Blog: Michele Hodges

Due to a successful compromise, the Troy Transit Center, plans for which were initially derailed, is back on track for completion in the fall of 2013. Michele Hodges, president of the Troy Chamber of Commerce, discusses why communities should have a AAA mindset and how the transit center was resurrected.

We Solemnly Swear To...

We started the week with a transit related topic, right?  So why not end with it?  The Regional Transit Authority is advancing through the legislative process at this very moment, and a lot is at stake.  I won't suggest what one's disposition should be on the matter, but I will make a plea that we commit to these grounding principles.

1) Accept nothing less than scholarly, informed debate.  

2) Commit to data driven decision making, and source facts from credentialed bodies.

3) Be respectful at all times.

4) Seek common ground.

5) Pursue a mutually beneficial outcome.

6) View the matter through an apolitical lens, and direct the focus on what is best for the Detroit region, and the state of Michigan et al.

7) Ensure advocates and viewpoints originate from a diverse group of stakeholders. 

8) Maintain a AAA mindset.

9) Conduct thorough analysis, but be swift decision makers.  Don't bog the process down.

10) Possess "zero tolerance" for any entity that steps outside of these stated ground rules.

11) Remember, "The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; to be kind, but not weak; to be bold, but not a bully; to be thoughtful, but not lazy; to be humble, but not timid; to be proud, but not arrogant; to have humor, but without folly." Jim Rohn.

12) And, finally, don't ever forget the most important thing of all – our actions today will determine the future, and we must have deep respect for that responsibility.

Given the discussion we've had over the last week, I dare to hope we have strengthened our problem solving abilities, and that a more fertile future awaits.  If we can remember the importance of leveraging controversy, assuming a AAA mindset, and committing to a competitive spirit, we can expect nothing less than remarkable outcomes.  Let's go for it.

Important Resource to Highlight:  The purpose of the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference (May 29-31) is to "Create a globally competitive, financially attractive business environment in Michigan to increase economic development through collaboration, visionary ideas and partnerships with business, government and philanthropy." The conference is a perfect venue for problem solvers and solution identification.