Happy Thanksgiving, From Your Chamber

As Thanksgiving draws near and we count our blessings (and not calories), we are mindful of how thankful we are for each and every member. It is the businesses and people of Wichita that make our jobs fulfilling, and we hope everyone enjoys the holiday with family and friends.

The Chamber will be closed on Nov. 27 and 28, and will resume normal business hours on Monday, Dec. 1.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Leadership quotes that motivate WSU Shockers

Holly Landon and Sheryl Wohlford greeted Sunrise Scrambler presenter Steve Dickie.

Holly Landon of the Chamber and Sheryl Wohlford of Automation Plus greeted Sunrise Scrambler presenter Steve Dickie before this month’s event.

The members of Wichita State University’s (WSU) men’s basketball team have gained national attention for their leadership both on and off the court during Coach Gregg Marshall’s tenure.

Yesterday’s blog recapped the five character-building pillars that Steve Dickie, Character Coach for WSU’s Shockers, shared with Chamber members during this week’s Sunrise Scrambler. Today we’ve posted more motivational thoughts from  Dickie’s presentation. We’re confident that you’ll find a few to inspire you.

  • You were born to fly. Don’t settle for less.
  • Character is what sustains us. Like an iceberg, the 10% at the top is our leadership ability. Character makes up the 90% below the water line. It’s who we are.
  • The critical area of character development is self-management. You must invest in your character so you can become a better leader among your family, friends, and colleagues.
  • “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are.” A quote from legendary basketball coach John Wooden.
  • “Fame is vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.” A quote from American newspaper editor Horace Greeley.
  • “You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.” A quote attributed to both James Anthony Froude and Henry D. Thoreau.

Our thanks to our November Sunrise Scrambler sponsors:
–Presenting Sponsor, Legacy Bank
–Host and Breakfast Sponsor, Petroleum Club of Wichita
–Showcase Sponsor – Davis-Moore Automotive, Inc.

See photos of the November Sunrise Scrambler on the Chamber’s Facebook page and Instagram account. Follow the conversation about Steve’s presentation at #ictchamber and @ventureboldly. Follow Steve @sdickie56.

Be sure to register for next month’s Sunrise Scrambler on Wednesday, December 17, by following this link. December’s speaker is Wichitan Jared Estes, who will share his story of triumph over tragedy and how he learned to FIRE BACK.

Good, better, best. Never let it rest.

Steve Dickie is the Character Coach for Wichita State University's Men's Basketball Team

Steve Dickie is the Character Coach for Wichita State University’s men’s basketball team.

Every Wichita State University (WSU) men’s basketball player knows how to finish the rhyme that serves as the headline for today’s blog post. It’s the Shocker mantra:

“Good, better, best. Never let it rest.
Let your good be better and your better best.”

Steve Dickie, Character Coach for WSU’s men’s basketball team, attributes the Shockers’ success to Coach Gregg Marshall’s emphasis on developing leadership and character in each of his players. Dickie shared his presentation on the value of both of these attributes with Chamber members at this morning’s Sunrise Scrambler. Here is a recap of how he motivates athletes to improve their personal and professional lives by continually improving their character.

You’re going to have to dig deep to get through life’s rough spots. Preparing in advance for these curves in the road helps you develop the stamina you’ll need to get through them.

True service to each other and to your community raises your own value and can actually be fun. Embody servant leadership and seek to serve those who aren’t typically  recognized for their efforts.

Thankfulness is contagious and shapes your perception of situations and the people around you. You’ll always find what you are looking for, so use your selective perception to find and focus on the positive.

Celebrate the gifts you see in each other and all the victories in each day. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt to have a catchy victory tune to celebrate with…Ay-Oh here we go! (Click here for a video clip of Steve leading the Shockers’ locker-room victory chant at today’s event.)

Ask yourself these three questions:
– What do I need most?
– What is standing in my way?
– What do I eliminate to get there?
Then sum it all up in one word that you can visualize when you’re feeling extreme pressure. Sample words from some of your favorite Shocker players: Perspective (Fred Van Vleet), Benefit (Ron Baker), Humble (Tekele Cotton), and Love (Cleanthony Early).

Steve had more words of wisdom to share with the group and we’ll post some of his favorite leadership quotes tomorrow. See photos of today’s events on the Chamber’s Facebook page and Instagram account. Follow the conversation about Steve’s presentation at #ictchamber and @ventureboldly. Follow Steve @sdickie56. You can read more about Steve Dickie’s work with the Shockers in this Kansas Leadership Center profile and this Wichita Eagle story.

Chamber and partners to work on community issues

There’s no getting around the fact that we’re disappointed with the results of the sales tax election on November 4 in Wichita.  I believe we missed an opportunity to move Wichita forward.

But the sun did come up on November 5 and there is still a need to make a difference in our hometown.  We still need to accelerate our community’s competitiveness and we appreciate how the process has raised awareness about jobs and economic development.

In addition, this community should continue to address water, transit and street repairs.  Addressing these community needs will take positive ideas from all citizens and we encourage you to continue sharing your ideas with members of the City Council.

Now is not the time to stop discussing solutions to the challenges that face us.  The community belongs to all of us and sales tax proponents and opponents must be included in the ongoing conversation surrounding these challenges.

One of the many positive byproducts of the recent campaign was the number of diverse groups that came together to form a broad coalition for community advancement. We need to ensure the coalition and additional partners continue to work together to improve our community.

As for the Chamber and Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition, we still have a job to do in growing our economyWe have an outstanding staff at GWEDC and we’re proud of the work they’ve done the past 11 years to retain or create more than 20,000 jobs in our region.  That team, working closely with local government and other partners, will continue to help existing and new companies create jobs.  We will also work with Wichita State University and other partners, through the Blueprint for Regional Economic Growth, to identify opportunities to diversify our regional economy.

I want to thank our elected officials for giving the opportunity to vote on this issue.  I also applaud the Chamber Board of Directors and Leadership Council for their courage in leading a community discussion of the issues we face and the options for resolving them.

The Yes Wichita campaign did a tremendous job of running a civil campaign with honor and integrity that was full of positive energy and effort.  We want to commend the campaign leadership and all of the volunteers who worked so hard on moving the community forward.  We appreciate the passion and funds they contributed to this important cause.

Let’s all continue this important work!

Countdown to Condoleezza Rice

With less than one month remaining until our Annual Meeting with Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Board Chairman Wayne Chambers and Business Services Manager Angie Elliott will be guests on 99.7 Lite FM’s Lite is Local show this Sunday at 8 a.m. to talk about the event. During the program, hosted by Gayla Crouse, they will discuss why Dr. Rice was selected as this year’s speaker, as well as some of Wayne’s reflections from his year serving as Chairman of the Board.

Dr. Condoleezza Rice

Dr. Condoleezza Rice

The event is Thursday, Dec. 4 at Century II. If you are interested in attending the event, we would love for you to join us. There are a select number of dinner tickets remaining, and there are also program-only tickets available with prices starting at only $35. Attendance is not limited to Chamber members; this is a community-wide event and all are invited. Tickets can be purchased at wichitachamber.org/AnnualMeeting.

“Opportunities like this are ideal because you get to see the personality behind the public figure, and we are excited to hear what Dr. Rice has to say,” Angie said.

We are asking people to submit questions that they would like Dr. Rice to answer during the Q&A session following her presentation. Send your question to communications@wichitachamber.org or tweet @VentureBoldly and use #RiceDec4.

Tune in to 99.7 Lite FM this Sunday at 8 a.m. to hear from Wayne and Angie!

Gayla Crouse, Wayne Chambers, and Angie Elliott at 99.7 LITE FM

Gayla Crouse, Wayne Chambers, and Angie Elliott at 99.7 LITE FM