Hi Everyone,

Since this is being posted on January 2nd, I decided to combine “Heart of a Leader” and “Making a Difference”  for this weeks blog.

Happy New Year everyone, and here is a great New Year resolution, “Don’t work harder–work smarter”  There seems to be a  misconception that you have to work long hours and harder to be successful, but I have learned over my career in retail, that is not always the case.  At the chamber there are four of us, we are all part-time, and we get a lot done.  Why, because when we are there, we take care of business.  I plan out my day before I even get to work.  When I get up in the morning, I start to think about what I want to accomplish.  When I get to work the first thing I do is write down what I want to complete that day, and I usually get that done.  If you don’t take time out to think, strategize, and prioritize, you will work a whole lot harder, without enjoying the benefits of a job smartly done.

“Go to people” have you ever heard that term, in my retail and non profit career I have always had “go to people,” those people that I could always go to when I needed to get the job done.  They didn’t need any supervision, they just jumped in and completed the job.  When it came time for raises, they were are always at the top of my list, because in most cases their evaluations were outstanding.

The problem though with some leaders, is that they take advantage of “go to people” and instead of rewarding them, they hold them back because they don’t want to lose them.

For me, the greatest reward for a job well done, was seeing our people move on to higher positions.  I am happy to say that the “go to people”  that I had at Walmart have been promoted, and in some cases two and three times, and they are doing a great job.  At the chamber, we had the same thing, those that have left have gone on to better positions!  I am so proud of all of them!

I’m going to close today with some reflective thoughts that I want to share with you as we start a New Year.  We all have the opportunity to make a difference in our life, and our community.  People ask me why I am involved in so many things, and my answer is  this.   I want Bradfordians to be  proud of their community, and I think we are slowly making that happen and we are making a difference!

We have more work to do, and our chamber team  is  committed to giving everything that we have to completing that mission.  Next week we will sat down and plan 2015, and hopefully we will come up with some great ideas that will once again put us on the front page of the Bradford Era.

Yes, I love Bradford, my family, and all the wonderful people in our community, I hope I can count on all of you to step up, and help us to make 2015 a great year!

Let me know if you want to be part of this planning, we need lots of volunteers, and ideas.   Do you want to make a difference?

See you next Friday!

Ron