Sandra Ford, SNS, SNA President 2012-12-22 15:30:32
Looking Forward to a Fresh Start Happy New Year! It’s amazing to think that 2012 is now in the history books, and we are here at 2013 on the cusp of many new beginnings. I always love ringing in a new year. You can say good-bye to all the things in your life that you didn’t get quite right and set new goals for a fresh start. And I love that SNA’s STEPS Challenge program is the perfect fit with this philosophy: As we review our progress to date (which we have tracked), if we haven’t met our goals or are feeling stuck—if we haven’t gotten it “right”—we revise our approach, renew our commitment, tap new resources and move forward! And as the STEPS program gives us a fresh start with each new monthly challenge, other new beginnings are launched before and after January 1. For example, in November, I had the opportunity to attend California SNA’s state conference. One new initiative this state affiliate debuted this year was a series of education sessions offered in Spanish. What a great way to meet the needs of our diverse membership! I was delighted to be given a forum to share all the ups and downs of my leadership journey and use it to encourage our Association’s future leaders to step up and seize the dream. And as a leader, I am learning that fresh starts can be both expected and carefully planned for and unexpected, requiring some going with the flow. Some 18 months ago, I read Managing Transitions by William Bridges to help me help SNA in making the transition from our long-time CEO Barbara Belmont to her successor Frank DiPasquale. I didn’t expect that I would need to turn to the lessons I learned a second time during my tenure on the Executive Team, but SNA is faced with another fresh start of its own as the Association parts ways with DiPasquale (page 54). But I can assure you that I and the rest of the SNA Board of Directors feel confident for the future, as COO Patricia Montague assumes the role of Acting CEO and is supported by our superior staff team at Headquarters. When I was elected SNA Vice President three years ago, a friend affirmed that my leadership skills were what SNA needed to navigate the transformations ahead. While I have been given a few new challenges, be assured that I am as committed as ever to assure your voices, as SNA members, are heard. It may be the halfway point for my term, but a new year full of promise and opportunity for all of us has only begun.
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