By Dr. Fatima Bustos-Choy, Director for Training and Development
Who are we? Where have we been? Where are we going?
The first months of 2022, JES Leadership programs consisted of: The ABC’s of Highly Successful Chambers, Situational Leadership, Five Keys to Membership Success, and Having the Right Mindset for Membership. These sessions were led by guest speakers Dave Kilby and Diana Williams and from the COFACC Team Ellen Samson, Ellen Bolus-Edmonds, and myself. The sessions focused on acquiring and developing the right mindset and skills set for Chambers to succeed over the long haul in this uncertain and unprecedent landscape. By and large, participation has been positive, though it would have been more desirable to see more proactive registrations rather than some Chambers signing up on the day of the training.
As we fast approach the second half of 2022, it is timely to reflect who we are as leaders of our Chambers, our members, and our communities. It is important for us to honestly evaluate what we have accomplished in the first part of the year, what we did not accomplish that we wish we could have, and what we envision to achieve in the next half of the year. More importantly and profoundly, we need to ask ourselves, who do we want to become? For the mind is the predictor of the future. What we think, we become.
For the remainder of 2022, JES Leadership Series will provide principles and practices for creating the desired Chamber, Chamber Leaders and Team members, Membership, Programs and Events, and financial sustainability. For some Chambers, they have much in place they can leverage from. For others, more work needs to be done. Nonetheless, we are all in this together. As a coalition, we can learn from each other, support one another, and grow together. Exciting and inspiring!