Recap: Change Your Perspective. Change Your Performance.

Aaron Bushell

Aaron Bushell

Aaron Bushell of Equity Bank kicked off our Wednesday morning by reminding Sunrise Scrambler attendees that anything is possible. Oftentimes the only thing standing in our way of accomplishing the “impossible” is us. He said, “The impossible is often merely the untried.” Take for example running a 4-minute mile or space travel – just because something has not previously happened doesn’t mean it never will.

Aaron has provided a wonderful recap of his presentation on his website at Take a few minutes to check it out and then decide what limiting belief it is time for you to overcome.

Check out photos from the Sunrise Scrambler on our Facebook page. Big thanks to this morning’s sponsors: Legacy Bank, Wesley Medical Center and Davis Moore Autogroup.

Register for next month’s Sunrise Scrambler on April 14, when our 10 Small Business Awards finalists will provide a glimpse into their business philosophy and what they believe has contributed to their success.

Bossing, Managing and Leading: is there a difference?

Wichita-native Aaron Bushell dropped some leadership insight at this morning’s Sunrise Scrambler when he presented “Are You a Boss, a Manager, or a Leader?” While many may quickly think, “Is there really a difference in those titles?”, the 150 Scrambler attendees learned there is a difference and were asked to assess where they fall on the spectrum. Here is a quick recap of some of Aaron’s main points.

Bushell presented to a sold-out Sunrise Scrambler crowd at Wesley Medical Center.

Bushell presented to a sold-out Sunrise Scrambler crowd at Wesley Medical Center.


  • This title typically has a negative connotation. Hollywood is filled with depictions of bad bosses.
  • They tend to lead with force.
  • They inspire fear.
  • They take credit for team success.



  • This title has a more positive connotation.
  • These are the people who get things done and make things happen.
  • They lead with authority.
  • They inspire goodwill.
  • They are included in the credit for team success.



  • These are the people who drive and create the vision for an organization.
  • They lead through engagement.
  • They inspire passionate followers.
  • They communicate a vision.
  • They defer credit for success to their team.


In other words? Don’t be a boss. Be a manager or a leader. Leaders set the vision and managers make it happen, and it takes both kinds of people to have a successful organization. As Emily Millspaugh of Susan G. Komen tweeted, “No leader is an island. Find your perfect partner, the yin to your yang. If you’re a doer, find a dreamer, & vice versa.”

See all of the conversation from the event on Twitter using #ChamberICT, and find photos from the event on our Facebook page. Thank you to our wonderful sponsors, Emprise Bank and Wesley Medical Center.

Join us for the next Sunrise Scrambler on Sept. 24, then head down to the 2015 Exposure show floor! This Scrambler sells out every year, so be sure to register in advance because we will not be taking walk ups. Register here!

FAIL Is Not A Four-Letter Word

Aaron Bushell

Aaron Bushell

A recap of the February 2014 Sunrise Scrambler by Aaron Bushell

What do Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Oprah Winfrey, J.K. Rowling, Michael Jordan, and the Wright Brothers have in common? They share another bond besides being prominent in their chosen fields, and that is that they’ve failed many times on their journey to success. They’ve also acknowledged their failures, accepted that their mistakes were part of the learning process, ignored their critics, and learned valuable lessons that eventually led to their achievements.

Our February Sunrise Scrambler speaker has spent time studying how successful people have attained their goals through multiple missteps. Aaron Bushell, a vice president for Bank of the West, entertained Chamber members with anecdotes about the rock-bottom failures that provided some of our favorite heroes with a solid foundation for achievement. Bushell has thought long and hard about the word fail. He’s decided that the letters that make up the word FAIL can be transformed into the keys for dealing with disappointments.

F is for FEAR.  
It’s the body’s first reaction to things not going as planned. See it for what it is:  a natural chemical reaction.

A is for ACCEPT.
Embrace the fall. It means you are going somewhere rather than just standing still. Recognize that many have failed before you.  

I  is for IGNORE.
Those who criticize and laugh at your mistakes should be disregarded as distractions.

L is for LEARN.
Recongize that the lessons learned from failure will accelerate you to the next level.

Aaron shared his own personal story of how he has turned his failures into a successful and rewarding career. He also provided some inspirational quotes.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career.
I’ve lost almost 300 games.
26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed.
I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
— Michael Jordan 

“I’ve not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
–Thomas Edison 

The bottom line is that success can be ours if we free ourselves from the fear of failure. Instead, we should focus on how each disappointment can actually propel us toward accomplishing our goals.

Thanks for the reminder, Aaron.

View photos from the event on our Facebook page.

And thank you to our sponsors for making events like this possible!
Presenting Sponsor – Emprise Bank
Host & Breakfast Sponsor – Museum of World Treasures
Showcase Sponsor – Davis-Moore Automotive, Inc.