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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 story. QUOTE...


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...


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 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...


Episode 155 - Dr. Gerry Roston - connecting mutual value

Dr. Gerry Roston brings an impressive resume to TechTown Detroit. He was on the Mars rover team and helped develop technologies which are making self-driving cars possible. He now brings his wealth of knowledge and connections to help TechTown Detroit excel in connecting ideas to the marketplace. Listen this week as we explore the value of connecting ideas to those we serve. QUOTE IT “Go to the marketplace first, try to find what pain your potential customers are having to make sure...


Episode 154 - Lauren Kase - mutual mentorship

Lauren Kase is a San Francisco native that stayed in Detroit after receiving her degree from the University of Michigan. She is the Head of Marketing and Partnerships at Floyd Detroit. Listen this week as we discover what attracts the millennials to Detroit, Floyd's unique positioning in the furniture industry and the importance of mutual mentorship. QUOTE IT “The most sustainable thing is not throwing anything away.” (9:50) “It’s really exciting to have people resonate with the...


Episode 153 - the importance of connect

We kick off the month of December with this month's co-host Lauren Snyder, Marketing and Communications Specialist, American Hort and recent STARTERS graduate. This episode discusses the exciting line up we have in December as well as engaging discussion on how the connect fundamental works in the PureReinvention process. QUOTE IT “The idea of connection transcends so many aspects of success." (2:26) “They (TechTown) connect the right conversations, with the right people at the right...


Episode 152 - connect with inspiration

The holiday season is a time for reflection. Now is the time to think about how we are going to approach the next year. Make some space to think about how you want to continue to move yourself forward. How are you going to approach 2018? We are encouraging you to install some kind of sabbatical in your plans. It doesn't have to be months or weeks. It simply needs to be some kind of installed time to assess where you are and to think about what's next. Install time and think and experience...


Episod 151 - Marlin Williams - the personal sabbatical

Marlin Williams has found her calling in helping to diversify industries. Marlin's path to where she is now is amazing. She started as a mortician, implemented diversity programs for a couple Fortune 500 industries and now lends her talents to TechTown Detroit. She is also the founder of Sisters Code, which is dedicated to exposing women from the ages of 25-85 to the world of coding and technology. Her story is inspiring and we're glad she took the time to share it with us! QUOTE...


Episode 150 - Melissa Butler - the Infliction of arbitrary deadlines

We had so many gems from our talk with Melissa Butler, that we had to make two episodes! The first episode can be heard here. In this episode, Melissa discusses how she started The Lip Bar and her advice to would be entrepreneurs out there. QUOTE IT “If you don’t like your situation, change it.” (6:21) “Don’t rush it … Launch with something that is electric.” (11:58) “Reinvention leaders have to tie whatever they're doing to the bigger story.” (18:49) DIG IN Tip of the Week Don't...


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