in the PureReinvention model. We've lined up some great interviews to demonstrate how you can effectively take ownership of the situation to address the disruptions we all face. In April we look at the non-profit sector and explore how staff, chief executives and board members can own their respective pieces of the puzzle to effectively advance the cause forward.

QUOTE IT

“We’re talking about the people who are behaving as owners” (3:29)

"Making money and being profitable in your programs should be an expectation.” (7:12)

“Thriving and looking forward to what’s next.” (8:40)

DIG IN

(1:25) What is ownership?
(3:59) Application.

TIP OF THE WEEK:

Are you willling to be accountable in solving the problems your organization faces? Effective change happens only when people are brave enough to accept accountability for the results of the actions needed to be taken.

Direct download: Episode_118_Intro_to_Ownership_in_Non-Profits_Final.mp3
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We all have set backs. It's what we do with those disruptions that define us in the long run. Listen to this inspiring podcast as PureReinvention team member Sonya Robinson talks with co-host Julie Owens about disruption on a personal level.

QUOTE IT

“Knowing when to hold on. Knowing when we need to walk away.” (1:29)

"When opportunity knocks … walk across the threshold to go and experience my next level of reinvention.” (2:23)

“Is this working for me?” (3:24)

DIG IN

(1:02) Being honest with ourselves.
(1:48) When opportunity knocks.
(2:56) Being honest even if it hurts.
(3:45) Acting on honest realizations.

TIP OF THE WEEK:

Be an agent of your own change. Find your inner voice and listen to it.

Direct download: Episode_117_Sonya_and_Julie_Final_-_32517_12.47_PM.mp3
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Direct download: Episode_116_Rochelle_Rizzi_Final.mp3
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Being outgoing and a skillful disruptor is a learned process for most of us. In this episode Monica Ware shares with Mike how she embraces this learning process.

QUOTE IT

“If you don’t make incremental adjustments as you go, then things explode and are uncomfortable.” (2:44)

"Which path do you want to take?” (9:53)

“Controlled disruption” (12:51)

DIG IN

(2:23) To be a learned disruptor.
(5:13) The value of reinventing yourself first.
(10:01) Coaching others to move.


TIP OF THE WEEK:

As you assess your professional life, consider questions such as: "Is this working for me? Am I happy, fulfilled? Am I being challenged?”

Direct download: Episode_115_Monica_Ware_FInal.mp3
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March's line up is dedicated to how we deal with disruptions in our personal lives. In this episode, Mike Bills discusses with Amy Frankmann how you can apply PureReinvention principles to disruptions in your personal life.

QUOTE IT

“Her personal life and her professional life met.” (2:30)

"What happens after five o’clock?” (3:03)

“After the disruption you have to own your own behavior.” (4:23)

“Use what we have done as the spring board of where we’re going.” (6:29)

DIG IN

(0:53) How to stay focused on the end goal.
(1:58) When personal conviction is lacking.
(4:00) Simplify and put framework around moving things forward.
(5:06) Take time to listen to yourself.

TIP OF THE WEEK:

Build your self-confidence. Make a list of all the things you did today, in your personal life. Reflect upon what you have become and build on that.

Direct download: Episode_114_Personal_Disruption_Final.mp3
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Would you drop everything to chase your dream? Even against advice of friends and family? That's what Antea Shelton and her sister did to chase their dream of writing a song for Beyoncé. Listen this week as Mike talks to Antea Shelton, vocal coach and owner of Aplus Music Group.

QUOTE IT

“Disrupt what was normal.” (5:25)

"Test the market with what you do.” (8:30)

“My role as a teacher has taught me not to disrupt somebody and leave them alone, but to partner with them so that we go together.” (9:58)

“You catch flies better with honey than with vinegar.” (14:04)

DIG IN

(5:56) Function in fear or love.
(7:49) Internal self-confidence.
(9:58) Co-leadership and collaboration.
(11:25) Become a vibe master.

TIP OF THE WEEK:

Learn to be a vibe master. Listen and feel what the other person is feeling to determine the next best move.

Direct download: Episode_113_Antea_Shelton_Final.mp3
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Why is Mike wearing the pink hat? Well you just have to listen to the episode to find out! We got so much from our talk with Julie Owens that we had to bring her back for a second interview. This time we talked about how to handle disruption in the office and use common sense to work out differences.

QUOTE IT

“Does a degree define who I am as a professional?” (3:02)

"Common sense is not so common, but we need to use it in resolving differences.” (5:28)

“Words are gifts and words are weapons.” (5:37)

“A scared man can’t win.” (15:17)

DIG IN
(2:29) Education comes in different packages.
(5:20) Disagreeing without being disagreeable.
(6:30) Tools for success.

TIP OF THE WEEK:

Disagree without being disagreeable. Be conscience of what you're saying and how you're saying it.

Direct download: Episode_112_Julie_Owens_Part_2.mp3
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You see a lot being a federal judge for over 27 years, but nothing could prepare him for the role he was to play in Detroit's bankruptcy. Join us for a fascinating interview where Judge Rosen shares some stories behind the grand bargain that saved Detroit.

QUOTE IT

“Get out of the river nile … and confront the realities.” (13:26)

"Resolve the underlying structural problems." (14:19)

“The real core is about creating more heros and less villains.” (20:40)

DIG IN

(4:54) Recognized a different approach was needed.
(7:50) The binary equation.
(11:54) Creativity when obligation exceeds the revenue stream.
(15:31) Be tenacious and persistent.

TIP OF THE WEEK:

Leaders are tenacious and persistent. Ask probing questions from stakeholders and customers. Leave no stone unturned when searching for solutions.

Direct download: Episode_111_Judge_Rosen_Final.mp3
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February's line up focuses on how people handle disruption in their professional lives. Listen to Mike Bills and Sonya Robinson of Team PureReinvention as they discuss professional disruption.

QUOTE IT

“All next generation success as a leader … comes first from us.” (0:50)

“(Professional disruption) The ownership of your own professional destiny.” (3:54)

“Close the door behind them as they move forward.” (6:32)


DIG IN

(0:20) Professional disruption defined.
(4:04) Tools to navigate an aggressive and upward mobility journey.
(6:03) Recipe for sustainable change.


TIP OF THE WEEK:

Always move forward. If you've decided to move on, going back is not an option.

Direct download: Ep._110_Professional_Disruption.mp3
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Mike Bills and Monica Ware, president of Association Management Solutions, summarize what we’ve learned from this month’s episodes. We can all learn lessons from the disruption that has happened in Detroit in recent years.

QUOTE IT
“What happens when things go too long?” (4:29)

“The savvy businesses will look for the gaps and fill in.” (8:17)

“Through disruption the wise leader is able to navigate and forge next step opportunity.” (9:24)
DIG IN

(2:43) Disruption defined.
(5:03) Defense for major disruption.
(7:00) Balance with minor disruptions.
(8:28) The importance of the entrepreneurial thought process.

TIP OF THE WEEK:
Major disruption is often a product of years of neglect. Asking the tough questions early and often can avert disaster.

Direct download: Episode_109_-_Lessons_From_Detroit_Final_-.mp3
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There are tremendous changes going on in Detroit and self-described "misfit" Regina Gaines, co-owner of the House of Pure Vin, shares with us her observations of what's happening in downtown Detroit.

QUOTE IT

“You can move mountains if you can find a crack.” (8:16)

“Our resurgence is something to really discuss because its home grown.” (10:27)

“The innovative mindset is a misfit.” (14:41)

DIG IN

(7:32) Economic, psychographic and demographic change.
(8:10) Defining the crack.
(9:09) Formula for business success.

TIP OF THE WEEK:

Be true to yourself and your passion. If something feels wrong where you are, take the time to find the place where you feel right.

Direct download: 108_-_Regina_Gaines_Final.mp3
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This week's guest is Julie Owens, case manager for the Honorable Gerald Rosen. Through her position with Judge Rosen, Julie had a front seat in witnessing the bankruptcy proceedings. Join us as we hear Julie share some stories and her thoughts on this historic event.

QUOTE IT

“Failure was not an option.” (6:26)

“In finding a new solution . . . put in a new process.” (9:34)

“Don’t go for the obvious. Don’t be afraid to do something that’s not obvious.” (12:52)

DIG IN

(3:55) The role of a visionary leader to reach an unprecedented resolve.
(5:49) Lessons learned from the largest municipal bankruptcy.
(10:14) Grand bargaining defined.

TIP OF THE WEEK:

When major disruption happens, take the time to take a hard look at your assets. Connect to your customers and stakeholders to be sure you're listing the right assets and that they are properly valued.

Direct download: 107_-_Julie_Owens_Final.mp3
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We're tweaking the podcast format in 2017 to help organize our content to better align with the five fundamentals. The first quarter will be dedicated to the disrupt fundamental. January will be dedicated to how Detroit embodies disruption.

QUOTE IT

“[Key strategic leaders] Always stay a little unsettled in their responsibility in moving their organizations forward.” (3:32)

“How impressive it is when we have leaders who are putting unlike things together to create new opportunities.“ (5:20)

“Disruption isn’t what takes you to your knees” (7:56)

DIG IN

(3:42) Identify opportunities for reinvention.
(4:58) Leadership behaviors that drive a rainbow of opportunities.
(6:18) Disruption as an opportunity, not as a threat.

TIP OF THE WEEK:

Detroit is the reinvention learning laboratory. Pay close attention to what is and isn't working to help you in your reinvention strategy.

Direct download: Episode_106_Detroit_Disruption_Final.mp3
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Last podcast for the year! We wanted to end 2016 talking about one of the most important aspects of professional and personal development - connecting. The PureReinvention project was born by the founders connecting and collaborating on shared interests. The fundamentals and concepts were derived from countless meetings of disrupters who needed a safe space to collaborate, dream and scheme. With this in mind, we have developed CEO forums and other connection opportunities for executives and aspiring executives to connect and collaborate. Listen to Mike talk to Julie Novak, CEO of the Michigan State Medical Society as she discusses her experience with one of these forums and how she uses the podcasts to help with professional development.

Editors note: We are taking a couple weeks off to retool and prepare for 2017. See you again on January 9, 2017!

QUOTE IT

“The value that you have to have as an organization or as an individual with a skill set has to keep evolving.” (5:03)

“Go external and connect in new and different ways.” (5:43)

“[Podcasts] It’s like having a network or having a series of coaches available to you.” (7:43)

DIG IN

(0:49) The power of conversation for growing professionals.
(3:09) The role of an executive coach.
(5:37) Podcasts help individuals to connect.
(8:00) The value in connecting with groups of likeminded individuals.

TIP OF THE WEEK:

Plan on making your own connections. Create a support group that you meet with regularly. If you don't have one - Call us!

 

Direct download: 105_PureReinvention_Connection_Final.mp3
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2017 is fast approaching and we've asked disrupter Mindy Bradish-Orta of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and Experience Jackson how she prepares for the new year. There's some good tips you can utilize over the remaining weeks of 2016 to hit the ground running in January.

QUOTE IT

“[Leaders] Find safe places … to let go of pressure to be perfect” (6:25)

“Bring leadership maturity within yourself” (9:19)

DIG IN

(4:52) How to attain a healthy work life balance.
(6:50) The power of setting realistic expectations.
(10:23) Define oscillating lifestyle.

TIP OF THE WEEK:

Take some time this holiday season to recharge and set realistic expectations for yourself and others in the coming new year.

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Inclusion is a verb. Verbs are words of action. This week's guest has dedicated her life to helping organizations practice the action of inclusion. Listen to Nikki Pardo, Owner, Global Alliance Solutions Diversity Training and Consulting as she discusses diversity and inclusion with us.

QUOTE IT

“Diversity (noun) is our differences … inclusion (verb) is nirvana.” (8:41)

“You’re one article away from being exposed.” (11:29)

“The U.S. Census is tracking that by the year 2050 there will be no majority race” (14:21)

DIG IN

(8:18) Define diversity and inclusion.

(13:10) A case study to learn and experience practical application of diversity and inclusion.

(14:19) The movement.

(15:04) The emerging understanding and differentiator.

TIP OF THE WEEK:

Learn to be curious and connect with others who aren’t likeminded to discover the opportunities.

Direct download: 103_-_Nikki_Pardo_Final.mp3
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This is the second of our follow ups we recorded this fall. We just couldn't get enough of Anita Quillen and thought you all would benefit from a deeper dive into her story.

QUOTE IT

“My knowledge just keep growing because I didn’t close any door.” (4:24)

“Listen to yourself so you can learn these things in time.” (6:48)

“Keep marching forward.” (8:56)

DIG IN

(6:07) Doing although afraid.
(7:02) Teaching others to be successful leaders.
(9:34) Overcoming barriers and obstacles.

TIP OF THE WEEK:

Everyone has fear. The winners forge ahead in spite of these fears.

Direct download: Episode_102_-_Anita_Quillen.mp3
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For the next couple of weeks we're going to get the personal stories of two fascinating ladies. This week is a follow up to our interview with Karen Slaughter-DuPerry. Listen to her story and share with your friends to provide some motivation!

QUOTE IT

“Listen and then feedback to the person: 'I thought I heard you say.'” (4:26)
“Are you just doing something or are you solving an issue?” (8:30)
“I was the roadblock buster.” (11:02)

DIG IN

(4:00) Listening, a trait for successful executives.
(5:45) Spend time with a blank piece of paper to shape or transform the current entity.
(7:26) Use collaborative listening to create the vision.
(9:09) Ability to be a really good implementer.

TIP OF THE WEEK:

Listen with an open mind. Preconceived ideas can interfere with an effective solution.

Direct download: Karen_Slaughter-DuPerry_2_Final.mp3
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100 episodes, nearly 2,300 minutes or over 38 hours of PureReinvention. What a ride! Team PureReinvention takes a few minutes to talk about the last couple of years and provides some hints of what's to come.


QUOTE IT

“There becomes the power where others are starting to initiate energy into this PureReinvention process because they now see where it connects into the value of what their journey is.” (5:40)

DIG IN


(3:22) The movement of PureReinvention podcasts


(6:20) Opportunities to connect with likeminded individuals


Tip of the week:

Use the PureReinvention podcasts for inspiration. Reach out to us and guests to build your network. Share your PureReinvention story with us!

Direct download: PureReinvention_100_Episode_Final.mp3
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It can be a lonely place being a young disrupter. That's why its good to reach out and network with others and find a support network. Fortunately for us, Greg Rokisky, social and digital media consultant, found his way to PureReinvention (a safe harbor for disrupters) and will be spearheading our social media communities going into 2017. We think Greg's story is inspiring.


QUOTE IT

“The easiest way to sell a product or to increase your bottom line as a brand or to achieve a goal is to find likeminded individuals around you.” (7:42)

“I know I’m not alone now because there is an organization that encourages others to think how I’m thinking.” (11:49)

DIG IN

(6:42) How to build a community.

(14:16) How PureReinvention helps to support a community of likeminded individuals.

(18:36) Why PureReinvention.


Tip of the week:

Be open to new and possibly intimidating tools and strategies. Ensue creativity and vulnerability to fuel your next sustainable change.

 

Direct download: 099_Greg_Rokisky_Final.mp3
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Simplification is central to the reinvention process. A major element of this simplification process is the short mission statement or a simple diagram to convey where the key stakeholders need to keep their focus. In this week's interview with Kevin Shaw, vice president of marketing with Weiland, we learn how important it is to ask the right questions and simplify wherever possible.

QUOTE IT

“Retain talent by inviting people to have a piece of the action.” (4:44)

“Solve problems before they become problems.” (16:09)


DIG IN

(3:27) Developing a sustainable succession plan.

(8:22) A defining moment with simplify.

(10:24) Moving quickly towards the marketplace.


Tip of the week:

Keep your mission simple. Use one a one page statement or an easy to understand diagram to convey the plan to all stakeholders.

Direct download: 098_Kevin_Shaw_Final_.mp3
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How does a young woman succeed in a male dominated manufacturing industry? Anita Quillen shows us how. She empowers employees, learns her audience and competitors, and doesn't back down from uncomfortable situations. Anita Quillen, president and CEO of Diversified Engineering & Plastics is truly an inspiration!


QUOTE IT

“Teach yourself to take a step back before you approach anything.” (4:28)

“You can’t control everything . . . give them the room to be successful.” (5:52)

“Providing the flexibility for real life.” (10:24)

“Learn from everything you interact with.” (16:48)

DIG IN

(4:11) Learn to use difficult conversations to create movement.

(5:33) Learn to be comfortable leading from the backseat.

(7:44) The power of learning your audience.

(9:34) Closing the gap with hiring the right people.

Tip of the Week:

Are you giving your people enough room to be successful? Sometimes showing flexibility will pay great dividends.

 

Direct download: Episode_097_Anita_Quillen_1_Final.mp3
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Sometimes it's difficult for non-profits to clearly identify their customers. Failure to do so can quickly lead to irrelevance and make it impossible to get the necessary funds even for the most worthy causes. Join us for this week's episode with Ken Toll, president and CEO of the United Way of Jackson County and learn how Ken is working hard to reach out and communicate with his stakeholders.

QUOTE IT

“How do we create systems level improvements in this community?” (6:25)

“Collective impact methodology of solving problems . . . You may not know where you’re going but if you don’t take the first step you’re not going to get there.” (8:44)

“The more we talk the more our customer base grows.” (9:45)


DIG IN

(3:44) How to achieve community impact.

(6:45) Reinventive communication focus.

(10:48) How to balance political push and data driven decisions.


Tip of the week:

Consider the collective impact methodology of solving problems – take some small steps, do prototyping and testing, get feedback loops going and seize the opportunities from lowest first and build upon them.

Direct download: Ep_096_Ken_Toll_Final.mp3
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Connect is the most multifaceted fundamental in PureReinvention. This week's short follows up on Carrie Ramirez's blog on connect and provides us with some insight on how to connect people, actions and opportunities.

QUOTE IT

“See the web of connections” (5:10)

“The only way to beat your enemy is to know them so well that you can love them.” (6:13)

“I can take my skills and my strengths and maximize those and minimize my weaknesses because I’ve balanced them out with someone else who has the strengths I don’t have.” (6:54)


DIG IN

How we make connect our best weapon through the web of connections:

(5:29) People
(7:29) Actions
(8:44) Opportunity

Tip of the week

Do a self-evaluation before taking action. In what way will you make a difference? Who will you reach out to? What actions will you connect between you and them? What are the opportunities?

Direct download: Ep095_Carrie_Ramirez_Short_Final.mp3
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Connectual intelligence isn't a word, but we think it should be. Monica Moser, president and CEO of Jackson Community Foundation teaches us this concept and how connecting community leaders has created a cradle to career educational model in Jackson that's being talked about across the country.


QUOTE IT

“You’re never done. When you think you’ve got something figured out and you’ve put some things into place, you realize you have to disrupt it all over again.” (3:05)

“Almost every conversation could potentially be a difficult conversation.” (5:36)

“We're building a community of leaders that trust one another. Even if it’s a hard conversation to have the conversation.” (11:16)


DIG IN

(3:41) Cradle to career educational model (collective impact model of systems change).

(6:03) How to prepare for disruption.

(7:26) The power of looking in the rearview mirror to celebrate success.

(12:53) Failing forward.

(17:20) Define the best unword “conceptual intelligence."


TIP OF THE WEEK:


Ask yourself: How do I listen? Am I listening to understand or am I listening for what to say next?

Direct download: Monica_Moser_Final.mp3
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Move. Move. Move! That’s the mantra of one of Michigan’s prominent leaders of the manufacturing industry. Chuck Hadden, president and CEO of the Michigan Manufacturers Association embodies move. Wether encouraging staff to “go to bat” and try new ideas or his extensive travel and meeting with members across the state, Chuck teaches us how to practice the “move” fundamental of PureReinvention.

In this episode Chuck shares his enthusiasm about hitting the road and talking to his members. His stories and energy make for a great podcast.

 

Sponsored by:

HRM Services


QUOTE IT

“I tell everybody, I want to hit 300 ball. I want to miss twice and hit once.” (4:37)

“It’s a very competitive business and you’ve got to be out there marketing it.” (8:58)

“If you sit in your office, you’re going to read emails.”(17:00)


DIG IN


(4:31) Chuck talks about how important move is to a leader.

(6:03) Chuck talks about how to minimize risk when taking chances.

(8:20) Chuck talks about the need to be on the road to be the face and identity of MMA to its members.

(10:13) Chuck talks about how MMA uses member stories to be part of the association’s marketing model and how it provides value to it’s members.

(15:10) Chuck talks about how creative leadership in finding new opportunities.


TIP OF THE WEEK:

Leaders must spend significant time in the field connecting to stakeholders. Set a goal of dedicating a good portion of your time to this task and stick to it.

Direct download: Chuck_Hadden_Final.mp3
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Inclusion is a behavior. It's more than simply inviting someone to the table. If you want buy-in and true supporters, they have to know they're genuinely part of the process. Karen Slaughter-DuPerry, project management & community relations executive of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy teaches us how to embody this behavior through her experience with building the necessary support to make the revitalized Detroit riverfront a reality.

Sponsored by:

WillPower Consulting

QUOTE IT

“We achieved something great.” (10:24)

“Nobody was more important than anybody.” (11:28)

“The diversity is already there. You just have to respect the diversity.” (12:21)

DIG IN

(7:36) Building an impactful community for product development (inclusivity and ownership.)

(10:01) Get inspired by shared ownership.

(14:55) Spinning the assumingly negative to your advantage.

TIP OF THE WEEK:

Consider forgoing meeting minutes (if your bylaws or governing rules permit) to encourage attendance and engagement.

Direct download: Karen_Slaughter-DuPerry_Final.mp3
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Many people have told us that PureReinvetion helps a great deal in their personal lives as well. Jodi Parker shares her personal story in this week’s episode. This is a must listen episode if you need a little inspiration to get moving in a positive direction!

Sponsored by:

MBStrategies

QUOTE IT

“I knew I had gotten to a place where I wasn’t excited anymore.” (5:14)

“It has to first start with you.” (9:23)

“Getting on the bus.” (9:47)

DIG IN


(3:25) The switch turned on with WE.INVENT experience

(7:19) Inspired by the language of PureReinvention

TIP OF THE WEEK:


Take the PureReinvention fundamentals and apply them to your personal life. Reach out to friends to share your situation and use them to formulate a plan and help you be accountable in your progress.

Direct download: 091_Short_-_Making_PureReinvention_Personal_Final.mp3
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Carrie Ramirez has learned to connect and build teams to face seemingly insurmountable tasks. By connecting and simplifying one can handle the constant changes we all face. Listen this week to how Carrie applies these principles as a senior audit manager with General Motors as well as in her personal life.

QUOTE IT

“A language coming together with what I was experiencing in my personal life and my professional life—all coming together—giving me a way to talk about it.” (5:19)

“Disruption is the opportunity step . . . creating space to go forward.” (9:46)

PureReinvention is “overwhelmingly positive when you’re ready.” (11:28)


DIG IN

(5:30) Application of PureReinvention fundamentals in business.
(7:15) Application of PureReinvention fundamentals in personal life.
(17:11) Approach to make major tasks more palatable.


TIP OF THE WEEK:

Don't be overwhelmed by seemingly daunting tasks. Take major tasks and break them into small parts.

Direct download: 090_Carrie_Ramirez_Final.mp3
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Do you plan retreats for your organization? Do you find it difficult to put together inspiring programs for your team? Look no further than PureReinvention! The PureReinvention team has spent the last two years looking for inspiring people and stories from the Detroit experience to help you create a retreat that will invigorate your team. In this episode, Mike and Jodi talk to Julie Novak and Ben Louagie of the Michigan State Medical Society about their experience with a PureReinvention retreat.

Sponsored by:

WillPower Consulting


QUOTE IT

“People are doing hard things in a lot of different places and they're being very successful at it.” (8:04)

“We had an opportunity to not only learn but also experience and see things that were outside of where our normal paths would lead us.” (9:38)

“The value of it carries on long beyond the experience itself.” (13:02)

“Placing what is important ahead of what is urgent.” (19:50)


DIG IN

(2:44) Michigan State Medical Society's reasoning for a corporate retreat.
(5:27) The value in retreating to a unique and relevant space.
(12:06) The most dramatic return on investment for Michigan State Medical Society.


TIP OF THE WEEK:

Investigate the PureReinvention corporate retreat offering. We intentionally construct an experience that will take each participant through the five fundamentals of PureReinvention using Detroit's reinvention as the learning laboratory to highlight these steps.

Direct download: 089_Corporate_Retreats_Final.mp3
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Mindy is a go-getter. She gets things done. You'd think someone with this temperament wouldn't have time for other's opinions, but you'd be wrong. Collaborating and connecting are a vital part of how Mindy accomplishes things. Listen to this episode as Mike talks to Mindy about the power of connecting and collaborating in her role as President/Executive Director of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and Experience Jackson.

Sponsored by:

MB Strategies

QUOTE IT

“There is very little in this day and age that hasn’t already been tried. So, why not learn from the people that did it.” (6:57)


“What roadblocks . . . will I run into that I don’t even see coming?” (7:17)

“What are we not going to do?” (14:44)

“Try to use my two ears more than my one mouth.” (15:51)

DIG IN

(5:08) How the chamber transferred lessons learned from Midtown Detroit.
(10:00) How to measure movement.
(11:06) Barriers to movement.

TIP OF THE WEEK:

Establish "check points" in your project timeline to stop and see who's still with you. If key players have dropped out, find out why and adjust your strategy.

Direct download: 088_Mindy_Bradish-Orta_Final.mp3
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Jordan Skole is a marketing automation consultant and has had a great deal of experience in helping clients simplify their lives through asking the right questions. In this episode Mike talks with Jordan about his recent work with The Iron Yard's Detroit Campus training the next generation of software developers.

Sponsored by:


HRM Services

 

QUOTE IT


“Simplify . . . Remove a lot of the noise. Focus on the signal.” (2:37)

“The goal is to keep . . . in the struggling productively zone.” (7:27)

“Go after, seek and capture what we want to create . . .” (11:32)


DIG IN


The value of uncomfortable situations. (4:39)
Define the zone of struggling productively. (7:35)
How the city of Detroit connects to individuals and businesses. (9:15)

TIP OF THE WEEK:

Mentors are great to bounce ideas, be honest and share emotional struggles. Use several mentors to get different perspectives, but have the courage to make your own decisions.

Mentors are great to bounce ideas, be honest and share emotional struggles. Use several mentors to get different perspectives, but have the courage to make your own decisions.

Direct download: Ep_087_Jordan_Skole_Final.mp3
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Ever wonder why PureReinvention spends so much time in Detroit? We've spent quite a bit of time over the last two years interviewing movers and shakers from many different communities in Detroit. Detroit is the learning laboratory and shows us all the fundamentals of PureReinvention every day. Listen to Mike and Jodi talk about what Detroit means to the PureReinvention project.

QUOTE IT


“Study it [Detroit] from other people’s perspectives in the city.” (9:15)
“Openly share the bumps and bruises that they got along the way.” (9:35)
“Detroit could be the spark for others to be inspired by reinvention.” (9:49)

DIG IN

(3:21) How Detroit embodies the five steps of PureReinvention?
(11:49) The value of the PureReinvention experience.


TIP OF THE WEEK:

Take a trip to Detroit and experience first hand reinvention in action.

Direct download: 086_Short_Why_Detroit_Final.mp3
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All of us have some kind of passion in us though most have that passion held back by fear. This week's guest, Karlene Belyea has many hats. She's the CEO of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, a motivational speaker, a consultant, and a singer in a band. Karlene looks for the passion inside people and helps to bring it out.

 

QUOTE IT

"I have this fire within me that wants to burn brightly and get out . . . I am going to stir things up . . . and do some new things." (6:29) 

"All great changes are preceded by chaos." (9:53)

"We aren’t responsible for our first thought but we are responsible for the second thought and what comes out of our mouth." (12:36) 

DIG IN

(3:39) Where reinvention starts.
(6:55) How to follow your passion and get out of your comfort zone.
(11:15) Chaos is a step into creating movement.
(12:42) Use power lead to spin negativity.

TIP OF THE WEEK:

Use a "power lead" to address negativity in the workplace. Set the tone in your conversations by making positive statements to begin the conversation.

Direct download: Karlene_Belyea_Final.mp3
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Social media has changed the game in connecting to audiences and giving individuals and organizations great opportunities to tell their stories. This offers unique opportunities for those who have a system in place to utilize these assets. John Stocki is the owner of the Stocki Exchange, a company dedicated to helping hospitality businesses with their branding and messaging. In this episode, John shares with us his tactics on using social media to test new ideas and tell his clients’ stories.

Sponsored By:
HRM Services

QUOTE IT


“It is less about the what … sell experiences” (6:26)

“All the information you get through digital channels is in black and white and give a sense of trackability” (13:10)

“You have to be able to respond quickly and consistently with smaller bits of content” (14:10)

DIG IN

(4:55) Identify your unique offering.
(14:16) What influences disruptive nature.
(9:40) The role of failure in the reinvention process.

Tip of the week:

Use your social media channels to test new ideas. The response to these posts will provide invaluable insights to your customers’ needs and wants.

Direct download: John_Stocki_Final.mp3
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Many organizations have been rethinking the annual report and using these traditionally mundane reports as an opportunity to tell their stories. Robin Miner-Swartz has led the charge on this and has helped non-profits and her clients to take full advantage of these valuable opportunities to explain the why.

Quote It


[10:58] “If you can be a utility player in your office, you are a really valuable person.”
[14:56] “How would you explain to your mom what you do?”
[15:31] “In reinvention we have to understand what our story is.”
[16:14] “Start with why”
Dig in


[4:40] Response to disruption and strategy to navigate your career journey
[1416] How to tell your unique story

Tip of the week

Take your annual report and other traditionally mundane documents and use it to tell your story. These reports are valuable opportunities to convey the why to your customers and stakeholders.

Direct download: 083_Robin_Miner-Swartz_Final.mp3
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Many of us have gone through the strategic planning process only to have a large document that sits on the shelf to collect dust. The PureReinvention method of strategic planning places an emphasis on simplify. Listen to Mike and Misty as they explain the one page strategic plan and learn how you can effectively implement a living document that you'll be using as a daily guide to keep you on task.

Sponsored by:

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HRM Services

 

QUOTE IT

“A strategic plan needs to be a guide for the executive or for the business to understand where it’s going.” (4:09) 

 

“The person who’s doing the strategic plan is the person who’s going to write the strategic plan.” (7:00)

 

“Where does this fall on my list of priorities?” (9:48)

 

 

DIG IN

  • (4:35) Start with the end in mind
  • (5:09) Identify your owners
  • (7:30) Be realistic
  • (8:42) Prioritize
  • (3:12) Display it and use it as a decision making tool

Tip of the week:

Get the one page strategic plan template on our mobile app and create your own sustainable plan.

 

I WANT MY TRANSCRIPT

 

Resources:

Podcast 023: Dru Mitchell

 

 

Direct download: Short_-_1_Page_Strategic_Plan_Final.mp3
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Even the best projects can fail because of lack of communication. This week's guest, Thomas Woiwode teaches us how to reach out to all stakeholders and adapt to meet their needs.

Thomas Woiwode is the Director of the Greenways Initiative of the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan. The GreenWays Initiative was developed with several years of input from more than 70 organizations and agencies, as well as the encouragement and support of a group of community leaders committed to building greenways. Recent projects include the Dequindre Cut and the Midtown Loop Greenway.

Sponsored by:

MBStrategies

QUOTE IT

 

"I think they started to get the vision and understand exactly what this could do for the community" (12:15)

 

"We knew that we were working on something that was truly unique and we wanted to make sure the public understood that as well"  (13:15)

 

"The public has to own and appreciate the value"(13:45)

 

 

DIG IN

  • (5:30) Nontraditional solutions require us to listen to others. Your initial approach that we know may not be correct. Enjoy and pay attention to what others are saying.
  • (7:40) What does your major asset connect to in your community?
  • (11:15) Sequential thinking helps to put individual steps into a coordinated effort.

 

Tip of the week:

Practice your strategic thinking. Diagram your professional or organizational assets and how are they connected. Keep this diagram as a constant reminder to keep you focused.

(Ex. the Dequindre Cut connects the riverfront to the Eastern Market and thus to the neighborhoods. The Dequindre Cut became the connector, allowing the population access to the riverfront, and its many activities and benefits.)

Direct download: Thomas_Woiwode_Final.mp3
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Do you call your business to know what the customer is experiencing? This week's guest is all about the customer experience. Vaughn Derderian, owner of the Anchor Bar in Detroit discusses customer experience, empowering staff and vendor relationships.

Quote It

1- “When you have a staff that knows what they're supposed be doing - they know their job but when they encounter a situation that's a little bit challenging - that they don't know exactly how to handle, my job is to be there and give them the confidence to know the right answer.”  (2:48)

2 - "We took our menu and trimmed a lot of the the stuff that wasn’t really moving and focused more on providing what I call a salad -burger experience because that’s what we really do.” (12:56)

Dig In
(3:13) A shift in culture creates the opportunity for your next success.
Embrace the technology that exists today.

(4:25) Successful businesses create an authentic vibe. Create a unique
atmosphere and build your community.

(5:42) Are you attracting enough new business every month? Treat every
customer as if they are a friendship you value and your business will grow.

(11:34) Simplify: You cannot be all things to all people. Do you really know
what drives your customers to your business? Be the best at what you really
do well, your customers will notice!

Tip of the Week:
Call your business and understand the customer experience. Is that the kind
of experience you would want to have? Be the absolute best customer for your
business to evaluate the true experience.

Direct download: Vaughn_Derderian_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EST

How much of your time are you willing to devote to exploring new ideas?

In this PureReinvention Short, Mike and Misty answer a listener question about designing a safe space to collaborate and test ideas.

Sponsored by: WillPower Consulting

QUOTE IT
“The most successful companies create space for a laboratory where you can test new ideas.” (1:25)

DIG IN
At 3:04 Mike explains why PureReinvention uses Detroit as its learning laboratory.

If you’re stuck putting out fires and being reactive with no time for space to plan, or think about next steps, listen in at 6:13 for some advice to break the cycle.


TAKEAWAYS
It’s ok to have wrong answers, but don’t be afraid to try new stuff.
Build time into your daily schedule to explore new ideas and rework old ones.
Healthy companies are building products and procedures for the future.
A strong community can help you develop and polish new possibilities.

Direct download: Short_Testing_Ideas_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EST



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