30 March 2006

Community Reinvestment Act

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Go a call today from an agency who remembered something I had said in a conversation about why a financial institution, such as a bank, would have an interest in the work of a community development organization in the same community that the bank wants to do business.

In part the answer has to do with good business practice and maximizing profits. A secondary incentive might be the Community Reinvestment Act (1977) which is legislation that regulates the relationship between a financial institution and its community. For further information, click here.

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18 March 2006

Vision in a village in Uganda

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The video about the football (soccer) player named Stone from Uganda is from this book:

The 8th Habit : From Effectiveness to Greatness, by Steven Covey.

If you'd like to read that book, I'd recommend you start with the foundational The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

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17 March 2006

Quotations of note from my visioning workshop tonight in south Los Angeles

Welcome back! As promised, here are some of the quotations that I used in tonight's session at Lincoln Memorial Church in South Los Angeles for World Vision's Tools For Transforming Communities, funded by the Compassion Capital Fund:
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly proclaiming . . .
'Wow! What a ride!'

“…whenever there is emergence of the new we confront the recalcitrance of the old.”
--Dr. King
“If the leader’s vision is clearly articulated it will be most effectively realized by others who share it, and bring their own creativity to it.”

“There is nothing in the world that makes you feel more connected and more understood than having other people creatively enhance your own ideas with theirs.”

“People don’t need to be controlled and manipulated to commit themselves to a heartfelt vision, and being controlled and manipulated tends to destroy that commitment.”

Philip Slater, “Leading Yourself,” page 115
The Future of Leadership, Bennis, et al, 2001

From an article, "Why Vision Matters" by Robert Knowling
“In business, as in life, good intentions are often lost. Our everyday practices, not our espoused values, define who we are. To align good intentions with effective practice, leaders need to define a vision, articulate values, and infuse both into every aspect of the business.
Robert Knowling is chairman, CEO, and president of Covad Communications, a national provider of high-speed Internet access. Previously he led large-scale change efforts at U. S. West and at Ameritech. He also leads the Digital Opportunity Initiative to increase minority participation in the high-tech workplace. Knowling has been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, Business Week, and The Industry Standard. (9/2000)

Watch for more later on this. Thanks for the opportunity to learn with you.

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