Transformation: Thinking Big and Acting Bigger

By @ 02/28/12 in Everything, Nonprofit Focus

There I was, just sitting down in front of the computer all set to write a professionally-focused blog post on “transformation” when the news broke yesterday that Sacramento is just five city council votes away from perhaps one of the greatest comebacks in professional sports history. Along with transforming Sacramento into the town “it knows it can be” … I feel like I lucked out on the timing!

It is not lost on me or any of us here at 3fold what has happened over the past year regarding the Kings organization. We have become intimately familiar with the saga, beginning with the relocation news that hit us like a bad pass to the side of the head this same time last year.

We watched with anticipation as the mayor reached in and saved the collective life of the Kings’ future in Sacramento — at least for one year.

We watched the community as a whole rally over the summer  –  supporting the Kings in a way we haven’t seen since the dramatic playoff run of 2002.

And we recently rejoiced at the news that Mayor Johnson “sank the free throw” in Orlando securing the ability for a new arena for the team, the city and the region. (To note: he did not do this alone. Our mayor surrounded himself with a team of smart and dedicated professionals with decades of experience, and alongside a group of business leaders, elected officials and grassroots community visionaries – each of whom have a bigger, clearer picture for how Sacramento could be transformed. As a group, they thought big and acted bigger.)

Often when we work with our nonprofit clients to help them transform themselves into something greater, we ask them to think differently. When helping them craft their strategic fundraising plan or board development plan – we ask them to think not “if” something can work – but “when”.

This group of visionaries, spearheaded by the mayor, was done thinking in “ifs.” They took control of Sacramento’s destiny with a goal to turn upside-down the decade-plus history of failed attempts to bring Sacramento a world class facility to see sports, concerts, family entertainment and other unique events like professional rodeos, motocross and wrestling.

As a native Sacramentan, I have had a few decades to track the progress of this city. Some might offer that progress in Sacramento has worked in two speeds: slow and stop. I, for one, am proud of where we have come and more importantly, where we are now.

Now we are just five votes from allowing the city to put shovels in the ground and begin construction on a new, green, job-creating venue and revenue-generating machine. I have never been so excited to see how quickly dirt can be transformed into something so prosperous for our region.

[Images: Kyle Terada/US Presswire; AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli]