The People’s Stimulus Package

Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on

Leadership comes in many forms, especially when it comes to running a country.  We are all aware of the economic conditions that surround us today.  Times are tough for everyone.  Our political leaders have developed a stimulus package to help generate new jobs, new attitudes, and new money into our economic systems.

This is good thing on a national level, but there is concern about the local communities and small businesses across the US.  When the local news in Oakland heard about “a pharmacist in a small Alabama town who started a grass roots stimulus campaign based on his concern that federal stimulus dollars wouldn’t reach local businesses” they wanted to know more. (Source: Susan Groshans, July 6, 2009)

Alabama pharmacist, Danny Cottrell, launched a homegrown stimulus package in order to pay it forward. Cottrell’s company gave away $2 bills to their employees and encouraged them to spend it locally and the passion is catching on!

The Peoples Stimulus Package was started to help generate more interest and more action on our parts, as citizens of this great nation, to help our fellow people.  Together we can get out of this economic crisis and it all starts with our attitudes. 

The word is spreading rapidly!  Cottrell’s story has been shared through many Press Stories across the US and there are currently 16 companies from Alaska to Florida participating in this unique stimulus package.  Read the blog to learn more about the fun people are having stimulating on the small scale and making a difference in their local communities.

Cottrell’s compassion for local businesses and for his community have always been an important part of his life.  Giving back to the community is a small way for him to share responsibility for the common good and make a positive impact on his employees.  His leadership has inspired others to do the same.  The Peoples Stimulus Package website was created by Dave Theobald, of Turman Commercial Painters, to help encourage others to follow in Cottrell’s footprints.

What can you do on a local level to improve your leadership?  What are your strengths?  Remember that leadership is motivational and inspirational.  It doesn’t have to be a stimulus package that spans the nation, it can be something on the home front that makes a difference in your community.  I challenge you, blog readers, to think and act locally.  Together we can motivate and inspire others.  We can make a difference and we can bring our country out of this economic downturn.  Our attitudes and our actions need to reflect our thoughts.  Let’s go!  Let’s become better leaders together!


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