Episode 167 – Eric Thomas – using stories to move forward

By on Mar 12, 2018 in Behavior, Collaboration, Connect, Customer Expectations, Detroit, Diversity, Education, Lead by Action, Market Relevance, Networking, Passion, Podcast, Reinvention, Stakeholders | 0 comments

Eric Thomas is a story teller. He’s been one all his life. Now, he uses his unique skills to help is 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....

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Episode 158 – the Compuware relocation story

By on Jan 8, 2018 in Behavior, Change, Collaboration, Connect, Detroit, Disruption, Diversity, Fear, Move, Podcast, Reinvention, Teamwork | 0 comments

    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...

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Episode 151 – Marlin Williams – the personal sabbatical

By on Nov 20, 2017 in Assessment Phase, Behavior, Change, Collaboration, Connect, Creating Space, Detroit, Diversity, Lead by Action, Leadership, Making Space, Passion, Podcast, Reinvention, Vision, Women in Leadership | 0 comments

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...

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Episode 145 – Dr. Tonya Matthews – keeping it real to build a culture

By on Oct 9, 2017 in Board of Directors, Change, Collaboration, Connect, Cultural Momentum, Detroit, Diversity, Lead by Action, Leadership, Networking, Passion, Podcast, Reinvention, Women in Leadership | 0 comments

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...

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Episode 142 – Melissa Butler – buying what you believe

By on Sep 18, 2017 in Change, Connect, Customer Expectations, Detroit, Disruption, Diversity, Growth, Market Relevance, Millennial, Ownership, Passion, Plan, Podcast, Reinvention, Simplify, Women in Leadership | 0 comments

Melissa Butler is a dynamic person. We met her when touring Pony Ride with our spring STARTERS program. She is the founder and CEO of The Lip Bar. She was on Shark Tank and although they didn’t get funded, they got tremendous exposure and Melissa had the ability to take advantage of the added interest in her product. Her marketing shatters all traditional...

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Episode 141 – Mark Denson – the can do attitude

By on Sep 11, 2017 in Adaptive Reuse, Behavior, Change, Collaboration, Connect, Creating Space, Detroit, Disruption, Diversity, Learning Laboratory, Networking, Podcast, Reinvention, Reinvention Process, Simplify, Sustainable | 0 comments

Mark Denson, director of business attraction at the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, gives a unique perspective on Detroit’s current resurgence and its roots in the planning that led to Detroit hosting the Super Bowl in 2006. Listen as Mark shares his observations of the Detroit story from his unique prespective.   QUOTE IT “Our problems were great...

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