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Episode 176 - Chrissy Siders - it started with me

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...


Episode 175 - taking our own advice

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...


Episode 174 - Check In Michigan: a reinvention story

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...


Episode 173 - the four pillars of reinvention readiness

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...


Episode 172 - Erin Patten - Defying all odds

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...


Episode 171 - Dene Westbrook

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...


Episode 170 - reinvention readiness

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: Tip of the Week Desire is the first pillar of reinvention...


Episode 169 - the fundamentals of move

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 Tip of the Week Approach customers and stakeholders with "what...


Episode 168 - Cornette Lane - building a new story

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...


Episode 167 Eric Thomas - using stories to move forward

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 Tip of the Week Effective leaders tap into emotions to move ideas forward.


Episode 166 - motivate to move

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 Tip of the Week Knowing what you want is only part of the equation. It's the courage to...


Episode 165 - the ingredients of move

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 Tip of the Week Passion maximizes new opportunities and minimizes risk of failure.


Episode 164 - Anika Goss-Foster - the think and DO tank

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...


Episode 163 - Sean Mann - being the host, not the life of the party

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...


Episode 162 - brining the leading edge to your people

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 Tip of the Week The best listeners are also keen observers.


Episode 161 Connect: Detroit

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...


Episode 160 - the I-5 case study, part 2

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 Tip of the Week You can't move a plan forward without a focused,...


Episode 159 - the Impression 5 case study, part 1

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 Tip...


Episode 158 - the compuware relocation story

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 Tip of the Week Own your fear.


Episode 157 - Connect: Detroit - Looking at professional development in a new way

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.”...