|Retired City Manger Mike Levinson -Community|
-- Jane Addams
What a wonderful experience I had this morning, I was invited to a breakfast (very early!) and work shop with Mike Levinson at Dunedin's Stadium to look at the idea and practical structure upon which to build a community of excellence. Mike was the manager of Coral Spirngs in Florida and is the only town of it's size of about 130, 000 to ever receive the Baldridge award for excellence.
This was rated on a number of criteria but particularly its vision of Coral Springs as a place to LIVE, WORK, and be FAMILY.
One fact that I was very heartened by was the number of volunteers and youth volunteers who contributed time and energy to a community service or cause of one kind or another.
the point was made that while the example we were given was of a community of this size with all of its many parts, the principle's where scalable, that is, any organization could apply these and find themselves becoming truly excellent.
The towns focus on community was refreshing and more than once Mike emphasized that every policy and process was decided on against the criteria of serving better lives, a better place to work, and a better place to bring up a family.
One strength was the ability to build relationships of substance with all sectors of the community and his joy and pride in their achievement was obvious. yest here were lessons to be learned and the learned them. The system they worked to went beyond a fake 'consultation' with the people and employees and business, these people were an integral part of the decision making process.
Many thanks to the Otago Polytechnic, Polson Higgs, and the Otago Chamber of Commerce for a wonderful event. (And also to Henry and Thunes from the Southland and Waitaki counsels for their company).
Lets enjoy our community's, leading with spirit and collective wisdom with action.
Enjoy Your Life Book.com