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.


“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)


(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.



“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)



  • (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.


“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)


(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.


“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)


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

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.


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


(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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