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Thought leaders share best practices at 90 Ideas event

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Gratitude for employees and workforce solution tips were among ideas shared this morning by a panel of thought leaders for Springfield Business Journal's annual 90 Ideas in 90 Minutes event.

Around 90 people were in attendance for the event at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Nine people selected by SBJ Publisher Jennifer Jackson spoke for seven minutes apiece to highlight some of the best ideas published in the business journal's Nov. 29 issue.

Snippets from this morning’s event are below, and the full list of the executives’ 90 business ideas is available at this link.

Ryan Grabill, senior director of international disaster services, Convoy of Hope

Idea: Watch for things you've never seen before.

“Life is about watching. It’s about learning. Leadership is the same way.”

Grant Wistrom, field agent, Holt Homes Group-Keller Williams; co-owner, Revival 98; and NFL retiree

Idea: Outwork people every single day.

"There’s joy in pouring into your job."

M. Elise Crain, community volunteer and construction industry retiree

Idea: Focus on the basics.

“Live simply, speak kindly, care deeply and love generously.”

Jhasmine Watson, deputy director, Care to Learn

Idea: Go to therapy.

“It’s been one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. Take care of yourself to make the world a better place."

John Widiger, managing partner, Youngblood Auto Group

Idea: Grow talented people from within.

“Cream rises to the top.”

Betsy Fogle, Missouri state representative

Idea: Love Springfield, and scream it from the (Vantage) rooftops.

“Springfield is a very unique place. We shouldn’t be afraid or be ashamed to love Springfield.”

Ruell Chappell, president, Ruell Chappell Music; member, Ozark Mountain Daredevils; and director, Play it Forward SWMO

Idea: Be honest with yourself.

“Listen to the little voice in your head.”

Anne Williams, president, JobFinders Employment Services Co.

Idea: Be grateful.

“Learn to journal.”

Brandon Welch, president and chief of strategy, Frank & Maven

Idea: Make radical generosity your new normal.

“We make the choice every day to focus on one of two things: how well our people are helping us or how well we are helping our people.”


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