“New Normal” Audio Series

Preparing for the New Normal:
An audio series produced for the
“Smart Business for Tough Times” Initiative of the

Holland Area C of C

This exciting audio series features interviews with four business leaders in the Holland area and will help business professionals look to the future, either to find a new job or perhaps develop a successful new service or product.

Click on the “Listen” buttons below to find out more about re-balancing your life.

Decide –  Listen

Rodger PriceRodger Price, from Reformed Church of America, focuses on ways to decide to deal with any negatives in your current situation and to move from being inactive or reactive to being proactive.




Dream –  Listen

Chuck ReidChuck Reid, from Charter House Innovations and CityFlats Hotels, discusses how to see a way through the negatives of the current situation to imagine or dream a positive future for yourself.

(Chuck was named 2010 Michigan Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.)



De-Clutter – Listen

Ann HartenAnn Harten, from Haworth, Inc., talks about ways to de-clutter by clearing physical, spiritual and emotional spaces so that you can focus and set priorities.




Drill – Listen

Kathleen Ponitz, from Progessive AE, explores ways to drill by finding and renewing your sources of energy.







Becky web pic 2015 Do – Listen

Rebecca Bruns, of Bruns Leadership Consulting, supplements the original podcast series by focusing on ways to begin to do those things that will help you find your way.





Listen to the audio selections. These are important principles – we’re sure you’ll find a helpful boost for whatever you’re working on right now.

This series was conceived and developed as a collaborative effort of three West Michigan business consultants.

Rebecca Bruns of Bruns Leadership Consulting, Kay Hubbard of Watershed Strategies, and Beth Kelly of HRCollaborative joined forces to create the podcast series for the Chamber. “We’ve all been successful using variations of this approach with our individual clients in other parts of the country,” said Hubbard. “We thought this would be a great way to give something back to the West Michigan community.” Additional services were provided by Mark DeRoo of Keystone Coaching and John Erskine of Hope College’s Department of Music.

  • Kay Hubbard specializes in organizational development and human resource system design.  Harvard Business School, Notre Dame, and the authors of 100 Best Companies to Work For in America have featured her work as examples of innovative employee development initiatives.  Kay consults with many organizations, big and small, for profit and non-profit, in a variety of industries and disciplines.  Learn more about Kay at www.watershedstrategies.net.
  • Rebecca Bruns provides organizational and leadership development consulting to a wide array of business clients.  Rebecca’s unique process to help teams create and implement strategic plans is highly regarded by clients for it’s impact and effectiveness at actually changing an organization.  Rebecca has worked with several large and small organizations, as well as with individual executives seeking greater balance and success in their lives.  Learn more about Rebecca at www.brunsconsult.com.
  • Beth Kelly creates human resource systems that attract, retain and motivate top talent for any organization.  Beth’s clients appreciate her approach to letting the business strategy determine the scope and direction of the human resource system.  Beth also shares her knowledge of human resource best practices by teaching undergraduate college courses.  Learn more about Beth at www.info@hrcollaborative.net