This month marks the 15th year CCMU has been working in communities and at the Capitol to lead change for a healthier Colorado.
The past two weeks I have been immersed in reading about the history of CCMU. Our organization started 15 years ago this month as a vision among a broad group of people who believed (according to our first conference program) we needed to start a conversation about “dealing with the problems and solutions to providing care to Colorado’s medically indigent population.”
It is strange to me that a simple change of date can lead to so much reflection and renewal, yet I find myself entering 2012 with a sense of calm and a revived sense of optimism.
I live 15 blocks from the house I grew up in, so I realize I may have a slightly different perspective about the notion of “community” than others.
Leadership is something many, many books have been written about, but when it comes to applying it in real life…well, that’s a different story.
One of the key arts of leadership is not to just listen, but also to learn and integrate. It takes all of these steps to create authentic engagement.
During the recent debt ceiling debate, a Southern lawmaker said something to this effect during an interview on National Public Radio. I smiled then and I smile every time I think about this quote.
The day-to-day work of an advocacy organization is not glamorous. We don’t walk the red carpet to attend countless committee meetings nor do we have personal assistants to read and track all the rules and regulations.
Henry Ford is credited with saying, “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” This quote resonates with me today for a few reasons.