Entries by Ron Kitchens

(269) Reads July/August

Selecting Great Players

Remember how team captains selected kickball teams during recess? Taking the next player available with the strongest kick might have worked on the playground but not in today’s boardroom. Whether you are looking to identify a new teammate or be on a new team, you will be ready to take on that next interview with this batch of good reads. Bob Beaudein’s The Power of Who has the potential to unleash your dream and the job to go with it. For those who like a good story, Patrick Lencioni never disappoints with his realistic fable of a corporate team in its desperate quest to survive. Grab a copy to uncover how the leadership team at fictional Valley Builders systematically identifies three virtues held by their very best employees to guide their search for candidates that “fit.” If you’re looking to double impact, then StandOut 2.0 and StrengthsFinder 2.0 unveil how to get the most out of talents to multiply the power of both an individual and a team. Already got your team together? Then Sydney Finkelstein’s Superbosses or Ari Weinzweig’s Being a Better Leader lay the groundwork for improving your leadership. Our reads promise a little motivational kick! The rest is up to you.

High Technology and Great People

Scott McIntyre
Director Engineering Project Management & Processes / Site Leader
Bosch Automotive Aftermarket / Automotive Service Solutions
6400 Technology Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Where are you originally from?
My wife, Madeline, and I are natives of Carpinteria, California—a beautiful beach community, very close to Santa Barbara. I had been working with a small private health firm in Santa Barbara for 20 years. It was acquired by Bosch in 2003. My wife and I raised our three daughters in the Santa Barbara area. Finally our youngest got to a point, three years ago, where we said to ourselves, ‘Let’s try something new.’ I volunteered to take a position overseas, if one became available within Bosch. A position was created for me in Germany.

Investing in family culture yields dividends

With the war for talent raging on, employers are continually reminded about the importance of developing and keeping valuable team members. Turnover interrupts productivity, causing quality and service challenges. It’s also expensive. An independent analysis by the W.E. Upjohn Institute has determined in the cost of turnover in Southwest Michigan is approximately $3,500 per lost employee.

Everyone matters as companies continue to grapple with possible solutions for workforce challenges. In their book, Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family, co-authors Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia detail the experience of Chapman himself, Chairman and CEO of the manufacturing technology and services company Barry-Wehmiller.

Ride on! It all started with a Schwinn Typhoon…

Mike Wood
Founder of Team Active
22 Michigan Ave W
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Mike Wood, of Team Active located on Michigan Avenue in downtown Battle Creek, Michigan, first fell in love with bikes growing up in Jackson, Michigan. Even with the many increasingly sophisticated bicycles available to him today, the Schwinn Typhoon Mike got in 1969 still holds a special place in his heart. “It gave me the freedom to go places…to venture outside of my yard, outside of my block. I didn’t need a driver’s license to do it, and I could go places that my parents didn’t even know I went.” That feeling of freedom led him to pursue the dream of doing something he loves for a living.

(269) Reads May/June

Bonnie Jo Campbell, a graduate of Comstock High School and Western Michigan University from which she earned a master’s degree in mathematics, headlines our top picks with Mothers, Tell Your Daughters. Campbell weaves a fictional tale set in our own backyard—Kalamazoo, Michigan—of the intricacies of female relationships in an area populated by country folk, farmers and blue-collar workers. If you’re looking to count your blessings next, why don’t you dive into Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are by Shauna Niequist in which the author genuinely shares her recipes both for your soul and your table throughout its cleverly crafted pages. Then to heat up things up as we head in summer, treat yourself to some tales of secrets both past and present in The Truth According to Us: A Novel by Annie Barrows set in 1930s West Virginia or Deep Blue by Randy Wayne White in present day Sanibel Island, Florida.