OTS 049: Do you know your neighbors? – David Crowley

049 graphic Do you know your neighbors - David Crowley

Today’s guest hopes your community ties are strong as they are a great indicator of your health and success. He deeply believes in the power of building social capital. For the last 15 years, he has been strengthening communities by connecting diverse individuals and organizations through civic engagement initiatives. He does this through Social Capital Inc., an organization he founded in 2002.

His resume is filled with over 25 years of leadership experience. He was Executive Director of Generations Incorporated, which under his leadership grew into a national model for intergenerational programming. He also started and directed the Kentucky Community Service Commission, a state entity appointed by the Governor responsible for AmeriCorps and other service programs.

As Founder and President of Social Capital Inc., he has helped them grow into a national leader – exploring how communities can systematically, intentionally, weave stronger social fabrics connecting its members. Pilot programs in three Massachusetts cities proved so successful that they are now replicating their proven model and civic networking tools in communities across the state.

Please join me in welcoming David Crowley.

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In this episode we explore:

  • how he views leadership: “Leaders are the bridge between ideas and actions.” This was taught to him by his mentor.
  • questioning whether to scale his organization – “Sometimes we forget the personal trade-offs we make as leaders.”
  • figuring out what you aren’t good at, avoiding the tendency to hire people like ourselves, and creating a balanced team.
  • engaging youth in service and leadership projects to help them harness their passion for improving their community.
  • strategic use of Twitter prior to and during conferences to build a connection.

Stay tuned until the end of the episode to hear what I thought were the key takeaways you could put into practice this week and benefit from for years to come.

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