Imagine my shock, when I approached a fellow who had a particular area of expertise, and asked him to help a rookie in my real estate office to prepare for a listing interview with a property seller... and he responded, "I've worked hard to learn that area for myself... let her sink or swim on her own." The sweet follow on to that was the old "What goes around, comes around." Mr. Selfish Agent made too many enemies and wound up drowning in his own self-aggrandizement... While that rookie ended up being one of the top producers in our company! I love happy endings...
So, back to the Teamwork theme... For many Counties (as well as Cities, States, and Global Countries), the 2006-2012 years have been tough to endure. The bursting of the real estate bubble... as well as many other measurable economic indicator bubbles, has left us palpably shaken. We here in Florida - and especially Flagler County - have had just about enough. When you're trying to keep the bank from taking your house... and they've cut your hours at work... and your car needs tires... and gas hits $4.50/gal... and you need a vacation, but can't afford it... IT'S TIME FOR SOME SERIOUS, NO NONSENSE, TEAMWORK ORIENTED, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT EFFORT, RIGHT HERE AT HOME.
As a member of the Flagler County Economic Development Advisory Council, I cannot say this enough: "Site selectors want to know if all the local municipalities and government agencies play nice together!" If an area gets a rep for being politically contentious... They'll go somewhere else to build or expand their business. It is imperative that we pay heed to this. And a big part of the effort is to learn the "language of team." Whenever the opportunity arises, our emphasis should be heavy on the "WE" and light on the "ME." If it's a Palm Coast official, talk up the county and the beaches and the county seat history. If it's a county official, spread the wealth and praise among all the entities. Let people know we are in this together... and we all win.
We are so blessed in Flagler County! We have so much to offer. Recently, a national Site Selectors's workshop was held at the Hammock Beach Resort. They loved it here and we got on more radar screens that ever before. We'll make giant strides if we heed the advice of the famous motivator, Napolean Hill: "You succeed best and quickest... by helping others to succeed!"