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Episode 172 – Erin Patten – defying all odds

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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 accomplished.” –Lao Tzu (6:33)

DIG IN

  • (2:56) Disrupting one’s economic livelihood and thriving beyond fear.
  • (4:59) Simplify your messaging.
  • (10:04, 11:47) Connecting to the marketplace.

 

Tip of the Week

Flexibility is the third pillar of reinvention readiness. Keep all options open.

 

 

Episode 171 – Dene Westbrook – building on the “ah ha” moments

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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 my stamp on this place and strive for everything I want it to be.” (10:30)

DIG IN

  • (3:02) Knowing when you’re reinvention ready.
  • (4:50) A pivot in your style.
  • (9:01) Building on ah ha moments.
  • (11:43) From a doer to a communicator.

 

Tip of the Week

Curiosity is the second pillar of reinvention readiness. Are you asking questions and not judging answers?

 

 

Episode 170 – reinvention readiness

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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:

  • (2:03) Flexible.
  • (3:27) Curious; lean in.
  • (8:50) Confidence.
  • (9:44) Desire.

 

Tip of the Week

Desire is the first pillar of reinvention readiness. You have to really want to change if you’re going to be successful.

 

 

Episode 169 – the fundamentals of move

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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

 

  • (1:17, 1:30) Back to basics.
  • (2:34) Multidimensional storytelling.
  • (9:03) Be unique and fluid.

 

Tip of the Week

Approach customers and stakeholders with “what do you need?” rather than “this is what I do.”

 

 

Episode 168 – Cornetta Lane – building a new story

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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 storytelling helps heal and the value telling your own story.

 

QUOTE IT

 

“(Storytelling) It was impactful to me.” (12:58)

 

“It didn’t exist so I created it.” (18:18)

DIG IN

 

  • (11:08) Transferring the value of storytelling.
  • (11:40) Storytelling to connect neighborhoods.
  • (12:56) The why.

 

Tip of the Week

Look for what you share in common when communicating. You get much further when you make that connection.