Part 3 of Being a Rural Change Maker

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

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Deuel Area Development, Inc

August 1, 2018


Part 3 in Series of Becoming a Rural Change Maker

The Road to Reinvention


“In this day and age, communities, companies and organizations fail for many reasons, but one of the most common –and easily avoidable—is the failure to reinvent. Those who feel the most secure in the status quo are in fact the most vulnerable.  Many organizations, once great, wither and die as a direct result of their deep entrenchment in the past.  They discover too late that success isn’t about cracking the code once and then enjoying the spoils forever. Instead, it’s a moving target that we have to hit again and again.  The disruption of ongoing innovation eventually topples any organization that fails to keep moving—to reinvent.  It’s your choice.  Proactive reinvention is a route that leads to success in all areas of life if you firmly commit to embracing it. “~~ Josh Linkner from Succcessful Independent Business


Eight Core Principles on the Road to Reinvention

1) Let Go of the Past

2) Encourage Courage

3) Embrace Failure

4) Do the Opposite

5) Imagine the Possibilities

6) Put Yourself out of Business

7) Reject Limits

8) Aim Beyond


Successful communities have a vision. “Shake the future,” don’t just wait for it to happen. Give to your community and county; you’re invited to leave your legacy.


“A paradigm to guide leaders is simply ‘do the right thing’ instead of focusing on ‘doing things right.’ This view of leadership will support you in taking risks and learning from failures along the way.  Leaders come in all shapes, colors, sizes but they share one trait.  They all have a passion for guiding purpose, a dedication to an overarching vision.  Leaders are more than goal-directed, they are vision directed. Visions begin with dreams.  They reveal an image for a future to which to commit.  Here are key qualities of a leader’s vision:

--a vision engages your heart and  your spirit.

--a vision taps into embedded concerns and needs.

--a vision is something worth going for.

--a vision is a little cloudy and grand, that’s why it’s still a vision.

--a vision is a living document that can always be update and expanded.

--a vision provides a starting place from which to get greater and greater.

--a vision asserts what you and your colleagues want to create.

--a vision provides meaning to the work done by you and your colleagues.

--a vision is based in two deep human needs: attaining the highest quality and expressing the most passionate dedication.


As you develop your leadership skills, your challenge will be to find the hidden dream, turn it into a vision, articulate it with care and style, and commit with passion to achieving it.” ~~Pat McGill, Energy to Inspire Motivational Speaker for Chambers and Businesses


You have ideas and visions for your community—call DADi at 874-8038

Category: The Directors Corner