Virtual Coffee Chat: Troy, NY

Does leadership happen from the top and work it's way down?  

Some residents of Troy, New York, a town undergoing a small business renaissance, think not. When interviewer Robin Young asked about the presidential primary, no one was particularly interested. Instead they focused on the fact that one young entrepreneur, Vic Christopher saw opportunity and others built on that.  Here is the full story from Here & Now

Hearing this story on the day of  New York state's primary, inspired me to virtually wander into the coffee shops, wine bar/restaurants and Market Block Books to discover for myself what is happening in this town. Troy thrived for awhile, then died and is now coming back to life again with a new kind of economy.   

The decisions made in Troy are an example of the leadership process in action. It is a grassroots, bottom up process where a person or a group of people see an opportunity and create a vision of what can be. These leaders are not looking for solutions from politicians, they are dreaming and taking action. 

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Also worth noting is that the dream evolves.  Some of the businesses started in 2012 have now evolved into new businesses.   

As leaders of kids, do we give them enough examples for this kind of leadership?   Do we share stories of innovators and do we allow time for kids to make and create

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Deanne Bryce is a writer for young children and an advocate for personal leadership at all ages. This post is part of a series of posts where we engage in a virtual coffee chat. It is a chance for people who lead children to take a break and reflect on leadership strategies.  In addition we get to virtually visit coffee shops around the world in order to gain a fresh perspective. Suggest a virtual visit or leadership topic by connecting onFacebook or Twitter.