I’m not trying to say we’re in a bad place, but when I see warning signs, I think it’s important to point them out.
- Real Estate
- Food & Drink
As I told a crowd last week, I think I delivered 30 to 35 speeches last year. And when I announced I was starting my own business, I half-wondered if I’d ever be asked again.
“You have to be aware of what others in your industry are doing. But I suspect it’s far more important to be aware of your audience or your customers – and to be more aware of them than your competition is.”
These new downtown businesses owners didn’t think they would ever move back to Sioux Falls. Now that they have, they can’t believe how it’s changed.
My instinct – and plenty of data – tell me a shift is occurring in retail spending. But getting at precisely what’s causing it requires connecting dots that aren’t so obvious.
As an employee, when the CEO walks by or interacts with you, it represents a significant moment in the workday. It’s up to the leader to use that moment for good.
“We’re very upbeat,” commissioner Scott Stern said. “We’ve got a lot of projects in place, and not just pie-in-the-sky stuff. Things we’re really excited about, which bears out in Sioux Falls.”
Every 10 years, a business leader told me, we need to do something big in this community. Something that inspires and collectively energizes us. Something that pushes us to the next phase of growth.