October 1, 2019
“If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” - Lilla Watson
Michelle Kinder is well-known in the domains of social-emotional learning and education. She is also an authoritative voice in the discourses of leadership, stress, emotional health, trauma and parenting. Her increasing passion about historical and structural inequities has led her to make an important shift in her career, which we explore in depth in our conversation. Michelle shares how growing up in Guatemala influenced her perspective on social issues and how this grew her capacity to innovate and problem-solve. We hear her view on the destructive “us” and “them” narratives that often accompany outreach efforts and how cultural forces are counterproductive to our ability to be grounded and sensitive as individuals. We discuss the focus of Momentous Institute, her new partnership with the Stagen Leadership Academy, and her collaboration with Rex Miller, with whom she is co-authoring a book on the challenges of educators. Michelle advises that, for us to be most effective in bringing about positive change, we need to do whatever work is needed to be able to regulate our own nervous systems. She speaks frankly on her view about the responsibilities of the corporate and philanthropic worlds in establishing a more equitable society.
September 5, 2019
Culture eats strategy for lunch
- Peter Drucker
NOTE: Show Notes on the Rise Leaders Radio web page
are full of suggestions and resources related to building a thriving culture, staying relevant as your industry changes and keeping the business strong even as the personal partnership changes
Anytime Fitness Bishop Arts is in the 97th percentile of clubs in the Anytime Fitness franchise and quite easily achieved status as a Platinum Club. Several metrics combine for this designation: member retention, financial results, team member retention, and their PLEASE scores, which are based on the club’s alignment with corporate values.
I have a colleague who likes to say, "leaders get the organizations they deserve". Owners Jacqui Bliss and Renee Reed have a lot to be proud of and they are getting exactly what they worked hard for and thus deserve.
The Platinum Club accolade does not surprise me one bit. I’ve been a member of AF BAD
(Anytime Fitness Bishop Arts District) for two years and from the moment I walked in I could feel the culture. And because my experience and their offer continues to improve, I conclude that I was not shown dogs and ponies. It’s an easy place to be; the community is friendly and eager to support your goals. Even with the neighborly atmosphere, the sweat pours, heart rates rise and strength is built.
I always intended that the Rise Leaders Radio podcast include two ways of bringing value: the interview itself and an accompanying article, or blog post that picks up on and extends past the content of the podcast. These Show Notes expand on concepts and provide links to helpful resources.
Here are the big ideas of the podcast:
Elements of their high-performing culture
Staying relevant in the changing world of fitness
How business partners get through hard time by staying focused on the future and leaning on each other’s strengths
The show notes are a separate value piece and I hope you’ll read and comment!
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August 1, 2019
Citizenship is a chance to make a difference in the place where you belong.
Dallas City Council Member Chad West shares his vision, the importance of accessibility, community engagement and creating a sense of place.
First a look behind the curtain. I had the chance to see Chad West in action when our technology broke down and his tech-support partner had to switch out his laptop. A half-hour ticked away, and I was getting antsy about having enough time for a meaningful interview.
This breakdown afforded me the gift of eavesdropping on Chad as he continued to work calmly with his assistant in the background, answering a few questions and ultimately delaying his next meeting so that we had enough time for the interview.
Chad had previously shared with me that he is a stickler about keeping commitments. Integrity is high on his list of virtues. I witnessed him walking his talk while also staying kind and generous with employees. This recollection reassures me that we elected the right person for Oak Cliff and for Dallas.
In this interview we talked about:
- First impressions and accessibility
- Balancing District and City goals
- Neighborhood engagement, communication and building trust
- A Vision for New Urbanization
See expanded Show Notes for Reflections + Resources + Application on this episode's web page.
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July 17, 2019
Good work, done well for the right reasons and with an end in mind, has always been a sign, in most human traditions, of an inner and outer maturity. Its achievement is celebrated as an individual triumph and a gift to our societies.
David Whyte, Crossing the Unknown Sea
David shares his thoughts on meaningful work, spotting talent and the complex topic of gentrification. He riffs on developing real estate by reinvigorating beautiful old buildings and how a community developed an independent spirit.
David Spence is a commercial and residential real estate re-developer here. His specialty is the meticulous re-imagining and re-constructing of beautiful old spaces. If you are familiar with the area, Lucia and Dude, Sweet Chocolate are located in the Bishop Arts Building, his very first project. This is also where the Good Space office is and where we held our interview.
David’s background and credentials include Peace Corp work in Guatemala, an MBA, a law degree and a love (and talent) for fixing up old things. This type of intellectual horsepower, paired with a commitment to community, is not uncommon here in Oak Cliff.
In this interview we talk about:
The integral nature of structure, culture and individual capacities
The complexity of balancing progress and preservation
A productivity tactic David uses to get stuff done
Be sure to check out detailed show notes with links, reflections and resources at the Rise Leaders Radio website episode page.
Thanks for tuning in! I hope to hear from you-
June 26, 2019
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
– Margaret Mead
I begin Season 1 by interviewing Jennifer Touchet. She played a pivotal role in saving a parcel of land that was slated for re-development at the end of the street where I now live. I was not expecting to learn such deep and transferrable lessons from her. I knew by reading the donor names and invocation inscribed in a rock at the entrance of Twelve Hills Nature Center that a significant effort had been undertaken and that someone(s) had been in charge. Jennifer shares wisdom that is useful for anyone, anywhere, leading change.
EASTER EGG ALERT! Stay tuned to the end of this episode to hear my visit to Seedschool, a small school that convenes weekly at Twelve Hills in a converted bus named Matilda. The owner, Jennifer Stuart, is another Oak Cliff Hero. You’ll be delighted by sounds of children learning!
This interview was so full of learning for me! Here's a peek of what you'll hear:
- Jennifer's effective communication style that creates space for multiple perspectives
- The importance of a multi-stakeholder orientation and knowing where the power lies
- The power of a collective vision and keeping aligned to that
- Win does not mean winner-take-all
- Staying open - no permanent enemies and not permanent allies
- The relationship of commitment and experience
I’ve provided tips for effectively leading change, along with links for templates and additional exploration. Check out the website episode page for much, much more detail.
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