“Let’s be Indianapolis and be awesome at being Indianapolis.” – Denver Hutt
What I learned from the IBJ’s Interview Issue:
Be professional, not serious.
“Take your job seriously, but don’t take yourself seriously.” Scott Newman – Former Prosecutor, Marion County
Failure is okay. In fact, embrace it.
“The idea is to learn from mistakes. How can you learn from mistakes if you focus on the negative?” Sarah Fisher – CEO, Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
“I tend to think that if you’ve never failed, you probably also aren’t pushing yourself that hard. You’re probably not challenging the status quo.” Denver Hutt – Executive Director, The Speak Easy
We are all innovative.
“Americans are innovative. We’re going to create new businesses… The opportunities to latch on to some of this innovation are innumerable.” Richard Lugar – Former US Senator
Talk to people.
“There is still something very, very powerful in the spoken word. It’s still what initiates faith, and sustains faith, and encourages and empowers people.” Jeffrey Johnson – Senior Pastor, Eastern Star Church
Break bread with people.
“Having breakfast or coffee or a beer with that source allows you time to get to know the person a little bit before you get to the serious business.” Matt Tully – Columnist, Indianapolis Star
Be open minded.
“You ought to be able to have an ongoing dialogue with people who have different points of view than you. You ought to be able to sit down and be able to work on matters of practical significance.” Scott Pelath – Minority Leader, Indiana House of Representatives
“There is no possibility of evolution or change if people stay in their own camps and never step outside their boundaries. Change comes from interaction. When people see how our difference are fewer than the things that are same, that’s where change comes.” Michael Feinstein – Artistic Director, Center for the Performing Arts
Seek joy, not happiness.
“Happiness is all external. Joy is what you feel on the inside.” Amp Harris – Owner, Amp Harris Productions
It’s okay to enjoy cheap beer.
“I invented the Schlabst! Milwaukee’s black and tan, Schlitz on the bottom and Pabst on top.” Peter Wilt – President, Indy Eleven
My money saver of choice… High Life! Although I can’t wait to try a Schlabst.
Play is important.
“I look at my team now, and we have managers and executives from all different industries and backgrounds. It’s kickball, so it’s our break from the work week, but those relationships also allow us to talk very candidly about what we’re working on and ways that we can help each other.” Denver Hutt
“God wants us to be concerned about other people. Jesus was always blessing other people and never looking out for himself.” Jeffrey Johnson
“No matter what I’m working on, my mission is to help.” Amp Harris
“My favorite place to go? Anywhere there’s not a phone.” Scott Newman
“Back then, we took tobacco dollars. But now we’re from the school of thought that we’re not going to put a sponsor on something just to make money. From an integrity standpoint, we won’t do it.”
“We have to keep ourselves up to speed on what youth want and what they are interested in. But if we don’t approve of the language, we’re not going to do it.” Tanya Bell – CEO, Indiana Black Expo
“Once you have caffeine in you, all things are possible.” Matt Tully
It’s up to you… to be awesome!
“It’s really up to you to decide what kind of impact you want to have on the city. You have the ability to make an impact here at any age. You have the ability to do something awesome at any age. And you have the opportunity to rally, motivate, excite, educate, collaborate – all across the board.” Denver Hutt