Wednesday, May 6, 2009

One woman sitting alone in a room changed her world

An inspiring portrait of a game changer - -

Yesterday, a colleague pointed me to Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky's book "Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading." It opens with the story of a woman on an Native American reservation who, seeing how alcoholism was tormenting her community, founded an AA group. At first, there were no comers. She set up a neat circle of chairs each week and sat alone in the room. She told her skeptical friend, "I was not alone...I was there with the spirits and the ancestors; and one day, our people will come." After enduring years of being mocked because of how fiercely she was challenging her community's norms, things changed - the room was full, and the community was getting sober.

Where can each of us choose to take a quiet, powerful stand for good?

1 comment:

  1. What an amazing story - talk about a perserverance. She certainly has what it takes to change a game. I am also enlightened with the story you chose for starting your blog. What happened to Best Bottom Line? The majority of people are ready to throw their aims and purposes overboard, and give up at the first sign of opposition or misfortune. A few carry on despite all opposition, until they attain their goal. "There may be no heroic connotation to the word “persistence,” but the quality is to the character of man/woman what carbon is to steel.” ~ Napoleon Hill from the book Think and Grow Rich. - - Hayden