Uniquely You

There are countless gurus, processes, and quick-fix formulas to chase in the quest to grow your business, lead your team, and find personal fulfillment. But the leadership lessons we most need to learn are not out there somewhere--they're in here, in our own lives.

By sharing his own journey of discovering what his life was trying to teach him through both trials and triumphs, Ron Kitchens equips you to mine your own story for the relationships and life lessons that have made you in to the unique individual you are today. He then shows you how to leverage those experiences into a distinctively personal leadership style that is authentic, one-of-a-kind, and effective in building businesses and leading teams.

If you want to embrace your own personal leadership style, create an inclusive culture, clarify your professional goals, and maximize your influence, Uniquely You is the place to start!

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What people are saying about Uniquely You

"I've seen firsthand how Ron has lifted up an entire community of leaders in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I'm really excited that this book gives the rest of the world the opportunity to be as equipped and encouraged as I've been by his work!" --JON ACUFF, New York Times bestselling author of Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done

"Ron Kitchens is an extraordinary leader who inspires our dreams and shows us how to achieve them, and this is book is his gift to everyone who is trying to improve themselves, their communities, and the world. Read to discover and fulfill your full potential." --DENISE LEE YOHN, brand leadership expert and bestselling author of What Great Brands Do and FUSION

"Ron Kitchens makes us want to be better people, live better lives, and lead with more courage. Don't miss the chance to glean from his wisdom!" --MARGARET FEINBERG, author of Taste and See: An Aspiring Foodie's Search for God Among Butchers, Bakers and Fresh Food Makers

"Innovative, impactful, and truly transformational. This book speaks to the power your own story has to transform your life and organization." --JONATHAN MERRITT, author of Learning to Speak God from Scratch and contributing writer for The Atlantic.

"As a CEO, it's really easy to feel alone at the top. Some days it feels like you're playing 'dress up' and hoping that no one notices you're not qualified. But Uniquely You made me feel not alone in that mindset and made me realize that we all have a story and we're all just trying to be the best leader we can." --JESS EKSTROM, founder of Headbands of Hope

"What do you want? To inspire others? To build legacies? To reshape the world around you? Kitchens reminds us that doing the work to understand and articulate the answer to this simple question is a crucial step for every effective leader's journey."

 --ROY SPENCE, cofounder and chairman of GSD&M and cofounder and CEO of The Purpose Institute

Community Capitalism

Community Capitalism is a fascinating book about how Kalamazoo, Michigan has leveraged community resources and spirit to revitalize its economy in the face of the massive forces of globalization. Weaving in compelling stories from around the world, the book outlines a revolutionary new economic development strategy that leaders of all stripes can embrace to re-imagine a better future for their communities and organizations.

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What people are saying about Community Capitalism

"Community Capitalism offers up a disruptive point of view on economic development -- one that has not only reshaped the sense of what's possible for the citizens of one community (Kalamazoo), but also ahs the power to help leaders of all stripes reimagine a better future for their communities and organizations." --POLLY LABARRE, CNN Correspondent and Mavericks at Work co-author

"Kalamazoo has a fantastic one-of-a-kind story! It deserves, no demands, the attention that this book will bring to it. The time is right for Community Capitalism." --ERIC CANADA, Founder of Blane, Canada Ltd.

"Community Capitalism should encourage leaders to resist copy-cat, 'silver bullet' strategies and focus on leveraging community resources and spirit to build a strong foundation for economic development." --KATE MCENROE, Founder of Kate McEnroe Consulting

"When philanthropy and business investment occur together, there's a multiplier effect, and if it is focused and organized, it is Community Capitalism." --BILL JOHNSTON, Chairman of Greenleaf Companies

"Southwest Michigan First in Kalamazoo is the first economic development organization to make the "Fast 50" list and it did so for a simple reason: It's one of the best outfits of its kind." --CHUCK SALTER, Senior Writer at Fast Company