This week I had the opportunity to be the speaker for the Pipestone Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Banquet. It was great!
I absolutely loved being in Pipestone Monday night with a group of awesome business and community leaders who packed the Calumet Inn dining room. As I looked into the audience, I asked everyone to look around the room—we all needed to acknowledge the great age diversity. There were so many young adults and I was so impressed!
It was my goal to “inspire” those in the audience to consider their own local assets—starting with the people themselves. A futurist I heard back in 1989 told all of us in the audience that someday, there would be a phone that would fit in the palm of our hands. That from the back seat of a taxi in Japan, I could connect with my office and conduct business transactions, send documents, and schedule appointments. It would also allow me to talk to my spouse and children face-to-face.
Well, guess what I got this week? A new iPhone-and I can do ALL that, plus more! I held my new phone in the palm of my hand as I shared this story Monday night. The ONLY way I can take advantage of this new phone and all it offers is to CHANGE my thinking in how I use my phone.
CHANGE! We MUST be open to change. And, we must be open to new ideas, new people, and new thinking. Steve Jobs said, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
Are you open to new young leadership in your community? Are you trying to be innovative? Are you willing to put your old ways behind you (like my old phone) and be open to new ideas and thinking?