Senseless school shootings, cure-defying epidemics, threats of environmental disaster: these are the kinds of headlines that riddle the news every day. The challenges we face range from the horrific to the heartbreaking. We wonder, when will it stop?
Frustration and fear won’t bring about beneficial change. Passionate men and women are needed to step into the gap and serve as change agents even though many assume that there are few areas left in which to innovate. While many advances have been made, there is still a need for everyday people to create, innovate, and impact their spheres of influence to advance the common good. Motivated by curiosity, conviction, and a conquering spirit, they can move to fill unoccupied spaces to nurture, persuade, understand, and solve some of society’s lingering dilemmas. Those who do the initial significant work in these areas are the ones who bring about such needed change. They are pioneers.
The Pioneer’s Way establishes a working definition of the pioneer, explores pioneering versus leadership, and offers essential characteristics of the pioneer. These are illustrated by colorful examples of pioneers both past and present—motivating readers with inspirational, frontiering stories, while equipping them with the journey’s essentials for moving forward to make needed, significant change. Readers will journey down a systematic path that will help them navigate unfamiliar territory so they too can respond to the pioneer’s call and answer it through effective, beneficial action in both their lives and the lives they touch.
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Table of Contents
1 Wanted: New Pioneers for New Frontiers 1
Leg 1 The Quest 19
2 The Irritant: "I gotta get out of this place!" 21
3 The Trajectory: "Where do I go from here?" 31
4 The Way Forward: "Follow the yellow brick road?" 43
5 The Equipment: "Use the right tools for the right job" 55
6 The Team: "It's what you know and who you know" 73
Leg 2 On the Trail 91
7 "Thrival" as a Mindset: "Failure is not an option" 93
8 The Unknown: "We're not in Kansas anymore" 112
9 The Scenic Overlook: "Lets pull over for awhile" 129
10 The Conflict: "Managing skirmishes in the backseat" 151
11 The Slippery Path: "I've fallen and I can't get up" 172
Leg 3 The Arrival 189
12 Create Constellations: "Aligning the luminaries" 191
13 Ensuring a Future: "Choose what happens next" 209
14 Portrait of a Pioneer 236