—Systemic change begins with personal change—

249: Florida Mayors Jerry Demings and Buddy Dyer, part 2: Humility and Action from U.S. officials


Since our first episode, I've been talking about these mayors choosing to pick up garbage. I believe that a man never stands so tall as when he bends down to pick up another person's garbage. How many U.S. politicians can you name who bend down to pick up other people's garbage? Yet how many American streets, waterways, and beaches do you see covered with garbage? It wasn't always this way. We are letting it happen on our watch. I hope Jerry and Buddy start a new trend among politicians. Get your hands dirty to make our nation and cities clean. If people we know don't do it, such as elected officials, we won't in general. But if they do, we will---which will make them leaders, which they want. Politicians, get votes by cleaning up your neighborhoods. Yourself. Show that doing so doesn't make you dirty. It makes our world clean. It enables people. Your constituents want your leadership. They want clean neighborhoods. I believe you'll get votes by bringing cleanliness to them. You'll make yourself more approachable. In this conversation you'll hear two people leading by example, with humility, at no cost, on something everyone wants for their community.

242: Florida Mayors Jerry Demings and Buddy Dyer, part 1: United States government officials acting


I talk a lot about the lack of leadership in the area of the environment. Many people talk about change but don't lead it. Many others judge but don't support, which leads people to hold back on trying. Well, the mayors of Orlando and Orange County Florida went out of their way and found me. Most guests I seek out. Instead, they took it on themselves to put themselves out there, risking judgment on an issue they don't have to. Most don't, I believe because it makes them feel exposed and vulnerable. But a top trait of effective leaders is that they like accountability. You don't have to make acting environmentally you main focus, but the start is to act, which they've done. From a leadership perspective for a public figure to step forward achieves more than whatever the outcome of his or her first step. If what they do seems hard, Jerry and Buddy's swimming upstream will make it easier so all who follow feel like they're swimming downstream. I intend to help them make personal action a trend among leaders, which will lead to group action.

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