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.


“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)


(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.


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

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


  • (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.


“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)


(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
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

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.


“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) 


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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