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.




“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)



  • (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. 


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

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


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

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.



“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)



  • (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.



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

“I wasn’t afraid to ask.” (15:56)



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

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.



“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)




  • (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.









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