Social and business communities thrive in close proximity. Yet, as Robert Caro explained long ago in The Power Broker, Robert Moses had a bias to build things like parkways and bridges that enabled cars and their passengers in and around New York and especially on Long Island. This led to community-destroying urban sprawl. The better approach is to create higher density, better functioning city centers where people and communities can thrive – infilling. Good for towns. Good for teams.

  1. Invest in culture. You must tackle this. You must migrate your people in the right direction (even if it involves a trek through the desert).
  2. Focus on the core. Don’t waste your time on the edges in suburban or satellite team cul-de-sacs. Go right after the city or team center where positive changes can gain momentum quickly.
  3. Eclipse the old ways. Don’t fight the old guard, detractors, or the entrenched planning commission. Instead, strengthen your contributors and infill with extraordinary people to seed the future.

Read the full article on Forbes.

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