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Sunday, January 24, 2010

How do we lead?

Leadership is the ability to carry a particular vision or desired outcome to a level of execution by a submitted group of people who choose to support that vision with their time, energy, and or resources.

True leadership weather it originates in the church, home, work, or government leans on the fact that someone has a vision or a positive outlook or direction that he or she believes is the best way to go for present and future endeavors.

It means that someone is so inspired that though they are the shortest guy in the room they think and act out what it might be like to be the tallest or maybe it is the person with the most exposure that feels the need to cast a vision upon followers based upon their "experience."

It is the very act of leadership that shapes our future. Today’s leaders are mapping out our history.

In light of the facts of quality leadership, how does a town of just under 60k take the lead in education, technology, industry, business, religion, cultural diversity, development and any other viable component of our community?

We start with exposure to a larger broader vision. We start with the limits of possibilities but we don't stop there. Real vision stretches beyond the conceivable with hopes of landing at a far better place than circumstances and situations say are even possible.

For example, imagine our community having the best school system in the nation. If we were the best school system in the nation what type of programs would our schools offer or what type of education would go on in our homes? Does it cost us more money to look into the top programs now instead of sometime in the future.

I want to go to Harvard GSD. I haven't made it there yet, but I picked up a curriculum and purchased all the materials to keep up with the classes I will be taking. I will be prepared should the opportunity present itself.

What about sustainability? There are communities today run by wind farms/turbines. What if we were those communities? How would we appropriate the money that we saved by conserving energy? What about Mass transit? What if we had thought about incorporating mass transit 25 years ago? What would we be thinking about now?

How do we lead today? We start by exposing ourselves to the impossible things that might enhance our existence and provide us with the community of our dreams. Somewhere along the line we align ourselves with leaders that carry us closer to an attainable reality. A small vision/plan will yield result for the immediate time frame while a large vision/plan will present risk, challenges, and the possibility of lasting change that will put us ahead of the curve.

Leadership comes with vision!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010



Move over Kindle and Nook: there’s a new e-reader in town. The Skiff Reader ($TBA) boasts the largest, most high-resolution display of any consumer e-reader yet, clocking in a 11.5 inches and 1200×1600 resolution. Made using LG’s “Metal Foil” e-Paper technology, it removes the risk of breakage found in other, glass-based screens, and offers full touchscreen capabilities, as well. The device will be sold and supported by Sprint over 3G, and also offers a built-in content store and Wi-Fi

The ergonomic shaped Nova DSLR concept camera features two fold-able extension arms that provide the convenience of holding the camera during shooting, while giving the user the feel of grabbing a PS joystick. The folding handle design not only gives the camera an extraordinary look, but also offers convenient one-handed shots to the adventurous photo-shooters in various rough conditions through having all the controls button right onto the extension handle. Moreover, unlike the traditional DSLR cameras, the off-center weight balancing of this camera has been envisioned in a better and more efficient way to ensure maximum shooting performance.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Value and Need for Association

Sometimes it is not what you know but who you know that matters.

Some of the largest deals and most successful mergers that have taken place have come as a result of associations. It is the proverbial “contact list” that opens the door of possibilities to unlikely opportunities for creative individuals.

A few years ago I was on a personal campaign to meet a list of people that I deemed “in the know.” These people varied from business men and women to pastors and or community leaders. Each week I contacted someone on my list and scheduled a meeting to introduce myself.

Unknowingly, I was gaining access and association with more and more people even if I didn’t know them directly. Personal contact with nearly anyone I imagined was one or two phone calls away.

After a meeting with former Secretary of State, Pat Miller, where she suggested I read a book by author Malcom Gladwell called The Tipping Point I began to imagine what would happen if businesses and public municipalities engaged in mass association. What if we would intentionally set out to introduce ourselves to every company, group, or organization that we deemed of value from around the world?

Initially, when thinking about jobs/ employment you may look for the top companies in an effort to get them to consider relocation or to employ local people, in contrast when you think as a business owner you may think in terms of serviceability. How can we create companies to service mega companies that already exist?

The first step is identifying the industries that exist. Below is a listing of industries.

Wholesale, Transportation Energy, Storage, Technology and Communications, Services, Retail, Public Services, Education, Recreation, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Food and Agriculture, Finance and Insurance, and Construction and Real Estate

After determining the industries that have the highest profitability and most interest, a short list of the top 10 companies in each industry might be targeted. If I were to think in a sense of branding, marketing, and advertising our community here is an example from one industry that I would try intently to make a formal introduction. Since our community has a history in manufacturing let us start there (strictly for an example).

Candy manufacturing is a $17 billion dollar industry. The largest 50 companies hold less than 40% of the market. The three major segments of the candy manufacturing industry are related to companies that make chocolate, companies that buy pre-made chocolate and companies that make non-chocolate based candies.

A simple introduction of location/ proximity may offer executives a fresh avenue to explore future expansions, mergers, relocation, etc. The goal is to develop a comprehensive list of companies to start the steady task to accomplishing reach and frequency in marketing, advertising and/or simply introducing a ready workforce in a depressed economy. Proper associations now may lead to successful partnerships later.