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Unleashing Creativity in the Workplace


Vol. 11 Issue 3 Summer 2015

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“You’re only as good as the company you keep,” is a quote we make good on by sharing this year’s results of our Power 50— Most Influential Leaders survey.

On the cover Power 50 honoree Walt Worthy, owner and operator of Worthy Enterprises, pictured in the lobby of his newest venture: Grand Hotel Spokane. Photo by Diane Maehl

departments Editor’s letter 6 The BOMB 9 Travel like a pro 10 Business news clips 10

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Big things are happening in Spokane, we can feel it rising. Brian Newberry, executive director of Leadership Spokane, reminds us of the importance of a unified approach as we work to make Spokane the best city it can be . . . for every resident.

Technology has heightened the speed with which companies need to adapt. So companies need to employ innovative employees who have the time and engagement to generate ideas. Here are five tips to boost the innovator fuel by developing a workplace that unleashes the creativity of your team.


Business Newcomer

Barbara Seiler, accompanied by her sons, recently moved to Spokane from Reno, Nevada, now she's the area director of sales and catering for four Davenport Collection Hotels.



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Your Personal PR: When it hits the fan, come clean, STAT “He who never made a mistake never made a discovery.” I posted an article to Facebook last week about the so-called “work-life balance.” It took a different approach to the usual “compartmentalization” method of keeping sectors of your life tidily packaged with lots of comfortable—and controllable—spaces separating them. Work-life balance enforces a strange notion that you are essentially different on the clock than off the clock, which hurts both employers and employees. Who wants



this divided personality? Why not be yourself while doing what’s important—providing for your wellbeing and that of your family? The increased use of technology, which is supposed to offer solutions, can become part of the problem. Handheld devices keep ambitious professionals in the constant loop of business affairs; we are personally branding ourselves in the office by day, networking events by night, and every moment in between via the wonderful world of social media. The old-school notion that there exists a separation of personal and professional endeavors is becoming extinct. The whole of you is your brand. So what happens when a part of you messes up? When an unsavory bit of you has made its way into the light of day? People don’t like to feel deceived, duped or dumb because they trusted you when they shouldn’t have. But here’s the magical thing about humans: they can be a forgiving lot. But they must first be validated. And from the moment that blunder is revealed, truth needs to exist where it hadn’t before. Whether or not you feel as though you intentionally caused harm, you must listen to those crying foul. They are saying your actions have caused them to question their understanding of who you are and what you do . . . and it becomes your job, if you respect yourself and those around you, to address the pain The spectrum of the human “condition” is amazingly broad, and the possibility within each of us—for good and bad—is impressive. Remember that trust is one of the most important factors in building and preserving your reputation. You can take the recent global upheaval over Rachel Dolezal’s personal branding inconsistencies as a lesson here. There was a small window where the magic of truth could have been set free like a flock of birds that had been locked in a cage for years. Integrity does matter: it’s the nectar hungry minds seek out . . . lead with the truth and you’ll be less likely to be eaten by the masses, even when your truth must follow your deception.

Stephanie Regalado

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ica Moon Zip Tours was born out of one of those rare magical moments in life where a decision is made to courageously step out of the familiar and the comfortable and into the thin air of dreams and adventure. Rik and Heidi Stewart had been contemplating the idea of creating a canopy tour on the family property. After struggling through a difficult life-threatening health issue, they decided to take the plunge. Much like a first-time zipliner, Rik and Heidi calculated the risk, took a deep breath of courage and stepped off the edge. Mica Moon provides a professional and unforgettable opportunity for residents and visitors to the Spokane area to experience its natural forest treasures from unique perspectives, and celebrate their associated wonder, freedom and growth by stretching personal perspectives and comfort zones. The Stewarts want their guests to feel that they had a truly amazing time, and in the process, learned as much about themselves as they did the secrets hidden in our backyard wilderness. The tour takes about two and a half hours. It begins with a 15-minute shuttle ride from the reception area at the Liberty Lake Portal to the property halfway up Mica Peak, south of Liberty Lake. From there, guests ride in specially outfitted (side by side) UTV’s on panoramic trails to the top of the property.

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Travel the world

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By Cheryl-Anne Millsap

requent travel leaves you with more than just souvenirs. Business travelers accumulate frequent-flyer miles, luggage of every size and kind, and a lot of those useful little hotel freebies. The good news is that there are ways others can benefit from the things travelers collect. From miles to make-up remover towelettes, organizations around the country are always looking for donations. Here are a few local ways you can make a difference: Wish away your miles If you’ve amassed more miles than you can use for personal or family trips, you can make a difference in another’s life. For families experiencing a medical crisis or an emergency your excess miles can be a lifesaver. Gifted miles also enable organizations like Make-a-Wish to provide travel experiences for critically ill children to make a child’s wish come true. Pack light in another’s life The right gear makes business travel more efficient, but suitcases and carryon bags are often replaced with a lot of use left in them. If you have a stash of usable luggage consider donating those pieces. Many charitable organizations place used luggage with shelter residents and foster children, including Suitcases for Kids, which provides suitcases to foster children in a number of states across the country. Contact Salvation Army in Spokane and Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest for specific local needs. A little goes a long way My guest bathroom has a shelf full of tiny bottles of lotions, shampoos and conditioners I’ve brought home from my travels. They are there for my guests to use and enjoy but I still have bagfuls left at the end of the year. Those travel-sized toiletries are greatly appreciated by men, women and children in need. A number of organizations collect and distribute toiletries; two of my favorites are AAA’s Soap For Hope, which benefits Spokane’s Hope House and Hearth Homes in Spokane Valley, and Project Beauty Share which provides items for YWCA and Catholic Charities shelters and other organizations.



Cheryl-Anne Millsap is a traveling writer based in Spokane. She can be reached at catmillsap@

New Law Office: Luna Legal LLC Long-time Spokane attorney Mari Luna and Gonzaga University graduate, attorney Stephanie Zimmerman are pleased to announce they have joined forces and are now operating as Luna Legal LLC. The firm specializes in all types of mediation services. Both attorneys are certified qualified professional mediators and together have successfully completed more than 1,100 mediations in family law, contract, employment, landlord-tenant, foreclosure, and workplace negotiation. The office is located at 716 East Rockwood Boulevard on Spokane’s South Hill.

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River Linguistics helps local businesses go global River Linguistics, Inc. is excited to announce their membership to Greater Spokane, Inc. and to introduce their company to other area businesses. The Native American woman-owned and operated business will offer language services to other local companies in the Inland Northwest, and will work in conjunction with the International Trade Program to support businesses looking to expand their operations to new markets. River Linguistics provides human, as opposed to machine, translation services for businesses and individuals in more than 80 languages. Translation, transcription, and telephonic interpreting services are offered, as well as an array of multimedia services covering print, video, and digital formats. River Linguistics is headquartered in a HUBZone in downtown Spokane and assists clients both locally and worldwide.

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arbara Seiler, accompanied by her sons, recently moved to Spokane from Reno, Nevada, when she was hired as the area director of sales and catering for four Davenport Collection Hotels.

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Where did you live before? I’m originally from Michigan but I’ve lived in California, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and most recently in Reno, Nevada. I have been in the resort and convention hotel industry for more than 25 years. What was your first impression of Spokane? My first impression of Spokane was very positive. Lovely green hills and lots of outdoor recreation and a rural community feel. The area reminded me of the Midwest where I was born. What do you feel you offer to the community of Spokane? I bring years of experience in the resort and convention hotel industries. I have opened seven hotel properties in varying parts of the world and I think Spokane is an undiscovered gem that has so much to offer.

In what ways do you look forward to putting down roots? I have two sons—14 and 16—and I am looking forward to bringing them up in their formative years here in Spokane’s outdoor, arts, ecological and “hometown” environment. Real Estate: At the moment, I am renting in the South Hill area and I will eventually look for something more permanent once I have integrated myself and my sons into our new life here. Real estate is very reasonable in Spokane! How would you like to introduce yourself to Spokane? I am thrilled to become a part of the community of Spokane and to be able to do my part to bring the Davenport Hotel Collection to the minds of group and individual travelers from all over the world. I feel very fortunate and I look forward to making this my home for a long time to come.

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UNIFY “Where there is unity there is always victory.” –Abraham Lincoln

By Brian Newberry

In this Catalyst issue, we highlight

the community’s Power 50, fifty leaders of influence. I am privileged to know many of these amazing leaders and when talking to them, the most common refrain I hear is “We are on the verge of something big,” hinting at the possibility of another Expo 74-type event. The echoes from this common refrain include the medical school growth and the continued revitalization of the downtown. Regardless, there is a growing belief that Spokane will soon take a major step forward. In the mid-1960s, Spokane had a rustic waterfront and a modest infrastructure, but what it lacked in organic capability, it made up for with leadership and heart. Local business leader King Cole had a vision to unify Spokane and host a World’s Fair that would be the first of its type to focus on the environment, long before Earth Day became a popular calling. Cole and his fellow leaders put Spokane on the world map because they unified a region behind a dream that would have stayed a dream



had not unity prevailed. Today challenges abound but the Inland Northwest paradoxically is in a unique position in that its insular nature allows its success to rest largely on its leaders to forge the way ahead. To replicate the large step forward, current local leaders will need to raise the bar. One leader who was always ahead in his ability to dig deep was President Lincoln. On March 26, 1865, 150 year ago, President Lincoln convened a historic meeting in Port City, Virginia, to meet with General Ulysses Grant to not talk about the war but rather to talk national unity, post war. Completely by coincidence, General Sherman, in charge of southern campaign, was also in the city and received the invitation as did Admiral Porter. The historic meeting was captured in a famous painting by Chicago artist George P.A. Healy entitled “The Peacemakers.” While the war was in hand, it was not over. General Lee was still in control of his Army of Northern Virginia. Despite this, Lincoln focused on policies for after the war. His overriding drive was devising policies that would make the Union whole. Lincoln clearly was a unifier; he was a

healer. As one of our greatest presidents and leaders, he will be remembered most as a leader who always sought unity: “A house divided will not stand.� Tragically, a month later, President Lincoln was assassinated and his dreams of unity would evaporate when less skilled and less gracious Union leaders would ascend. Reconstruction would fall victim to men from the North who descended on the South for economic advantage and were labeled carpetbaggers. Misgivings, grievances, and racial disharmony persisted because leaders were not up to the task of unifying. I suggest the biggest renaissance for Spokane will be when our leaders find common ground to unify this community around some of the divisive issues that ground us. We will certainly never agree on everything, but leaders should look to core common principles that can rally us. The overwhelming approval of the park bond last year and the more recent approval of many of the school bonds and levies are examples of rallying points that may precipitate the next large step forward. Leaders today succeed when they deliver hope, vision and exhibit conviction. If alone, one can travel fast. If together, we can certainly go far. President Lincoln understood that best. Total victory does come from unity and peace.

Brian Newberry is the executive director of Leadership Spokane. Previously Colonel Brian M. Newberry was the Commander of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing at Fairchild Air Force Base.

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By Stephanie Regalado


ue to the hard work of dedicated business professionals, local government officials, and residents, Spokane is becoming all sorts of exciting. Residents have hope for our fine city and we are putting that hope into action: we are putting our power, our time, and our money where the hope is. At this point, most of us have developed the philosophy that the naysayers can find their greener pastures elsewhere—we officially set them free to explore other places, while the rest of us can be champions for the place we live, work and play in. We understand that if we want a city we can be proud of, then we need to get to work making it a city we can be proud of. The Power 50 feature is a glimpse into some of those forces creating change and keeping Spokane pointed in a direction of growth. We turned to our readers for their input as to who the most powerful and influential professionals in the Inland Northwest are, and out of more than 500 nominations, here are your Power 50—Most Influential Leaders, with a bonus list of 10 current and past elected officials who continue to be forces of greatness in our community.

Scott Morris


Chairman, President and CEO, Avista Corp.

Walt Worthy


Stacey Cowles

Publisher, The Spokesman-Review

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Walt Worthy, along with his wife Karen, owns a development, construction and property management company, Worthy Enterprises LLC, and a hotel company, Worthy Hotels Inc. Walt is originally from Georgia and was transferred to the Spokane area while in the military. He was a survival instructor at Fairchild Air Force Base prior to developing his own businesses. His local business investments began in the early 1970s and his most current project is the recently opened Grand Hotel Spokane.


Elaine Couture

William Stacey Cowles represents the fourth generation of his family to oversee The Spokesman-Review, the 125-year-old daily newspaper in Spokane.


Jim Frank

Regional Chief Executive, Providence Health Care Eastern Washington

Principal and CEO, Greenstone Corporation

Elaine Couture has been in health care since 1977, first as a bedside nurse and then as director of an occupational health and wellness program. She held her first administrative position at Providence St. Mary’s Medical Center in Walla Walla, serving 15 years in advancing leadership roles including chief nursing officer, then accepted a role as vice president at Providence Sacred Heart in 2002. She advanced to chief operating officer, then chief executive for Sacred Heart and Holy Family hospitals. In 2013, she took the reins as Regional Chief Executive of Providence Health Care Eastern Washington.

Jim Frank grew up in Coeur d’Alene and received an engineering degree and then a law degree, both from Gonzaga University. He practiced environmental and natural resource law for ten years, and then founded Greenstone in 1983, applying his passion for economic and environmental sustainability to the development of planned communities in our region. He has more than 30 years of experience in land entitlement and management in the real estate development and construction industry.

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Scott Morris is a Spokane native, graduating from Shadle Park High School and Gonzaga University. He’s been with Avista 34 years. In addition to his leadership of the regional energy company, Scott has served on a wide variety of national, state and community boards, including Edison Electric Institute, Washington Economic Development Commission, GSI and Spokane County United Way.



President & CEO (Owner), Worthy Enterprises LLC


Jack Heath


President and COO, Washington Trust Bank


Jerry Dicker

Owner of GVD Commercial Properties, Inc.


Betsy Cowles

Chairman, Cowles Company

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Jack Heath is active in the community, currently serving on the board of Greater Spokane Incorporated, the Executive Board of Inland Northwest Council Boy Scouts of America, Gonzaga University Board of Regents, Pacific Coast Banking School Board, and PREMERA Board of Directors. Jack is past chairman of the Washington Bankers Association and continues to serve on the Board of Directors as well as serving as an Emeriti Board Member of the Gonzaga Forum Board and the Mobius Science Center Board. He is active in the Spokane County United Way.


Harlan D. Douglass President, Harlan D. Douglass, Inc.

Originally from the Bronx in New York City, Jerry Dicker later moved to California, where he graduated from the University of California in Los Angeles and became involved in real estate. Projects followed in California, New Mexico, and Texas. In the Inland Northwest, his empire has grown: he owns the Hotel Ruby, The Bing, the Burgans block on Division Street (now the Ruby Suites), historic homes such as the ComstockShadle House and the Moen House (where GVD Commercial Properties keeps its Spokane offices), the Dance Center of Spokane and the property of the Red Lion Hotel on Division Street.


Michael Patmas, CEO Rockwood Clinic


The Cowles Company is a diversified familyowned company. Betsy Cowles oversees the real estate, broadcast and insurance divisions, including television stations in Washington and Montana and retail development River Park Square. She is past chair of Greater Spokane Incorporated and the WSU Board of Regents and on the Board of Directors for Laird Norton Company, Independent Colleges of Washington and the Washington Roundtable.


Scott Endres

Vice President, Flat Rolled Products

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Harlan D. Douglass, Inc. is a private building and real estate investment company. Harlan Douglass has been a director of Inland Northwest Bank since 1989. He has also been a director of Northwest Bancorporation Inc. since 1992. His primary business activities consist of the management of a diversified real estate business, including multifamily and commercial projects. He served as director of Eagle Hardware and Garden; The Bank of Spokane; Spider Corporation; and First American Title of Spokane.

Dr. Michael Patmas obtained his medical degree at the University of Nevada and a Master’s Degree in Management from the University of Southern California. He is a Certified Physician Executive and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He and his wife, Karen, have seven children.

Scott Endres formerly served as plant manager at Kaiser’s Trentwood facility in Spokane. Scott joined Kaiser in 1997 and has held numerous key management positions in maintenance and engineering and served as project manager for the Trentwood facility’s heat treat plate capacity expansion project. He has more than 20 years of experience in the aluminum industry. Scott holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. summer 2015


Peter F. Stanton


Mark Few


Chairman and CEO, Washington Trust Bank

Head Couch, Gonzaga University Men’s Basketball

Peter Stanton was named president in 1990, becoming the fourth-generation head of the oldest and largest privately owned commercial bank in the Northwest. Peter serves as chairman of the board for W.T.B. Financial Corporation, and is a board member for Inland Northwest Council, Boy Scouts of America and serves on the Washington Roundtable. Peter is also the chairman of the Advisory Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Spokane County and serves on the Board of Trustees of Gonzaga University.

Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few has established himself as one of the most successful coaches in NCAA Division I basketball annals in his 16 seasons at the helm, and in the process has made Bulldog basketball a household name across the country. The Bulldogs made a 17th straight trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2015. With 25 years on the Gonzaga bench, Mark is the longest tenured men’s basketball coach in Bulldog history.

Marty Dickinson

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Owner, Spokane Indians and Spokane Chiefs

Harry G. Sladich


Executive Vice President,

Marty Dickinson came to then-Sterling Bank in 2011 after spending six years as president of the Downtown Spokane Partnership, where she led a comprehensive downtown marketing and revitalization program. Prior to that, she was vice president of both the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Spokane Area Economic Development Council. She graduated from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing, communications.

Ray Sprinkle


President CEO, URM Stores Inc.

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Bobby Brett played baseball with the Kansas City Royals in June 1972. He later became a high school teacher and a varsity baseball coach at Inglewood High School in the 1974-1975 school year. Bobby began working in the real estate investment business in 1975. In 1985, he joined with brothers George, Ken and J.B. in purchasing the Spokane Indians. The brothers bought the Spokane Chiefs major junior hockey team in 1990, at which time Bobby moved to Spokane to oversee the sports investments.



Hotel Operations & Sales RLHC (Red Lion Hotels Corporation)

Harry Sladich leads company-wide sales initiatives in national and international markets, in addition to hotel operations for nearly 1,600 employees at more than 130 hotels under five brands. He serves on two prominent national industry boards, including the U.S. Travel Association and Destination and Travel Foundation Board of Trustees.

Ray Sprinkle joined the company in 2003 and became the CEO in 2013. URM is the seventh largest privately held company in the state of Washington, employing more than 2,900 employees. URM Stores has been serving the Independent Grocer since 1921 in the four state area of Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Montana. URM owns Rosauers Supermarkets and Peirone Produce in Spokane.

Ron Wells


Owner, Wells and Company


R. Ronald Wells is a licensed architect, general contractor, and realtor. He is also a real estate developer, who owns and operates Wells and Company. Ron began purchasing, renovating, operating, and managing historic buildings in 1979. Since then, he has been responsible for 43 certified historic rehabilitation projects, qualified for various tax incentives. Wells and Company owns and manages, with several other investors, numerous properties in and near downtowns of Spokane, Moscow and Lewiston, Idaho.


Dave R. Black

CEO, Principal of Black Realty, Inc.


Dave Black started his real estate career in 1981 and became CEO in 1984. He holds an undergraduate degree from Washington State University and a Masters of Business Administration degree in Real Estate and Construction Management from the University of Denver.

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Tom Johnson



Marshall Farnell


Kevin J. Twohig, CFE

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President & CEO, Spokane Teacher’s Credit Union

Tom Johnson had been associated with the credit union since 1994, when he joined their volunteer board of directors. He became part of the management team, as vice president of administration, in 2006. He was involved in every major decision for 17 years before becoming president and CEO of the largest credit union in the Inland Northwest. STCU serves 138,000 members in Eastern Washington and North Idaho, and has more than two billion dollars in total assets.


Dick Vandervert

President & Owner, Vandervert Developments

CEO, Spokane County

After more than 40 years as a senior executive at Spokane County, Marshall Farnell plans to retire later this year. Spokane County government serves 485,000 citizens and 14 municipal jurisdictions, making it the fourth-largest county in the State of Washington. Farnell has been praised for his leadership by all who have come to know him and is leaving quite a legacy, although he will certainly be missed. We wish him all the best in all that is to come in his life.


G. Straub, Jr.

Police Chief, City of Spokane

CEO, Spokane Public Facilites District

Kevin J. Twohig is a Gonzaga University grad who has worked in Spokane ever since his graduation. He owned and operated a touring concert production company that provided services for Expo ‘74, the World’s Fair. In 1975, he accepted a position with the City of Spokane at the Spokane Opera House. He has been operating public assembly facilities in Spokane ever since.

Steve Stevens


CEO, Greater Spokane Incorporated

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Vandervert Developments began as a general contracting firm and was founded by Dick Vandervert in Spokane, in 1975. Initially focusing on local retail and hospitality projects, Vandervert Construction soon developed a reputation for superior workmanship, outstanding project management, and the ability to adhere to budgets and deadlines.



Frank G. Straub came to Spokane to serve as Police Chief in the fall of 2012 with decades of experience in law enforcement, working in both regional and national public safety. He previously served as the Public Safety Director for the City of Indianapolis, where he led 3,200 sworn and civilian personnel assigned to the Department for Public Safety’s police, fire, homeland security, animal care and control, communications and EMS divisions.

Greater Spokane Incorporated executive Steve Stevens aims to bolster economic development. He says one of the things he’s observed in his first few weeks on the job is the strength of the education sector here. Steve was formerly the president and CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce in Fort Mitchell, Ky., part of the metropolitan area of Cincinnati, Ohio.



General Manager, Northern Quest Resort & Casino



Co-founder and Chairman, etailz



Traveler, Advisor, “Fixer” Caputo Strategic Consulting


S. McGregor, Jr.

Publisher, The Inlander


K. Redinger

Spokane Public Schools Superintendent



Executive Director Leadership Spokane



President & CEO Kiemle & Hagood Company


D. Currin

Principal, Witherspoon • Kelley



CEO, NAC Architecture

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CEO, Rosauers



General Manager/Operations, Triumph Group, Inc.



Chairman/CEO Zak Designs





President & CEO, Baker Construction & Development, Inc.



Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund



President/CEO Inland Northwest Community Foundation


T. Ruff

President, Coffman Engineers



CEO, Lydig Construction



President/Owner, Wendle Ford Nissan Infiniti



Owner, Saranac Building LLC



President, Fatbeam



GM, Larry H Miller Toyota



M. McCulloh

President, Gonzaga University


Publisher, Journal of Business



Chair, MossAdams, LLP

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Mayor, City of Spokane



State Representative; Owner, Dutch Bros Coffee



BarryWe are so proud of you! You have been a tremendous asset to our company, community, and families for nearly 40 years. Thank you for all you do and congratulations on being recognized for the rock star that you truly are. We love you. -Reed, George and your entire Baker Construction Family

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Five Tips to Unleashing Creativity By Neill Wallace


smart phones, and the internet have made our work habits vastly different from less than a generation ago. Perhaps more importantly, technology has heightened the speed which companies need to constantly adapt current strategy. As a result companies need to have innovative employees who have the time and engagement to generate ideas. Despite the changes, the working environment and long held management beliefs have stayed mostly the same. And it is the staid working environment and twentieth century beliefs that are keeping a lid on unleashing company creativity. Luckily there are some easy things that can be done to unleash creativity and make teams more dynamic.

1. Diversify your strategy team I think it is the third commandment of leadership that states: “Only direct reports should make up your management team.” It is a commandment that many leaders stick to religiously. Yet it honestly doesn’t make a great deal of sense. Not every person who directly reports to you will be a creative genius. That does not mean they don’t have good things to offer. It just means that coming up with innovative ideas probably just isn’t one of them. But I guarantee you that there are people among your team who



are idea machines. So look beyond your current inner circle, find the talent, and have them join your management team. 2. Create an Idea Space My last great idea came while waiting in the dentist’s office, said no one ever. And it is pretty understandable why. The blandness of a waiting room is hardly inspiring. Yet most company meeting rooms shockingly resemble a dentist’s waiting room (copies of old People magazines excluded). So create a space with a bit more of a creative energy inducing style. Caffeine generally amps people so put in a coffee machine. Install a white board so people can jot

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down ideas. Get rid of the desk chairs and put in a comfortable sofa. Change the lighting, and call the room what it is: an idea space.


3. Allow people time to think Spending the money to create an idea space won’t mean much if your people don’t actually have the time to utilize it. If you follow the “everybody must be busy-busy” school of management then it is quite likely the room will get used more like a drop-in coffee station than an idea space. It is important therefore that scheduling time to use the idea space becomes and remains a priority for you and your team. 4. Nurture the ideas People will never try to generate ideas if they are constantly worried they will be mocked for them. Or worse, they feel like their ideas are always being ignored. So remember, what might seem like a bad idea at the beginning can actually morph into a really good one. Rather than cut off every idea, open it up to a group discussion and see where it might lead. You might end up being very pleasantly surprised. 5. Make strategy a team effort Achieving some stupendous strategic goal might be a career target for you, but if it isn’t for everyone else then you are probably not going to get a lot of creative help and team engagement toward achieving it. So make your vision and goals a team effort. And if you don’t have a vision or goal, you now have the perfect idea space in which to develop and work on one. With your team, naturally. Neill Wallace is a native of Tasmania, Australia who resides in Portland, Oregon. In 2004 Wallace took a position as a sales and marketing associate at a leading medical device company. Within ten years, he was promoted several times before finally leaving in 2013 as the head of global sales and marketing.

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