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Scottsdale Leadership deserving of party

Scottsdale Leadership 25 yearsThank you to the Scottsdale Republic for this great article printed today about the Scottsdale Leadership 25th Anniversary Celebration. Thank you for your support of Scottsdale Leadership and developing community leaders.

The article begins:

Scottsdale Leadership celebrates its 25th anniversary tonight. It’s a milestone worthy of a big party.

Since its founding by Don Ruff, Art DeCabooter, Gary Shapiro and Sam Campana, the group has had one key mission: To nurture passion and understanding for city issues, with the aim of developing leaders through a nine-month program that’s been described as a graduate degree in Scottsdale.

The full article can be viewed here: http://www.azcentral.com/members/Blog/SREditorials/125217

The Scottsdale Republic is a supporting sponsor of tonight’s banquet at the Hyatt Gainey Ranch with keynote speaker Kurt Warner. General Manager Mike Ryan serves on the organization’s advisory board. Opinions Editor Robert Leger is an alumnus.

Thank you to our other sponsors which include two event sponsors Hyatt Gainey Ranch and APS and supporting sponsors  Scottsdale Insurance Company, Nussbaum, Gillis & Dinner, SRP and Scottsdale Republic.

The event will also feature a $25,000 gift to the community from Scottsdale Leadership and the Kurt Warner’s First Things First Foundation.

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Wake Up and See the Airplanes

By ZACK BARNA, Class 24
Owner, Guidelight Marketing

I love my job.  I love building relationships and connecting people.  I also love my community involvement with Scottsdale Leadership and Scottsdale 20-30.  It seems that the adage, ‘the more you give, the more you receive,’ is constantly at work in my life.  My only problem is stopping long enough to come up for air. But ever since the birth of my now year-old daughter, Camryn Grace, I have a newly realized desire to stop and smell the roses – or, in Camryn’s case, notice the airplanes.

Since her birth, the lessons she has taught me are immeasurable, and many of these lessons happen in the simplest moments. For example, she has an incredible ability to hear airplanes overhead. No matter what she’s doing, whether splashing in the pool or romping around with our bulldog, she never misses an airplane flying through the sky.  She’ll be running and laughing and then, all of a sudden, she’ll freeze and shoot a finger high into the sky, showing all of us the airplane she spotted (which none of us adults had noticed).

So now I pose the question: Are you seeing your airplanes? Or is your Blackberry’s incessant buzz drowning out the cues of life’s simplest pleasures? I’m certain that I missed my share of airplanes over the years, but Camryn’s birth renewed my connection to the things that make me happy and fulfilled, and inspired me to compartmentalize the other areas of my life so they don’t interfere with what really matters.

As business owners, my wife and I constantly strive to achieve that elusive work-life balance. To that end, we have created some household practices that help us establish boundaries between our professional and personal lives, even during the craziest of weeks.

  • We have “technology free” family dinners – no TV in the background, no Blackberries on the table.
  • On the nights that we have to do some work, we wait until our daughter has gone to bed so we can be fully present with her during dinner and bedtime
  • We designate “No Work Nights” each week. That means no laptop, no Blackberry, no tweets, no blog updates
  • We relegated our phones to other end of bedroom instead of our nightstands, so they aren’t the last thing we see at night and the first thing we see in the morning
  • Each day, we nurture ourselves with a little dose of nature, even if it’s watering the outdoor plants together. Not only does the fresh air revitalize us, but the airplane-watching is far better outside… 😉

As technology continues to evolve, I think balance will become even more elusive for all of us, and even more important. So, I challenge you to take a moment to stop to identify your ‘airplanes,’ and spend some time each day looking for them.

In a recent article by Russell Helwig in the Scottsdale Republic he explains that taking breaks is important for leaders.

I want to know- what do you do to take a break?

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The Primaries are on August 24: Republicans, Democrats and Independents, it’s Your Turn to Have Your Voice Heard

By MELISSA RZEPPA, Class 23
Partner & PR Director – Serendipit Consulting

My fellow Class 23 classmate, Mike Cassidy, wrote a great blog earlier this week that left everyone with the message of the only wrong vote is the one not cast.

I of course, could not agree more. What’s really important to understand is that your vote doesn’t only matter in the general election, but it matters just as much (if not more) in the primary election, when parties will choose the candidates to represent them in the general elections. On August 24, you will have your chance to go out and vote in the primary election.

A recent article in the Arizona Republic from Bill Hart, a senior policy analyst at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at ASU, stated that most Arizonans “seem oblivious to the primaries.” Typically, only about 25 percent of registered voters turn up to vote.

According to the Hart article, as of June 1, Republicans made up 36 percent of registered voters, Democrats had 33 percent and Independents 31 percent. That means that the number of Independent voters is on the rise and Independent voters have a huge, unrecognized opportunity to really influence the vote.

Yet, Hart points out that typically, primary election voter turnout from Independent voters is significantly lower than both major parties. He believes that this is because most Independent voters simply don’t know that they can vote in the primary election. The fact is: they can. Independents who wish to vote in any Republic or Democratic primaries (excluding only Arizona’s presidential preference-election) can request the appropriate ballot at their place of polling; their status as a registered independent is not affected. In a separate article by Robert Leger in the Scottsdale Republic, Leger states “the primary election is the election that matters. If you skip it and wait until November, someone else has already made the decision for you.”

Harts other reason for Arizona being “oblivious” to the primaries, is that Arizonans are lazy voters. Let’s prove him wrong! We have the opportunity, no matter what party we stand for, to choose the candidates that will be on the ballot for the general election in November.

Mark August 24 on your calendar, see you at the polls!

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Developing vision like a tango, but it takes more than two

By ROBERT LEGER,  Class 21
Opinions editor of the Scottsdale Republic and Phoenix Republic and an assistant editorial page editor of the Arizona Republic.

The first question answered itself:

“Does Scottsdale have a vision for its future?” the audience member asked a panel that had spent nearly an hour discussing vision and how a community develops one.

The city hasn’t been through a formal visioning exercise in nearly two decades. City staffers have sought residents’ thoughts about specific areas, such as the Airpark or downtown, but not for the city as a whole. No one has updated the vision adopted in the early 1990s that, among other things, called for creating a large Sonoran mountain preserve.

Does the city have a map to its future?

“Yes,” replied former City Manager Dick Bowers, who moderated the discussion. “Whether it’s in concert with the views of citizens is a question you have to answer.”

If he was tempted to leave it at that, the temptation didn’t last long.

“Vision is not something that seven people sit in a room and create. It’s not only the loudest voice,” Bowers said. “Vision comes only from conversation with the entire body that will carry it out. In my view, no, there is not a clear vision. It’s up to you to determine what it should be.”

Many in the crowd at the Scottsdale Leadership community forum left ready to do that. Board members said they will bring up the idea of promoting a vision process at their next meeting. Scottsdale Community College President Jan Gehler offered her campus as “neutral ground for difficult conversations.”

Here’s hoping the passions of the morning don’t fade away. Every community needs to regularly re-examine its goals. Scottsdale is due.

To read the rest of Robert’s blog on the Arizona Republic’s website click here.

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20/20 Perfect Vision: It’s Possible!

By SUZANNE PAETZER, Class 24
President- TriAra Consulting, LLC

20/20 Vision: Our Citizen’s Prescription for the Future – Scottsdale Leadership’s annual community forum sponsored by Scottsdale Republic/The Arizona Republic, APS and Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors.

Your vision is a primary sensory source – taking in your surroundings and making key decisions.  Quickly your eyes note the meaning of facial expressions in a conversation.  Colors and textures in nature are discerned. Vast publications of knowledge are absorbed. BlackBerry’s and TV’s send us countless images that influence our lives.

Your vision is not something to take for granted. It creates wholeness in your world and isn’t seeing 20/20 the ultimate goal?

On Thursday, April 29th a distinguished group of community leaders challenged the audience at Scottsdale Leadership’s  7th Annual Community Forum to create a vision for Scottsdale.  Scottsdale hasn’t set sight on defining a citizen-driven vision for more than 20 years. What do our citizens want for the future?

The panel, facilitated by Dick Bowers, former Scottsdale city manager, consisted of: Jane Rau, co-founder of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, sharing an activist’s vision; Charlie Smith, former Scottsdale council member, providing a hindsight perspective; Peter Kasperski, owner of Cowboy Ciao and Kazimierz, lending a future perspective; and Trevor Barger, founder Espiritu Loci, highlighting the key components of vision.

What is Vision?
I view the path of vision like a tree.  At the very root of vision is just one idea.  Then vision takes on an element of natural growth developing one branch.  As ideas are nurtured, more branches of new ideas stem from conversations that feed the knowledge tree.  Eventually, one idea has grown and taken shape and now becomes a solid foundation upon which more growth occurs.  Sometimes the final vision is very different than the very first idea that planted the seed of thought for growth.  Vision grows naturally and can’t be forced.

Trevor Barger resonated with my tree vision when he talked about a community vision and its premise of starting with a believable idea created by looking in the present with passion to the future.  We must see the potential of an idea but not merely change an existing issue.  We need to be bold about the vision of future potential of an idea.  You know when a vision has taken hold when it culminates by influencing and inspiring people to take action because the vision touches their soul.  Just like the deep roots of a magnificent tree firmly planted, vision inspires and takes hold on solid footing and branches out and grows naturally.

It’s Time Scottsdale
There is no citizens-driven vision for Scottsdale.  We need to know where we want to go or we will never get there. A small group of seven, who in the past decided to increase the size of Scottsdale’s original one square mile, made a difference!

There are countless examples of people from the past who said, “Why not _______?” Fill the blank in with build a stadium, create an Old Towne, preserve the desert, etc.  You can make a difference.  We must gather as citizens of Scottsdale and explore the vision we want.

The Challenge to Scottsdale Leadership, Class 24
As a member of the soon-to-graduate Class 24, I propose a challenge to my esteemed classmates.

We talked about the need for a vision in Scottsdale during one of our classes.  It was even proposed by Mike Seiden, Core Program Vice-Chair for Class 25, we abandon our six community projects and all focus on creating the groundswell for Scottsdale’s vision.  Well, we all participated in six amazing and impactful projects that touched the community in so many ways.  Thank you Scottsdale Leadership for having the foresight to not heed our plea, for our projects changed our lives and impacted many others.

So, now that we are a united force of 42 with community presence, I challenge my classmates to join in the offer from Dr. Jan L. Gehler, President of Scottsdale Community College, to meet at her college and start the dialogue and groundswell for our community vision.

We can make a difference even if it is only a small group of seven.  We may not know “how” it will turn out or even “what” the vision is but isn’t that exciting?  What we do know is that it will be revealed to us as we share ideas and perspectives, conduct difficult conversations and envelope it in courageous leadership.  The time is now.  And, it’s up to us.  What better way to serve our community than to help create its future!

If you’re in, let me know.  I’m willing to take the first step to get it started with you.  Let us take our time, talents, passion, pride and leadership and create a legacy for Scottsdale.  If we don’t, who will?

“Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road.”
Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961, Statesman and Secretary-General of the United Nations).

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Leadership Experiences should be shared

By RACHEL BROCKWAY, Class 23
Scottsdale Leadership Marketing and Resource Development Manager

In today’s Scottsdale Republic an article by Russell Helwig titled “Share Leadership Experiences” was very engaging. From time to time you may read articles by John Hersey or books like Stephen R. Covey’s, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, but how often do you share your experiences? We each have knowledge that could benefit others.  To make a difference in our community we need to not only listen to what others have to say but also contribute our knowledge so others can learn.

The article discusses how we should be taking the lead and share a story, tip or leadership lesson. Helwig says “Leadership is not about thinking you have all the answers” and I agree. He is asking you and I, as leaders, to voice our opinions so we can share are experience with all.

Now I want to know, what knowledge will you share today?

Inspirational speaker Russell Helwig writes a leadership column for the AZ Republic.  He can be reached at 623-334-1641 or russ@inspireandlead.com.

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Scottsdale Leadership to Start Dialoge for a Citzen’s Vision

WHAT CAN VISION DO FOR A COMMUNITY?

HOW CAN CITIZENS ENGAGE?

By RACHEL BROCKWAY, Class 23
Scottsdale Leadership Marketing & Resource Development Manager

On Thursday, April 29, Scottsdale Leadership will host its 7th Annual Community Forum, 20/20 Vision: Our Citizen’s Prescription for the Future.

The forum, sponsored by The Arizona Republic, APS and the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors, will be held from 7:15 – 9 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch, 7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd.

More than two decades have passed since Scottsdale participated in a citizen-driven visioning process. Scottsdale Leadership wants to start the conversation. “Communities that have vision achieve amazing results and perhaps it is time for this community to engage in a discussion of its future,” said Dick Bowers, former Scottsdale city manager and panel moderator for the forum. “It is the citizens’ responsibility to say they want to create a shared vision and participate in its formation.”

During the forum, panelists will share their insights on and experience with vision. The panelists include:

20/20 Foresight – Restaurateur Peter Kasperski will discuss how he created a vision for his business which has cumulated into several successful establishments in Scottsdale that attract people from all over the country.

20/20 Hindsight – Former city councilman Charlie Smith will provide a historical perspective on Scottsdale successes that originated with a citizen-driven vision plan.

An Activist’s VisionJane Rau, conservation activist and cofounder of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, will share how she brought her vision for the City’s preserve to fruition through her grassroots effort and community dialogue.

3-D ViewTrevor Barger, founder of Espiritu Loci Inc., a land planning and development assistance company, will provide insight on creating a citizen-driven vision for a community.

For some, vision may be difficult to define. Put simply, Barger says vision is about “what we want to see, not what can we fix.”

For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Scottsdale Leadership at (480) 627-6710, or visit www.scottsdaleleadership.org. Tickets are $40, $30 for dues-paid alumni and $350 for corporate table of eight.

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