New Holly is an area just south of Seattle where immigrants from South East Asia, Somalia and other East African nations live. The Federal Government and State of Washington have many programs designed to help these immigrants integrate well and become contributing members of society. Some mainstream folks may turn their nose up at areas where immigrants live, but with only a 10min commute to downtown Seattle, low rents and proximity to the airport, new transportation and housing and up and coming hangout areas, you do the math. New Holly will be a desirable area in coming years. It's important to integrate newcomers so as not to alienate them. Today French police raided two locations where alleged homegrown terrorists held hostages. This is a tough chapter for France, who has struggled to integrate large numbers of immigrants in recent years. As Leaders you must be able to address major differences in your Team and organization to 'unite the tribes' so the strength from their diversity can be leveraged against the challenges you will face. It can be costly, but not as costly as hostility or indifference to newcomers.
When you get off the freeway in many places in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, you will see ordinary places full of ordinary people. Despite forgettable settings there are great opportunities here just waiting to be taken advantage of. But you'll never reap the untouched benefits of these places if you're too busy trying to get a soulless job and an overpriced apartment in Manhattan or San Francisco. Focus on your idea and it's requirements. Chances are you can start today to change the world. And when your idea tips, you can travel wherever you want and save on the rent.
The First Battle of Bull Run or Manassas was the first major combat engagement between the US Army and the Confederate Army, North vs. South. It took years for military leaders on both sides to work out how to wage war effectively to achieve strategic victory (win the war), minimize loss of life and leverage growing or shrinking resources. Leaders must be mindful of what it takes to be successful before they head to the battlefield of their industries and professions.
In 1865 Petersberg was the scene of a massive siege where Union engineers tried to break the stalemate by blasting a massive hole in the Confederate lines. As one US Army officer put it, "It is agreed the thing was a perfect success, except that it did not succeed." A great idea failed to bear lasting fruit because of inexperience and failure to think ahead more effectively. As Leaders, make sure you pay attention to what comes after step one. Step one may require a lot of focus and effort, but if you don't pay attention to the secondary and tertiary conditions that follow, like the Union forces, you won't get far!