A Message from our President
We're shaking things up around here! Not only have we added the health industry and institutions of higher eduction to our business repertoire, we are also adding, over the next few issues, some new features to our monthly ezine. We will, of course, continue to share our current searches and useful articles with you. However, here is this month's new feature:
- Event Listings (main panel, after the featured article) - a six month calendar of a variety of events that you may find useful. Please let us know about your upcoming educational or professional development event(s) so we can spread the word.
In addition to these changes, we are also performing our first-ever internal executive search. Capability Company is looking for a new Director of Business Development. You would not believe how excited we are to experience our own services from the client's perspective!
In our excitement, we don't want to forget to tell you about two other fantastic new searches - one for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the other with the Triangle Land Conservancy. Take a look at the position profiles for all our searches below. As always, please contact us if you know anyone who may be a perfect fit for one of these roles.
Have a wonderful day!
President, Capability Company
Triangle Land Conservancy
Make a Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina
American Lung Association of the Atlantic Coast
Rural Advancement Foundation International - USA
Best Friends Animal Society
Article of the Month
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3 Strategies for Keeping Your Best on Board (Including You!)
by Amy Etheridge
As an attentive manager you want to ensure that your staff is engaged in pursuing organizational goals while also satisfying their own professional career goals. Staff whose interests align with the organization mission, have opportunities to apply their skills to a variety of work, and enjoy collegial relations with co-workers are more satisfied in their jobs and less likely to leave.
Consider employing these three strategies to empower staff and keep the best on board:
1) Recognize a problem before it's an emergency and empower your team to solve it
Take a proactive stance by actively listening to staff and honing your emotional intelligence. When you are able to perceive a problem in its earliest stages, you provide opportunity for staff to come together to address a common goal. Facilitate leadership without an authoritarian stance by strengthening and empowering staff through tapping their expertise and fostering collaborations.
2) Seek out new directions into unfamiliar territory
Seize the opportunity to build trust when your staff envisions an alternative process for achieving organizational goals. Declare your support for creativity and input by valuing their ideas, affirming your commitment to achieve the goals, and offering staff a degree of autonomy and independence. Be ready to motivate, manage and inspire with a balance of humility and assertiveness.
3) Celebrate accomplishments and express strong commitment to staff growth
Recognizing individuals' contributions, as well as team contributions, inspires staff to share in the vision of the organization. As a manager-coach sincere communication and consistent behavior, as it relates to kudos, builds team unity. Celebrate accomplishments with visibility to colleagues and external constituents. This stewardship of acknowledging a job well done, as with donors, is invaluable in building strong strategic alliances.
Create the environment that motives people to be their best every day and you'll have an inspired, dedicated and accountable team - a team that works efficiently and successfully together and stays on board.
Amy Etheridge is president of Giving Leadership Opportunity (GLO), a professional resource for personal, customized nonprofit and business consulting services. GLO is committed to creating growth opportunities for organizations as they seek to achieve their missions and fulfill their community promise. Amy may be reached at Amy@GoToGLO.com or 919.521.5776.
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