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Ron Kitchens

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Ron Kitchens - How to stay great and control your commitments

Win At Home First

In this episode, you’ll discover…  The weird way Excel deepens your love inside your marriage (2:29)  The “Noah’s Arc” strategy to tracking your business which helps you grow faster in less time (3:32)  The “Two Chairs” method for praying that makes it easier and more impactful (4:27)  How embarrassing vulnerability unlocks your authenticity and influences more people than you can even fathom (19:35)  Are all your friends virtual? Here’s how going to church changes that (even if you’re not a member of the church) (23:55)  How achieving more success, wealth, and freedom than you’ve ever had robs your marriage, faith, and happiness (29:09)  Why success is the most addictive substance you can get your hands on (and how to prevent it from sabotaging your life) (30:44)  How moving a ladder every day brainwashes you into staying hyper-focused and patient (44:14)  If you’d like to connect with Ron and become friends, you can email him at ron@ronkitchens.com, text him at (269) 217-9831, or visit his website at http://ronkitchens.com/.  Are you crushing it at work but struggling at home? If you want to learn how to win at home, then go to https://CoryMCarlson.com and download your free copy of “10 Ways To Win At Home.” If you're looking for a resource to help you with these times when your work is now in your home, check out my book Win At Home First on Amazon. Forbes Magazine rated it one of 7 books everyone on your team should read.


16 Jun 2021

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Ron Kitchens | Helping Small Business Recover In Michigan

Michigan Business Network

Ron Kitchens, CEcD, Senior Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Southwest Michigan First talk with Jeffrey Mosher on the Michigan Business Beat. Ron covers what return to work looks like in Southwest Michigan, key data points that people should know about how Southwest Michigan, and how Southwest Michigan First is helping to support local small businesses. Ron also shares how the organization is supporting community/place-based initiatives during this time.


19 Sep 2020

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DT #274: Encouragement from Contributing Expert Ron Kitchens

Develop This: Economic and Community Development

In this episode, Dennis continues with his series from contributing experts on the current state of the economy. Few leaders have more insight and encouraging words than Ron Kitchens of Southwest Michigan First. About Ron Kitchens: Ron’s focus is to lift up leaders by accelerating their impact, influence and well-being in career, family and community. Ron is the senior partner and chief executive officer of Southwest Michigan First, an economic consulting firm, which has grown compounded revenue at 20% annually during his 14 years as chief executive officer. In addition, Ron is the co-founder of Consultant Connect and a board member of Gibson Insurance, the past chair of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and a Trustee of Western Michigan University. Ron is the founder of the leadership conferences Engage, Next, ECONOMIX and Catalyst University, which combined have poured into over 60,000 leaders across North America. He previously served on the staff of U.S Senator John Danforth, and he was an elected Alderman at age 21. Ron is author/co-author of three books, including his latest release Uniquely You, as well as the bestseller Community Capitalism. He speaks globally on leadership, creating thriving, engaged, multi-generational teams and entrepreneurial cultures. He blogs and podcasts at www.ronkitchens.com and can be found on Twitter @ronkitchens and on Instagram @ron.kitchens. Ron’s Specialties: Leadership Creating thriving, engaged, multi-generational teams Entrepreneurial cultures Connect with Ron Kitchens Southwest Michigan First RonKitchens.com


17 Apr 2020

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1594 My Strength Is My Story with Ron Kitchens

Create Your Now Archive 6 with Kristianne Wargo

There is no shortage of gurus, processes, and quick-fix formulas. However, through life's trials and triumphs, Ron Kitchens shares leadership lessons to learn by being uniquely you! Ron Kitchens is a husband of 27 years, a father to their beautiful daughter, with the newest addition Finley River of Hoover's Mill, an adorable puppy. Ron is the senior partner and CEO of Southwest Michigan First, an economic consulting firm that has grown compounded revenue at 20 percent annually during his fourteen years as CEO. The organization was recognized by Best and Brightest Companies to Work For and Outside Magazine, the Wall Street Journal as the BEST place to work in America in 2018. In addition, Ron leads Consultant Connect, is the publisher of 269 Magazine, a board member of IMPACT Athletic, the past chair of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and a Trustee of Western Michigan University. Ron founded the leadership conference Catalyst University and co-founded NEXT, an invitation-only leadership symposium of global economic development leaders. He is a speaker, podcaster, and has authored three books with his newest release Uniquely You: Transform Your Organization by Becoming the Leader Only You Can Be. "Be your authentic self. The world pays millions for authenticity, and pays pennies for bad copies.” ~ Ron Kitchens Connect with Ron Kitchens BOOK: Uniquely You Enjoy the multitude of topics discussed including leadership, mandarin oranges, Rachel Hollis, Nehemiah, and the Green Witch plus so much more. Team leadership Rolex watch John Maxwell Jon Acuff Instagram Media Growing Up Poverty The Banana Box Can of Mandarin Oranges Developing Leaders The color orange What's important? Destiny Identity Dyslexia Superpower Seed of Success Rachel Hollis Football The Nehemiah Journey That's not our plan! Nehemiah 6:3 Communications Millennials The Cul-de-sac Olivia Pope of Scandal Raw manifestation of Your Calling Validation Wicked on Broadway The Green Witch I am enough! Impact & Influence Connect with Ron Kitchens BOOK: Uniquely You "You can change your plan, but you need to not let other people change it for you!" ~ Ron Kitchens #MyStrengthIsMyStory #CreateYourNow #RonKitchens Quotes and statements within the interview: "The vast majority of them are under thirty." "Be you! The world has enough copies." "People don't value knock-offs. They don't value fakes." "And in the Ozark Mountains, in the 1970s, tropical fruit, whether it was can or fresh, was something rare and to be saved." "This can of mandarin oranges became a symbol for me that somebody loved me; that somebody cared enough in the world." "What it really has become is a symbol of my responsibility to take the role of those three men and give back to people, who I don't necessarily know, who I don't even necessarily know why they're in their situation, but I'm not called to know why. I'm just called to love them and called to support them on a journey." "And I want you in your career to find something that will remind you in a tangible way of what's important to you." "It's easy for the noise to drag us away from our destiny." "Being dyslexic, I wasn't diagnosed until I couldn't graduate from college." "But what I was embarrassed to tell people about, I now know is my superpower!" "Everyone has a unique seed of success in them." "And that's what I want for everybody is just to be happy and don't spend your life trying to be a bad fake of somebody else. Embrace who you are!" "It took me eight years of working part-time and going to college." "Cause I grew up knowing, the people who had what I wanted all had one thing in common. Their family had jobs." "This ladder is to remind me no matter how flattering, you have to stay up on the ladder." "I believe that the millennial generation has the ability to be the greatest generation that's ever been on the face of the earth." "So the one thing, if you want to be a great leader today, is the the ability to unambiguously communicate to this incredible generation to mentor and lift them up." "So as leaders, we've got to first determine: Am I stuck in a cul-de-sac or am I just slowed down on the side resting a little bit?" "What do you want?" "I don't really know why, except I've discovered that I'm the green witch." "And I think for a lot of us out there, it doesn't matter if you came from poverty or prosperity, we all have that voice in our heads that says 'You're not enough!'" What has your story gifted you? Empathy "It's really easy for a lot of people to forget their own journey and lose their sense of empathy." "And if there's a sense I would never want to lose, it's that. Because it helps me understand." "My past has created this sense that 'I love everybody,' and I want them to have as many unbelievable opportunities that I've had." Resources mentioned in the episode: Connect with Ron Kitchens BOOK: Uniquely You Always Forward Leadership Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/ronkitchens Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RKalwaysforward/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ronkitchens/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ron.kitchens/   "One step at a time leads to miles of greatness!" Subscribe to Create Your Now TV on YouTube. Listen to Create Your Now on Spotify and Pandora. Listen to Create Your Now on iHeart Radio. Click here. 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26 Mar 2020

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Encore Episode: 12 Axioms for Economic Development Groups with Ron Kitchens

Develop This: Economic and Community Development

Your favorite podcasters are celebrating with their families this week, so please enjoy this encore episode. Axioms are statements which are regarded as being established, accepted, or self-evidently true. Ron Kitchens with Southwest Michigan First is back to share 12 axioms his organization has adopted and is graciously willing to share them with you. In this episode, Dennis goes through each of them in this inspiring episode. For More on Ron Kitchens


23 Dec 2019

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Ron Kitchens: On Leadership and Overcoming Adversity

The Chris Craft Show

Ron Kitchens, CEO of the economic consulting firm Southwest Michigan First, joins us for episode 34 of The Chris Craft Show. He and Chris talk about his personal story and journey into helping organizations grow jobs. He has spent the last 30+ years helping companies grow and spurring economic development. Additionally, Kitchens explains the mission of Southwest Michigan First and his inspiration behind his new book Uniquely You (affiliate link). Do you want to launch a podcast like this one? Learn how to start a podcast today. More about Ron Kitchens Bio: Ron Kitchens is a husband, father, and CEO of Southwest Michigan First, an economic consulting firm, which includes Consultant Connect and the Southwest Michigan First Life Science Fund. Ron is also the author of Uniquely You (affiliate link)., an insightful book that helps leaders embrace leading in their unique, God-given way. Email the show with questions, comments, ideas and prayer requests at love@chriscraftshow.com. Leave us a voicemail at 855.932.7263. Please indicate if you want your email or voicemail read or played during the show. If you like the show, please subscribe, review and give a 5-star rating on iTunes. The post Ron Kitchens: On Leadership and Overcoming Adversity appeared first on The Chris Craft Show Podcast.


30 Oct 2019

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Uniquely You Discovering the Authentic Version of You | Ron Kitchens

Eternal Leadership

Ron’s journey in becoming the person that he is today took a lot of tons of struggles and difficulties. Since childhood, losing his father at the age of four and going through a lot of experiences in trying to surpass fears and anxiety, he managed to be a successful individual. His life is a manifestation of hard-earned success through the discovery of his unique self. Let us get to learn from his sharing through today’s podcast.  Ron Kitchens #279


5 Aug 2019

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CNLP 273: Ron Kitchens on What It Takes To Become One of the Best Workplaces in America, How To Sustain Economic Growth Through Great People, and How Growing Up Poor Shaped His Leadership for the Better

The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast: Lead Like Never Before

Ron Kitchens grew up so poor that his childhood memories include moving every time his mom couldn’t pay the rent and rummaging through Goodwill bins to find clothes to wear to school. Today he is...Read the whole entry... »

1hr 31mins

25 Jun 2019

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CNLP 273 | Ron Kitchens on What It Takes to Become One of the Best Workplaces in America, How to Sustain Economic Growth Through Great People, and How Growing Up Poor Shaped His Leadership for the Better

The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast

The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast is a podcast all about leadership, change and personal growth. The goal? To help you lead like never before—in your church or in your business.

1hr 31mins

25 Jun 2019

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Owning Your Unique with Ron Kitchens

Guys Like Us

The Guys Like Us is joined with Ron Kitchens who is the senior partner and CEO of Southwest Michigan First, founder of Catalyst University leadership conference, and author of numerous books. In this episode, Ron speaks on his latest book, “Uniquely You.” We discuss his background and how he was able to work through adversity with his dyslexia to become the leader, entrepreneur, and mentor he is today. He sees it as a gift, and not something negative! We have to embrace the things that make us unique, because these are the things that others value. Tune in to hear how he creates a positive work culture, with the” Always Forward” concept engrained in its DNA. Finally, Ron provides wisdom from his years of experience whether you are newly entering the work force or are a seasoned leader. You can find more at ronkitchens.com

7 Jun 2019