Contributor: Kari Heistad, Culture Coach International
In 1910, Elizabeth White, the daughter of a cranberry grower in New Jersey, read a report about blueberries written by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The report suggested that blueberries could be grown as a crop in sandy soil just like cranberries.
In a letter to the USDA, Elizabeth offered to pay for a scientist and the experiments that eventually, in 1916, led to the creation of blueberries as a commercial crop. At a time when women didn’t even have the right to vote, Elizabeth created her own opportunity for success by developing a team that included her father, a brilliant scientist, and people in New Jersey who helped her find blueberry plants.
When working on diverse teams, sometimes you have to create your own opportunities by putting forth new ideas, proposing collaborations, and building networks that will help accomplish your goals.
Action Step: Ask yourself, what opportunities can you create for yourself and for others?
- What opportunities can we create for ourselves?
- What keeps us from capitalizing on those opportunities?
- How can we create opportunities for others?
- What can we do better as a team to create opportunities for the team and for individual team members in the future?
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