Thank you for visiting my blog Always Forward. I invite you to take a look around the site. If we haven’t yet met, the “about ron” page gives a good feel for who I am and what I do.
You might be curious about where the name Always Forward comes from. Since I’m hoping you’ll become a regular follower of mine, and join me on this journey, I’ll gladly fill you in.
For many years of my life, I played the game of rugby. Rugby is a passionate game, full of action that requires teamwork and perseverance above all else. The goal of rugby is similar to the game of football in that, to score, your team must get the ball across the goal line.
I played the position of a prop, which is part of the forwards. In order to restart play of the game, I came together with the other forwards on my team for a scrum. Scrum is a contest for the ball that involves players binding together to push against the other team’s forwards in order to gain better position and ultimately, possession of the ball. There are various strategies to earn possession for your team, but mine was to always move forward. My teammates and I would lock together and work to push forward in spite of the opposition from others. By moving always forward, a teammate outside the scrum could secure the ball and move down the field to score, and if we did that enough times, we won the game.
Even now, with the team that I lead at Southwest Michigan First, we get together each morning for scrum. Just like a rugby match, we come together to discuss how we are going to move always forward throughout the days and weeks to bring our organization and the region we represent to victory.
Always Forward is a concept open to interpretation, but the following list is what truly stands out to me.
Definition of Always Forward
[al-ways for-ward] verb, meaning:
- look ahead. Rather than focusing on past failures or present successes, it is more beneficial to view every day as a chance to move forward. You can’t become great or stay great by looking in the rearview mirror. Only by gazing down the road can you embrace what’s to come.
- welcome change. We’ve all heard the phrase: the only thing that is constant is change. The sooner we begin to accept and even look forward to change the happier and better off we’ll be.
- set goals. Set both short-term and long-term that are specific and measurable. Then hold yourself or your organization accountable.
- promote leadership. Without investing in the development of emerging leaders today, where will we be tomorrow?
Example: We must move always forward.
So, here’s the plan. I will make blog posts twice weekly on topics that resonate with me, namely leadership with the occasional post on talent, innovation or economic development because that’s what I do for a living. I invite you to please share your comments and feedback with me via the comments feature or by sending me an email. Through this blog I want to get to know you and I hope you get to know me a little better too.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ll be back!