Seth Godin asks today about “Open, generous and connected”
Isn’t that what we seek from a co-worker, boss, friend or even a fellow conference attendee?
Open to new ideas, leaning forward, exploring the edges, impatient with the status quo… In a hurry to make something worth making.
Generous when given the opportunity (or restless to find the opportunity when not). Focused on giving people dignity, respect and the chance to speak up. Aware that the single most effective way to move forward is to help others move forward as well.
and connected. Part of the community, not apart from it. Hooked into the realities and dreams of the tribe. Able and interested in not only cheering people on, but shining a light on how they can accomplish their goals.
What if we ask that question of the people we elect?
What new ideas have each of the City Commissioners brought forward? How impatient are they with the status quo? How have they changed our community’s thinking?
Which are generous with giving people an opportunity to speak? (Remember, I was arrested in the City Commission chambers protecting your right to speak and be heard on public access). What platform are they using to communicate? How often do they engage?
Who is connected to the community- and truly understands it? Other than Mayor Leitzell- not a single small business owner, yet, isn’t small business the heartbeat of America? When A.J. Wagner released his plan for education, compare the comments:
Leitzell said Wagner’s ideas look like a 20-year plan that doesn’t address more immediate issues. He also said teens should be taught basic business skills so they can become self-employed as a fall-back option.
Whaley said Wagner’s ideas are straight from the Learn to Earn initiative, and added that she already serves on the executive committee of that group. She pointed out that Wagner has not specified exactly where the money would come from.
Mayor Leitzell adds something new and doable, Whaley adds herself and shoots holes in it.
And, I’ve been saying for 20 years that we need to look at day care and Head Start programs, but I’ve done it in print and online- where all can see and discuss..
When evaluating candidates, ask yourself- who is open, generous and connected (and not just by donations on the last one). Ask what their plan is- and ask others what they could do to make that plan better.