NAPPANEE — A mix of the right ingredients and a common goal make for what a Goshen leadership coach and author calls a “sourdough culture.”
Adam Fleming, author of “White Buffalo Gold,” spoke to members of the Nappanee Area Chamber of Commerce Monday evening at Dal Mar Banquet Hall in Nappanee during the Chamber’s annual banquet and awards program.
Fleming described the “sourdough culture” as one in which you bring the right ingredients together for a common shared purpose, harmony and outside perspective that will engage people, move an organization in the right direction.
Today, when everyone has instant access to a world of information, he said, people don’t care as much about how much knowledge one has, they care more about connections.
“People are motivated by relationships, not information,” he said. “Information is like air — it’s all around us. Relationships are like breathing, helping us inhale and exhale the information; using what’s helpful, discarding what isn’t. Your best employees aren’t just motivated by money. You have to have purpose to thrive.”
Fleming told the businessmen and women, “The makings of a great business is in the air all around you — the people in this town just waiting for you to create the environment where they can relate to you and to each other, to raw materials, to new concepts, to bubble with excitement, to thrive. They’re waiting for a chance to jump in and ferment a great business together.”
EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR: The Educator of the Year Award was created to honor the late Jim Andrews and goes to a teacher who puts children first and goes above and beyond what is expected. Master of ceremonies Gale Gerber said, “Showing kids that when you love what you do, it’s not a job — it’s a calling and a career.”