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This week ended up being a series of reminders — little phrases or stories — that I could use to think more deeply about my business and my work. I’ll share those. Back to the housing innovation and future of tech, work, etc. Next week. “Future of etc.” is an interesting concept to think more about.

But the first phrase I wanted to highlight that caught my attention was “amplify the good.” In a Zoom call with my colleagues and friends — Brian, Rob and Courtenay — we were talking about how to use Twitter. It’s hard to…


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250 weeks in Detroit. Since it’s a round number, it sorta feels like a milestone. Not sure why, but that’s how we think, I suppose. So, I went back to the first week. “A companion to your coffee” has evolved but in many ways, it’s about ideas, innovation and small ways to improve our decision-making. All still there in this week’s

Observations:

  • Innovation in Detroit and Kansas City. Even then as Legal Counsel, the seeds were evident.
  • “Impact drives results which lead to value.”
  • Little hinges swing big doors.

This week’s YouTube video of the Sunday Cup of Tea:


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This week has been about “thinking differently” when confronted with long-standing challenges such as those in housing and answering well to obstacles and resistance to innovation. Perhaps that’s how I came to pair the quotes that appeared throughout the week with the articles I was considering for this week’s Cup of Joe.

Look for innovation in housing, racial equity in housing and Stoicism in practice.

In an interview with Tim Ferris, the co-founder of Netflix, Marc Randolph said, “There are no good ideas. All ideas are bad ideas.”

No matter how “good” you believe your idea, it’s not…


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Downdown Detroit courtesy of @rawdetroit on IG

This week’s Saturday Cup of Joe is about predictions. The “Big Game” is coming up on Sunday. Super Bowl between the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Are you playing any Super Bowl Squares games? Do you have an office pool? How about betting — sportsbooks are open in a number of states?

This week’s YouTube video is about predictions. Please click here for the video (14 mins):

Whatever way you choose to enjoy the game, including by not watching any of it, still begs the question — why do we love to predict, or attempt to…


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NextBelt — why Upper Midwest cities have earned the chance to tell our story.

In the video you heard me reference the LinkedIn piece on Midwest cities & tech workers. Tech talent is not only sticking around Cleveland, Minneapolis and Pittsburgh but entrepreneurs and tech workers are coming to the #NextBelt as well.

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Source: slowboring.com

1. The first question everyone asks is — can I afford it? Followed quickly by, am I getting a great value? “Buy low,” right?

2. One author, Matt Ygelsias, asks the question a different way — “how much awesome stuff is there?” His blog, Slow…


#246 — Defending Your Life

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This week’s Saturday Cup of Joe is all about friendship, love, loss, grief and approaching challenges in your work or your life…And the special people that help us through.

This week’s video:


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Source: @camera_jesus on Instagram

Week 245 in Detroit.

One of the themes of Saturday Cup of Joe is to try to think differently & challenge assumptions…challenge expectations. I spent some time at an Innovation Summit this week and I wanted to present a couple ways to think differently about our world, our community and our work.

This week’s video:

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and work are commemorated in a federal holiday on Monday. Dr. King forced people to think differently about other people. …


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Source: @rawdetroit on Instagram

As always, thank you for reading and watching. January 9, 2021.

Video has been going well and I want to continue but I’ll try to keep it to 15 mins (we’ll see!)

Today’s comments include my renewal and passion for “Answer well” and what answering well means to me, especially this week.

Here is the link to this week’s Saturday Cup of Joe video:

What am I doing to Answer Well?

You might be thinking — who is Jeremy Potter in Detroit MI to weigh in on this? Fair point. I lack courage at various times throughout…


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Source: @puremichigan on Instagram

Happy New Year! Here’s to a happy, healthy and productive 2021!

Yesterday our family had pork and sauerkraut. Our good luck for the year secured. The meal got us talking about New Year’s Resolutions and traditions. Here’s a link to 27 Various New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day traditions from around the world.

Some you’ve probably heard about — eating 12 grapes at midnight.

Here’s a few I’m just learning about — having the darkest haired person toss water out the front door.

Hope you had your black-eye peas/collard greens or pork & sauerkraut yesterday too.


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Merry Christmas, Detroit! Source: @3andathirdon Instagram

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Jeremy

Thinker, curious leader, once an attorney…always trying to answer well.

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