In January, our NCPA board will be renewed with fresh goals and ambitions. At that time, my role shifts from President to supporting the board as our torch officially is given to Janet Mainenti, the future President. For months, our board has planned for the upcoming year; meeting at Janet’s house twice to strategize. Every future leader needs a fantastic house for entertainment, right? Janet’s house is just that – nestled in Vista with an expansive patio, fireplace, and garden. A family of four or a couple misbehaving teenagers could live on her back patio without being discovered. But I digress --- back to the objectives and strategy.
Our primary objective (solidified during our first meeting) is being proactive on all fronts. Previously HR professionals simply joined HR associations. In today’s budget conscious market, value prevails. The combination of cost, time, education, information and networking determine the success of organizations.
Some of our specific goals include:
- · Growing membership following difficult economic times
- · Showcasing high level, quality speakers with relevant, timely messages
- · Connecting members through networking events (F2F), luncheons, forums, Linked-In, Facebook, eNews and a more interactive website utilizing today’s leaders and technology.
- · Employing the talents of our members – committee involvement, panel discussions, and idea generation
- · Partnering with sister HR associations to benefit our members
The success of these goals requires ‘a community’. To achieve these goals we need to 1) hear member needs, questions, desires 2) openly engage members in our activities, and 3) effectively utilize the collective abilities of NCPA leadership and members.
At the end of the day, leadership and members combined make the community. Just as individuals write content for online communities such as Wikipedia – we will openly invite members to write our content, be part of our community. Together, we will provide value, resulting in goal attainment.
If you have ideas, don’t wait to be asked or surveyed! Contact a board member. We need your help.
My daughter has a plaque in her kitchen “The things that count most in life are the things you cannot count.” I can’t count the friends and treasured memories I’ve made at NCPA. So I will simply exit with a fulfilled and wonderful feeling as I write this, my last President’s Pen.
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