By LIZ MARTIN CEO of the National Transport Hall of Fame. The local champion of lateral thinking has parlayed the Hall into the town's top private and volunteer initiative, and the nation's leading museum of its kind. The global recession called for a change of tack – and the Hall had one of its best years ever. How can this kind of "never say die" attitude be applied to the town's woes?
Here are some of her hints:-
• We have always been aware of our precarious position as a community based museum and planned ahead, not only for future development but survival in the bad times and succession planning for our future.
• I have always been lateral in my approach to this business.
• It’s not just about working hard; it’s about working smart, especially when times are tough.
• This advice came from Kurt Johannsen in 1992: “There will be plenty of knockers but don’t waste time on them. While you are worrying about them you are letting down the people and businesses that support you – keep striving towards your goals.”
• Don’t over-think your problems. I see many people in "damage control" and spending too much time solving their day to day problems. This extends to Alice Springs as a community. I hate to think about the countless times in the past thirty years that we have gone back to square one dealing with and changing the methodology in how we deal with anti-social behaviour and criminal activity.