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B2W Radio - The Foundation of Birth2Work, pt 1 - Igniting Community Leadership

B2W Radio - The Foundation of Birth2Work, pt 1 - Igniting Community Leadership

Co-hosts:
Rick Stephens
Elane V. Scott
Featured Guest:
Elane V. Scott

Dear Stakeholder Leaders,

To get you ready for the year ahead, the Birth2Work Team and I felt strongly about airing two programs that really lay out the thinking behind the work that Birth2Work does. These two shows include the roots and definitions of the terminology in our white papers, and discuss the six step process for aligning community sector leaders and citizens around common language, shared values, shared vision, and common measures of success. It is vital that business, media, government, health, community and education leaders come together and align their visions as never before. No one sector has the responsibility, capability or capacity to operate alone within the system of life that impacts us all, daily.

In addition, the new year brings a heightened level of attention that will be needed to achieve success, which is, itself, likely to be redefined in this new economy. This means that leaders at the community level must have a process to share their best thinking around ideas that will support family, community, education, and workforce demands coming together and committing to that process to work together. They wonʼt be separate groups looking for a gatekeeper to manage their transactions and relationships. Rather, they will be more like a diverse body of participants who commit to the community and are absorbed into it out of their choice. They are not managed in their relationships, they create them for themselves.

In this conversation, co-host Rick Stephens and I discuss the perspectives and behaviors that must be in place, culturally, to lead the way in helping stakeholder leaders step up to lead just as one of my favorite leadership examples teaches. Every goose that flies south for the winter is part of a flying formation that requires every goose to take turns flying at the very tip to help make it easier on every other goose to keep up. This whole systems approach to flying south is astonishingly efficient, but demands that every goose take at turn at being the leader.

Elane V. Scott


Produced: 
12/30/08