NEXT Vail Valley is helping emerging professionals learn from Community Leaders

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NEXT Vail Valley is an emerging professionals group. The group is made up of all ages and is comprised of 12 individuals with completely different backgrounds and business sectors. Working in pairs, NEXT participants are assigned to a Community Leader and coordinate a time and location for the group to meet, discuss and learn.

Community Leaders also vary in backgrounds and industries, but they each share a vision and wisdom that becomes invaluable to our NEXT participants. This year’s Session 5 group has been taking notes, and wants to share what they have learned. Take a moment to read their notes from Andy Daly and Mike Rushmore.

  • Andy Daly: Former Vail Mayor, Former VR COO and CEO of Gore Peaks Investments.
  • Mike Rushmore: Founder and Chairman of the Board of Our Community Foundation

January 2018 – Andy Daly
Former Vail Mayor, Former VR COO and CEO of Gore Peaks Investments.

  • Building a relationship of approachability: Trust and Respect. Protect reputation religiously in order to have credibility as a leader, as a manager, supervisor and as a person as a whole.
  • How do you rebuild a tarnished reputation? Acknowledge the tarnish, open yourself up to being accountable for your actions and ownership of the results. It improves your credibility, allows other to see you as willing to accept mistakes and learn from it.
  • If you ask for feedback, be willing to listen and accept it and create positive change.
  • Whether in crisis or in status quo state always build from and return to your foundation of the Vision, Mission and Values of your organization or of yourself as a leader. This will allow you to speak to the WHY. Also, an understanding and commitment to the values and mission give others in the organization the foundation to make solid decisions when they are in a difficult situation with a customer or others in uncharted territory.
  • Encouragement to define and understand your own personal leadership style as it pertains to your relationship with work, your friends and family.
  • Listen first. In order to collaborate with others who may have competing interests, leaders must be willing to listen and compromise to achieve common goals.
  • Find a mentor or be a mentor to others.
  • What are the qualities of Highly Effective Teams? Talent: Different than skills, different than experience and different than intellect. Hire the individuals who fit the culture and align with the Vision/Mission/Values. Motivate by setting the example and providing encouragement to others. Teach and train the gaps in skills but focus more on the fit of the person to the organizations goals.
  • Reading List: First Break All The Rules: What The World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
  • 6 Questions you shared from this book:
  1. Do I know what is expected of me at work?
  2. Do I have the materials and equipment I need do my work right?
  3. At work, do I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day?
  4. In the last seven days, have I received recognition or praise for doing good work?
  5. Does my supervisor, or someone at work, seem to care about me as a person?
  6. Is there someone at work who encourages my development?

February 2018 – Mike Rushmore,
Founder and Chairman of the Board of Our Community Foundation

  • Step Function:  Look for opportunities to create value for employers and or customers.  Look for the step function in career opportunities moving you into the next level.  Solve problems, do your job. Do the one thing nobody wants to do, or the hardest thing to do.  It will differentiate yourself and create value.  Identify the problem you are solving in your work space and make it happen for your employer and/or customers.

  • Innovation:  Look for opportunities to innovate (disrupt the normal).
  • Recognize:  Don’t waste time on things that don’t work, look for a dead end and go the other way quickly.  Pivot away from dead end and move quickly toward opportunity.
  • Competitors:  Watch closely and keep track of what your competition is doing.
  • Surround Yourself:  Surround yourself with the best and brightest people.  You get what you earn in life and in business.  Don’t make typos or send out anything with errors it looks bad on you.
  • Invest:  Life is a pure investment in yourself, put yourself in a position to be successful.  Be the person who is honest, trustworthy, valuable, authenticate, transparent and fair.  Exercise everyday.
  • Partnerships:  Find ways to create partnerships with people and organizations.
  • Read:  Dive into the current non fiction books.  Look to the top 10 non fiction books on the New York Times List and read them.  Read the Economist, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, BBC, Bloomberg, and/or listen to Daily podcasts every single day.  This way you can be the person who has the most current info in the room.  Know the top 1% of current knowledge in order to be able to carry on intelligent conversations.
  • In a year if we met with Mike what would he like to see in this group?  “More reading”.


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