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Businesspeople share best practices at 90 Ideas event

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Personal responsibility and caring for employees were common themes this morning at Springfield Business Journal's annual 90 Ideas in 90 Minutes event.

Nine people selected by SBJ Publisher Jennifer Jackson spoke at Alamo Drafthouse Springfield to highlight some of the best ideas slated to be presented in February through an SBJ Podcasts series.

Snippets from this morning’s event are below.

Paula Adams, president, Penmac Staffing Services Inc.

Idea: Support your team.

“We are very supportive of our staff and have a lot of flexibility.”

Rob Blevins, executive director, Discovery Center of Springfield Inc.

Idea: It’s hard to perform when you don’t feel safe.

“Helping people feel safe is the right thing to do. It’s the intersection of doing good and doing well.”

Tyler Bussell, vice president, Bussell Building Inc.

Idea: Simple scales, fancy fails.

“The more simple you can make your business, typically it’s much easier to scale.”

Tim Clegg, CEO and co-founder, Hurts Donut Co.

Idea: Remove “busy” from your vocabulary.

“Everyone knows you’re busy. Stop saying it. Make time to listen to them.”

Beth Domann, executive director, Springfield Little Theatre

Idea: If you feel like a “goob,” you’re doing it right. If you feel cool, you’re doing it wrong.

“If you do what you love to do, you’re going to be fine."

Shallina Goodnight, administrative director, CoxHealth at Home

Idea: Say the nice part out loud.

“Actively encouraging other people has transformed my life. I believe it has the power to do the same thing for you.”

Bill Hennessey, vice president of mission, Mercy Springfield Communities

Idea: Talk about your mission, a lot.

“Words are important. We all do great things, but that’s our ‘why.’”

Nyla Milleson, director of athletics, Drury University

Idea: Be true to yourself.

“I remain true to myself and my character. At the end of the day, I am who I am."

Lisa Rau, director of publicity and public relations, Silver Dollar City

Idea: New leaders need good trainers.

“I pushed people too hard. I expected too much out of people. I was able to make a change, and with that, I became a better person.”

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