As part of IABC’s work to develop strategic communicators, we’re looking at the role that mentoring can play.
Mentoring (and reverse mentoring) can make a difference at all career stages. And it can make a difference at all ages.
Despite that, you might have seen this in CW earlier in the year:
‘Mentoring offers a boost, study says, but few take advantage’
“Organizations with formal programs claim plenty of benefits for the mentors, mentees and the organization as a whole. The mentee benefits most often cited in the study are professional development (36 percent) and a better understanding of organizational culture (30 percent). Top benefits for mentors are “developing new perspectives” (59 percent) and developing leadership skills (49 percent). And organizationally, respondents said the top benefits were higher employee engagement and retention (50 percent) and supporting the growth of high-potential employees (46 percent).” – read more in the Feb 2018 CW
Why? Because many of these chapters are keen to share – and getting more mentoring is a way of IABC having tangible, measurable, long-range impact on life and careers – across the globe. And what’s not to like about that?
To that end there’s a new International Task Force working away. Here’s the team, in reverse alphabetical order:
…and yours truly.
The first order of the day is to map and share existing good practice from chapters and regions. If you’re not already in touch with this team, and you have something to share, be sure to reach out. We’d love to hear from you on the IABC Hub about your experiences being mentored, or mentoring others, through IABC.
Michael Ambjorn, SCMP
The IABC International Executive Board – aka #IABCieb – recently held its eigth 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”.
Carlos Fulcher reported progress on the imminent move of IABC’s headquarters.
This move will save IABC $350,000 in its first year.
In line with strategy, IABC now operates as a virtual organization, with staff located in many places around the US.
This means a smaller office space is required, with the additional benefit of lowering the cost of rent and other overheads.
The relocation process started more than a year ago with the creation of a HQ Relocation Task Force to educate the board on the decision, financial and operational model, and location criteria.
This has been a collaborative effort from staff and the International Executive Board.
There may be some delays in responding to member queries during the move process, and there will be a phone outage on moving day (29 January 2016) when the phone system is relocated. Your patience is appreciated.
The 2016 Leadership Institute is coming up early February and the board is grateful to the Council of Regions who are the programme advisory committee for this strategic investment in our leaders. If you haven’t already, do register now.
The unanimously adopted these recommendations – and also took agreed to deliberate on a number of further ideas brought by the Fellows Task Force. Some of these have also been passed to the Membership Task Force.
The board charged this year’s World Conference Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) with taking things to the next level.
Stacy Wilson, the chair of the PAC, reported strong progress on the preparations for #IABC16. It is a tough job, and I am grateful for all the hard work being put in by Stacy, staff and the wider PAC.
I’m also encouraged by the number of sponsors and exhibitors signing up to support. We have room for more though! Please help spread the word.
Hope to see you there!
Let’s #createconnection like never before.