The IABC International Executive Board – aka #IABCieb – recently held its ninth board meeting of this term and here’s a quick recap of what was on the table in addition to the usual reports from the Chair; Vice Chair Dianne Chase (with a specific focus on the work of the Council of Regions); Financials from Treasurer Ginger Homan ABC and last but definitively not least, the report from our Executive Director, Carlos Fulcher MBA CAE:
The 2014—2017 strategy says, in a paragraph:
“Financial recovery and sustainability is primary, as is the loyalty and development of our members and leaders and consolidating gains from the 2011-14 strategy. Increased reputation in the profession; better brand positioning; and greater interaction with business as a revenue generator are then the big opportunity to be grasped”.
Financial Recovery and Sustainability
In addition to the regular report from our Treasurer, Ginger Homan ABC, the board also reviewed:
The board reviewed the latest dashboard, and within that a set of proposed additions related to how the board tracks the quality of our organisational customer service. It is a top priority.
The sixth IABC Leadership Forum was pulled together from across three continents: Carlos was in Philadelphia, Dianne in Charlotte – and special guests Ruth and Theomary were at large, but crucially, with internet. I was in London – and Melissa helped with the Q&A from IABC’s newly relocated offices in San Francisco.
2016 Leadership Institute delivered increased engagement – including 25% increase on the virtual front – see all the numbers and next steps. Photos are coming to Flickr – and presentations and winning Chapter Management Award work plans are coming to the Leader Centre. Meanwhile do congratulate the WINNERS.
Carlos Fulcher MBA CAE also reported a set of initiatives to step up customer service. These include a feedback loop for those getting in touch with HQ – and a hunt group for phone calls, ensuring you get to a person with a smile more easily.
Dianne Chase shared the work underway by the Council of Regions to make the IABC Leader Centrefor leaders, by leaders. If you have suggestions or recommendations, do get in touch with Dianne. And don’t forget that there are lots resources in the library already including the brand toolkit, guidance for awards programmes, marketing resources and more.
Ruth talked us through the work the group has done with Natasha Nicholson on staff to develop a new Editorial Calendar for IABC that can be used across all levels of the organisation. The aim is to drive a global conversation to advance good practice in specific and the profession in general. If you’re working on professional development plans for your chapter, do align with the calendar – it’ll massively increase timely resources around your local initiatives.
Theomary also talked through the work to help professional communicators get the skills they need in order to certify – and what’s next for the Academy more broadly – including plans for self-paced learning.
Check out the upcoming workshops – and meet the full Committee working with staff to advance this work. Big thanks to all involved.
I missed this week’s #CommChat on Social Media Analytics & Reporting. I was busy prepping for the February Leadership Forum – but the great thing about these good-practice exchanges is that they stick around even after they’ve finished…
This week’s topic was one that is close to my heart. As a past head of digital for a big corporate, and also in my current practice, it is a top topic for the C-suite. Often people get carried away on a wave of ‘big data’ – in reality it is about focusing in on measuring the effect of your actions. Actions that align with your strategy and objectives.
After all, you wouldn’t report to your board that the sun is rising and setting, would you? If you’re unlikely to deliver value to a board – or indeed win a Gold Quill…
All the 100+ tweets from the #CommChat can be found in the Storify from the session.
This year’s Annual General Meeting will be at 3:30pm (CDT) Saturday, 4 June at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans, the day before the World Conference begins.
Because the AGM will take place just prior to the Leaders Reception, it is hoped that it provides easier scheduling, enabling leaders to attend these two key events on the same day.
This change reflects a desire to allow dedicated time to the AGM and avoid placing this important meeting at a time when it competes with other conference activities and programming.
We are looking to make the format more engaging – and welcome input or suggestions.
AGENDA AND PROPOSALS:
Expect the meeting to include proposed bylaw changes, ratification of the 2016-17 International Executive Board slate of officers, IABC financials, including the audit report, and potential revised Code of Ethics. If you want to propose additional items for the agenda, please get in touch.
The 2016 International Leadership Institute brought together IABC leaders from around the world. Some 150+ in-person at the scenic Hotel Maya in Long Beach, CA – and hundreds more around the world who tuned in virtually:
We just closed the 2016 International Leadership Institute. Thanks to all who came in person, from near and far. And all who engaged via #IABCLI. It is great to see such global connection in action.
It was a highly interactive, engaging – and ultimately inspiring event. I’m extremely grateful to the Council of Regions, chaired by Dianne Chase – and Chapter Relations Manager, Micayla Felicion-Davin, for their work putting together the programme. An effort that couldn’t have been pulled off without our hard working staff. Big thanks to them too.
Now with fond farewells come an opportunity for a fresh hello. We’re getting the band together again–and soon: the February Leadership Forum is upon us. We’ll recap what happened at the Leadership Institute and take a quick look at the latest Quarterly Report.
Plus special guests
IABC Fellow John Clemons will talk about the work to create an editorial calendar all of IABC can draw on to create global conversation.
The Leadership Forum will be a Google Hangout. If you have a Google+ account, just join IABC there to participate. If you don’t have a Google+ account, just tune into YouTube, where it will be broadcasting live.
You’re welcome to submit questions prior to the call on the IABC Chapter Leader Group on LinkedIn. During the call, if you’re in Google+, you’ll be able to participate through the Q&A feature. If you don’t have a Google+ account, you can add a comment to the YouTube view, or you can tweet using the hashtag #IABCieb.
At the opening reception for the 2016 Leadership Institute we unveiled this year’s award winners – big thanks to the Toronto chapter members, who were the evaluators for this year’s awards. Thank you to all the leaders and staff who worked hard to ensure we have another year of fantastic work to recognise.
Chapter Leader of the Year
Leading a Chapter takes a lot of work and commitment. Our chapter leader of the year has taken on various chapter leadership roles, and has developed strategies that have contributed to the success of the chapter. This member’s passion for IABC has inspired others to take on leadership roles within the chapter, which have been critical to the chapter.
This members has provided guidance to board members, and spearheaded a volunteer appreciation program to keep board members engaged. She has been instrumental in planning conferences and events. With her leadership, the chapter has begun seeing a profit from each program, and has built strong relationships within the community in order to ensure chapter success.
She drove the rebranding for the chapter and has been instrumental in revitalizing the website and newsletter communications.
This chapter leader is an outstanding ambassador for IABC. I’m proud to congratulate our Chapter Leader of the Year: Sherry Boyd, Colorado
Regional Leader of the Year
In reviewing nominations for Regional Leader of the Year, one of the things we look for is someone who has gone above and beyond. It is someone who has the ability to rally leaders from around the region, to work together effectively.
The 2016 Region Leader of the Year is someone who has taken a struggling region and built foundations that have allowed the region to grow and prosper. Engagement within the region from chapters, their leaders, and members is extremely high, due to her enthusiasm and passion.
Under her leadership, the region was able to have its first successful regional Leadership Institute in over three years, and coordinate a visit with the IABC Chair to various chapters throughout the region.
The visit programme has received great feedback from chapter leaders and members throughout the region, and has established a stronger engagement among them.
She understands that there are cultural differences among chapter leaders within the region, and has developed relationships with leaders in each chapter in order to ensure she is giving them the support that they need.
Recognizing that not all chapter leaders would have the opportunity to attend the region LI, she organized reports, video and blogging so that chapter leaders would still benefit from the event even in their absence.
This leader has devoted time to creating a connection among chapter leaders in a region that is culturally diverse and geographically challenging, which has led to regional growth. I’m very pleased to announce that our Regional Leader of the Year is: Leanne Joyce, Asia Pacific
Small Chapter of the Year
Newfoundland & Labrador did a fantastic job with Financial Management in 2015. For a small chapter, the team does a good job at setting measurable objectives and goals. The chapter leadership has set policies and practices to ensure transparent reporting, which is an excellent way to build member trust and confidence in board management. Congratulations Newfoundland & Labrador!
With an Excellence Award in Leadership Development, and Merit Awards in Sponsorship, Student Involvement, and Community Involvement, Kansas City had an amazing year in 2015! The chapter has strong practices to develop volunteers, with an aim to prepare them to serve in more senior leadership roles. Leadership is a priority of this chapter, which has paved the way to successful endeavours and a strong overall chapter.
The Dallas Chapter did a fantastic job with Communication and Professional Development in 2015. The chapter does an excellent job at reaching outreach. Dallas has implemented strong plans to offer affordable Professional Development opportunities with valuable subject matter for attendees.
Most likely people have already started the conference well before it kicks off – say, via Twitter. The hashtag is #IABCLI – get stuck in. Like a good library, there are more shelves though, have a look below for some of the going-on-elsewhere / coming-up-soon topics:
P.S. Hat tip to Jane Mitchell for the 3-2-1 thought.
P.P.S. A humourous venn that might be helpful if you’re checking up on your LinkedIn (and other social) presence(s) prior to travelling – be human, banish the buzzwords: