Wednesday, November 23, 2011
A Call to Collaborative Leadership
When I look at our Chamber members, I see leaders. I see innovation and the will to succeed. I see people who are not waiting for the next generation to make things better. I see the ones we have been waiting for.
With your involvement, we are creating a stronger business community and a more compelling future. I invite you to engage in our beloved community in ways that lift your spirit and honor your convictions. Support initiatives and elected officials that represent your views and values. Be a part of this momentum in an even bigger way.
I hope you will also strengthen our community by supporting each other - local business owners and operators. You employ our family members and our neighbors. You fund our city services, our public schools and our county's programs and initiatives. You purchase supplies from within our community. Our local businesses lift up our community one job, one person and one family at a time. I applaud you.
It is an ideal time to see who is here with us and celebrate. The time of the lone wolf is over. We would do well to gather ourselves to plan and to work together. We would be wise to banish the word "struggle" from our attitude and from our vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a spirited manner and in celebration.
We choose to live and work in our Shining City upon the Hill. We could have chosen many other places, yet, we are drawn to this fascinating and remarkable place. It is our responsibility and our honor to give back to our community and to one another.
We do so while knowing our lives are full. Our calendars are crowded. Yet, we would be wise to come together precisely because our lives are full. We need the refreshment and the revitalization that comes from setting aside other obligations and activities - to be with business community members who share our excitement and our optimism for our shared future.
Consider this a call to lead and a call to collaborate with the Chamber or any other organization that is striving to move our community forward. Be assured, we will work with you in a spirit of mutual respect. We anticipate a quality conversation between purposeful people. We recognize that no one of us is as smart as all of us. We anticipate benefiting from conversations of consequence - courageous conversations.
In summary, now is the time to gather, to converse and to celebrate. Now is the time to make your voice heard. Now is the time to join together to fulfill our community's shared potential. After all, we are the ones we have been waiting for.
posted by David Ross