Enough about the economy already!

Are you tired of hearing about the economy, Wall Street, bailouts and banks? Granted, there’s plenty of depressing economic news to go around, but isn’t it time for some cheerleading and serious creativity?


Robert Safian, editor of Fast Company, thinks so. “It’s not that we have our heads in the sand. We know how challenging the business environment is,” he writes in his Letter from the Editor in this month’s issue. “Only creativity and aggressive innovation — in the face of hardship and layoffs and seriously tough choices — will fuel a turnaround.”


Creativity…innovation…cheerleading. In our office here at the National Center for Parents as Teachers a group of us gather regularly over lunch for thought-provoking conversation around different business-related topics. This month we listened to a Harvard Business Review podcast, “How to Protect Your Job in a Recession.” Be a corporate cheerleader, suggested featured guest Diane Coutu. Help your staff focus on all the good things going on around them.


Last night, for example, the National Center for Parents as Teachers welcomed an influential group of regional leaders to our St. Louis office for the first 25th anniversary event committee meeting. What a group of super stars this committee is!  For many, it was their first visit to the national office, home to the nation’s largest parent education program. They are eager to share the success of this 25-year-old organization and help the National Center for Parents as Teachers build the families of today and the workforce of tomorrow.


“If you look around, there is also much to cheer about. In the midst of our troubles, remarkable things have happened, and they will continue to happen — if we prune the unproductive and broken, and nurture those enterprises that point to a more positive future,” Fast Company’s Safian writes. What could be a more positive future than today’s children?