Great Expectations: Demanding More From the Workforce and Its Leaders
Dear Stakeholder Leaders,
This week we inaugurate Season 2 of Birth2Work Radio! Thank you to all of you who have shared your encouragement, offered challenges, and lent support for this program thus far. The number of listeners to our weekly program has grown by 29% just from your referrals of this newsletter to your friends. That's what engaged stakeholders do! Together we can help broaden the national conversation about our communities and the future workforce of our country.
Co-host Rick Stephens and I will continue to bring you conversations with stakeholder leaders, digging deeper and deeper into the challenges and opportunities in developing the pipelines that supply the workforce for our nation’s future. To launch the new season we break with format a bit in order to bring you two special, previously recorded interviews with early Birth2Work supporters: Ed Rensi, former CEO of the McDonald’s Corporation, and Ian Wigston, founder of Thoughtforge, a UK-based company created to help business clients effectively achieve dramatic, sustainable shifts in performance. My interview with Mr. Rensi and Rick’s interview with Mr. Wigston, are seminal examples of leaders with vast business experiences on a global level, with years behind them at the helm of their respective companies, and fairly recent personal “Uh Oh!” moments when each realized the workforce needed for tomorrow wasn’t being created today. Though physically thousands of miles from each other and unknown to each other personally, through their connections with Birth2Work —reading our White Paper and our book, The System: Igniting the Soul of Commerce —the two are in striking agreement on the necessary action steps for business and communities going forward.
If you haven’t taken the opportunity to read the Birth2Work White Paper, might I suggest you print it and take it with you at lunch today? Please don’t hesitate, ever, to engage with us. Email us at email@example.com and let us know what you think, offer suggestions, and ask questions. Spend 20 minutes with this definitive paper of our organization. It has already traveled around the world in the hands of stakeholder leaders from 3 continents and 11 countries. I promise you will be inspired by the Birth2Work process, introduced in the paper, for helping leaders bring a community together to create capable people for the future. Stay engaged!