In New Zealand we call innovative thinking the Number 8 wire mentality, a skill that became necessary due to our geographical isolation and having to make progress with the resources we did have close to hand – Number 8 wire is such a resource “down under”.
Toastmasters is fortunate to have our very own Number 8 wire resource in David Templeman. The Number 8 wire approach calls for ingenuity and resourcefulness in problem-solving, being inventive with our ideas as well as practical with the resources we do have. I believe, David being an entrepreneur and not limited in his thinking by corporate constructs gives him the mindset to see where changes can be made to bring relevance and the organisation back to being a world-leader in leadership and communication, as was the vision of our original innovative thinker who had the crazy idea to create a speaking and leadership organisation back in 1928.
The world is moving at pace and David can pivot with the speed we need to forge through the challenges we currently face internationally in these extraordinary times. Never have the conditions for innovative thinking been better, a competency David excels in. Necessity they say is the mother of invention and Toastmasters has that necessity now.
In the recovery phase the organisation is now facing, we must find a balance between short-term efficiency and longer-term systemic resilience, which is where David can lead the way with his innate innovative, strategic and empowering leadership style. This modern type of leader is what we demand now in all corners of the world, someone who will actually try new things is our new expectation. We want someone who will create a new line of sight for us, clarify our “why”, keeping that North Star we are working for at top of mind.
David Templeman is top of mind for me when I consider the attributes I believe are key in an International Officer who can sustain the vision of Ralph Smedley.