Thursday, June 6, 2013
‘Secrets to Success’
In recent visits with folks around the city, most want to talk about the election results.
Some have even told me it was a first here – no incumbents re-elected, an entirely new slate of government officials for Holly Springs.
I’ve only lived here 12 years, but quite frankly, I don’t think I’ve seen it happen anywhere I’ve published newspapers in my 27 years in the business.
Much of the talk and the advertising during the campaigning this year focused on unity. Here’s hoping that remains a common theme.
It’s obvious that six people guiding the efforts of a city won’t always agree. There will be differences.
But through the disagreements, others’ opinions can be respected and pulling in the same direction can still take place.
I think the people of Holly Springs want togetherness, communication and progress, and they want their voices to be a big part of the decision-making process. They want to be heard.
And we, the citizens, won’t always get our way either. But we still need to be a part of the team.
The other day, while rummaging through some things in my office that I’ve carried with me over the years, I came across “Seven Secrets for Successful Communities,” published by the Heartland Center for Leadership Development.
It was given to me and was a topic of discussion during one of my three leadership class ventures over the years.
Secret #1 – “The attitude of people in leadership may be the most important quality of those communities that view change as a challenge to their abilities to innovate and survive.”
This first “secret” is likely first for a reason.
I’m reminded of Winston Churchill’s quote – “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”
And this one from Wade Boggs (a former professional baseball player) – “A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.”
All the “secrets” are really self-explanatory.
Secret #2 is - “The community must be willing to take risks, and the public, private, and non-profit sectors have to work together, learning from failures and successes alike.”
Secret #3 is - “In viable communities, people are not waiting for someone else to tell them what to do.”
Secret #4 is - “Communities must focus on what they can control, not on factors outside their control, such as location.”
Secret #5 is - “By working together to write down a plan for development, communities can take hold of their own futures and then carry out their plans with specific blueprints for towns, schools, businesses.”
Secret #6 is - “Communities must be insightful enough to find opportunities where others see threats...to put their competitive advantages forward.”
Secret #7 is - “Communities need to be able to answer the community development equivalent of the key questions in private enterprise (what business are we in?) They need a vision for the future.”
It won’t happen overnight. but with important characteristics like the right attitude, togetherness, risk-taking, planning, a vision and action, we can make Holly Springs better than it is today.
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