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Design to Thrive by Tharon Howard

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Elders

The final stage that Kim identifies in her life cycle model is that of the Elder. Elders are long-term members of a community who are essentially keepers of the community's stories, culture, and rituals, which—as shown in the next chapter on Belonging—is critical to community success. They've been members for a long time and have exerted tremendous influence on and earned the respect of the members. Elders have influenced and shaped the community in clearly recognizable ways, and their influence and contributions are honored by the majority of the established membership.

The influence needs of Elders

Elders’ influence needs are somewhat different than any of the other five types. Like Leaders, Elders are often less concerned about ...

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