ATD NYC Chapter President's Update
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
I see my role as having certain internal "infrastructure" responsibilities, as well as specific external programming and member service responsibilities. Each of our Vice Presidents similarly straddles this line.
EXTERNAL FOCUS: When I joined the chapter I started participating on the Programs Committee because I was interested in helping to develop and design the monthly chapter meetings so that they'd enhance my own growth, and ultimately the effectiveness of my organization. I chaired the Programs Committee during Jim O'Hern's tenure as Chapter President, and was really impressed by his use of a taxonomy to frame the monthly meeting schedule, particularly because of the continuity it offered. This year for our chapter meeting framework we have relied on the 10 competencies of learning leaders as outlined in the National ATD's Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) certification. We're getting good feedback from the members that you appreciate this "back to the basics" approach, as well as the models and methods our speakers are introducing us to.
Another area we, and Amy Abel to a great degree, have been focusing on is the development of two additional micro communities within the chapter which will be piloted this Fall; one around the topic of Performance Support and Informal Learning, and a second focusing on emerging professionals involved in the Columbia University Teachers' College graduate programs. If the initial meetings go well, we might just have two new SIGs fully online by January. This growth is particularly satisfying because we are being responsive to the interests expressed by the membership. Many thanks to Hal Christensen, Michele Albert and Gail Gross for leading the PS/IL charge, and to Amy Lakusiewicz, Jody Barto, and Lyle Yorks for their leadership at TC.
As you can imagine, all of the planning and programming we are involved in requires a good deal of effort by a lot of people. No matter how impressive the chapter's operational plan looks on paper, the stuff just doesn't get done on its own. So we've spent a lot of time internally as a leadership team designing a Succession Planning process for the chapter. The National ATD organization has provided a "tool kit" and other resources for this effort, but it's really due to the commitment of Brenda Vallieu, Connie Chartrand and Mike D'Amico that we have a process outlined, and several elements in place already. By recruiting members now to perform the work of the chapter, and coaching them on being successful in volunteer roles, we are building the leadership pipeline for 2013, 2014 and beyond. We've also revisited the board member role descriptions for accuracy and transparency for all internal functions - activities the members won't necessarily see, but activities that require time and attention nonetheless.
Can you spell S-U-S-T-A-I-N-A-B-I-L-I-T-Y?
From a technology standpoint, we've been focused on maintenance and functional improvements to the web site while instituting Dropbox as our standard file management system.
Well, our ferry is docking in Provincetown Harbor, which means I need to start scouting out whale watching expeditions for tomorrow. I'll sign off now, and hope that you enjoyed the last humid days of summer!