Killing Sacred Cows


I recently started listening to The Joy of Membership’s new podcast. Joy writes great emails so I gave her podcast a shot. The episode about Sacred Cows with Stephan Meyer is particularly interesting! Check out the whole show here:

In a nutshell Stephan Meyer is a German guy who studies radical change. After business consulting he started to see two kinds of organizational change – slow and plodding and sudden and radical change. He decided to study sudden, radical change and did interviews all over the world with business people in various positions. What he found was that people are change resistant (shocking) and hold very tightly to their presupposed suppositions and ideas (sacred cows). Sometimes we all need a crazy event to knock us loose. Think of your own life, and there have probably been several times when you were knocked out of your comfort zone – whether it was getting fired, moving, having your heart broken, 9/11 or some other outside major event (cough, cough).

Some of the people he interviewed didn’t see the importance of radical change but others agreed that it’s good to prepare and be flexible enough before a crisis happens (since it inevitably will). And sometimes there’s just no other way than sudden, crazy, shocking change.

I’m fascinated by the way 2020 is shaping up, and I’m especially interested in how this year will forever change the course of business in Lead and in South Dakota – it’s already happening, people are thrilled and appalled by us all over the country, we’re famous!

This week I had two interesting conversations – one with Lori Frederick, a Senior Business Development Representative in the Governor’s Office of Economic development. She has all kinds of great ideas and resources for businesses wanting to start or relocate to South Dakota. I also was approached by someone from a big city in Washington looking to bring their talent and skills to our small town after stumbling upon us on a great Western road trip.

I don’t know what the next few years will bring – and I won’t even try to guess after this year, but I know one thing – this is going to be a thrilling decade! Fortune favors the brave and there’s never been a better time to be daring!


_____Here’s what’s happening in Lead this week _____

Friday, 10/2 Olga Marie Ghirardini Girardi Nelson Day in Lead

Olga was former Mayor Tom Nelson’s mother, and today she turns 100 years old! Until just a few years ago she lived in her house in Lead! We are honored to remember her many years as part of our Lead community! Happy Birthday, Olga!

Saturday & Sunday, 10/3-4

Gold Camp Players announces auditions for “On Golden Pond”. This classic play will be directed by Thomas Golden (his first play at the Historic Homestake Opera House). Auditions will take place via the back door entrance off Julius Street. Everyone is welcome to try out and no previous theater experience is necessary. Gold Camp Players prides itself on being a community theater group open to anyone willing and able to throw themselves wholeheartedly into the theater! Auditions will take place on Saturday from 5-7pm and Sunday from 6-8pm. If you can’t make it at that time I’m sure Thomas can meet with you by appointment.

Sunday, 10/4

Explore Fitness & Adventures – Dinner & Adventure day! Contact Katrina for more info and details: [email protected]

Monday, 10/5

5pm – City Commission meeting at City Hall

Tuesday, 10/6

7pm – VFW post #5969 will have their monthly meeting in Deadwood. Are you a veteran of a foriegn war? Well then by all means get yourself down and join up! They’re a friendly bunch of fellows and always looking for new members to help support this flourishing VFW post!

Wednesday, 10/7

7pm – Rod & Gun Club monthly meeting will be held at the Lead clubhouse. All are welcome!


_____ News & Notes

Jenny Arehart, our very own Plunder Bling jewelry consultant, would like to remind you that the fall collection is out! A new sweater calls for a new necklace! See more here:


I hope you can toss some of those sacred cows of yours and continue to bravely embrace this radical change we’re all experiencing.

With so much love from Lead,

Sierra Ward

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