Thursday, January 28, 2016

Imagine!’s Leadership Development Group Update from November 2015

What have I gotten myself into? And why might others want to join the Leadership Development Group (LDG)!

Tim West-Heiss, Shannon Bundy, Laura Ball, Maria Klickna, Sterling Wind 

The purpose of the LDG is to provide a platform that strategically develops talent within Imagine! to address the company’s leadership needs in the future. This program is designed to educate employee participants about the complexities of our company and to assist management in learning about LDG members with talent that may be good matches for leadership roles here at Imagine!.

What this means is that there is an LDG curriculum that allows LDG members to:

Attend high-level meetings internally and externally, such as the following: 
  • Executive Team and Government Relations meetings, 
  • Strategic Planning meetings, 
  • Legislative Sessions with the Joint Budget Committee 
  • Other conferences and meetings relating to intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) services. 
Select three books that focus upon leadership to read and discuss as a group. 

Select and complete a case study that has been approved by LDG Planning Group. 

Perhaps most importantly, each LDG member has two executive mentors that they meet with at least monthly.

Whew, so there you have what the LDG looks like . . . a more important question is … why should this interest you?

Great question! If you’d like an opportunity to observe and wrestle with the complexities of a large nonprofit organization through direct observations and opportunities to engage the executives, who are leaders in the field of I/DD, a chance to debrief with your mentors and other executive team member, to stretch yourself by asking questions and engaging in discussions with Imagine! team members at all levels - then the LDG is for you! Being an LDG member provides employees with an incredible opportunity to learn and grow through access to diverse leaders with a genuine willingness to assist you to grow personally and professionally. That’s why you might want to talk with your supervisor about your interest in joining Imagine!’s Leadership Development Group in the future.

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