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.


“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)


(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.


“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)


(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.


“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)



(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.


“That champion can be you.” (9:36)

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


(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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