If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together. – African Proverb
A friend recently shared the African Proverb quoted above. His core topic was the power and value of operating in community – where each person was able to contribute according to their unique skill-set. And that together each person was stronger than if they operated on a solo basis. It was a great reminder of a powerful principle that we can apply as association boards and as a community at large.
The power of a team as contrasted to “going it alone” cannot be over-emphasized. It is clear from even a cursory review of modern history that a small group of dedicated men and/or women can have a great impact on those around them – and even on their surrounding culture.
That is why association boards can accomplish more than simply overseeing the “business” of their association. By looking for ways to include people across the community on committees, in neighborhood gatherings, and in other creative activities, can contribute to lasting growth of the sense of true community where they live. We think of this as creating a legacy – and it is one of the things we love most about what we do.