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 Management Minute

Supposing is good, but finding out is better. Mark Twain

In the last Management Minute, I promised to share some highlights from what we've learned so far during our strategic planning member engagement process. To be truthful, it's a bit overwhelming. I'm not going to fulfill my promise completely just yet. You gave us much to think about and to use to get organized for the next iterations of our planning. Trust me, you're helping us 'find out' and not just 'suppose.' But, there are some things that are important for you to know now.

Your every comment, your every contribution to a discussion – virtual or in person – has mattered and will make a difference.

The inputs received by social media, e-mail, live interviews at AMCHP 2015, regional teleconferences and the in-person regional meetings were tremendous. So amazing, in fact, that we're going to need some time and professional help sifting through the massive data and emerging with broader themes and concepts. I know absolutely that many of these themes and concepts will shape our 2015-2018 strategic plan. Some of this feedback may help us think about high-level strategies including mission and vision, while others may help us hone in on operational level activities.

The engagement process has worked and will continue to work.

We've receive a lot of healthy feedback that you felt energized by the regional and other discussions. There were comments that the regional lunch discussions felt purposeful in ways that have not been experienced for some time. The dialogues and conversations were rich. The opportunities to network and share thoughts among colleagues was useful. We want and need more of this and will continue to provide opportunities for all of you to keep providing thoughts and ideas.

It's not over – ever.

Planning for the future of AMCHP is just like the planning each of us does in our own lives. It's ongoing and perpetual, it changes with time and experience and life's happenings, and the future is often altered by our shifting environments and what's happening in our lives from one year to the next. Perhaps the most exhilarating thing I've heard from you so far is that you LIKE this. You enjoy contemplating the future, considering the hurdles and opportunities, thinking about what your needs are now and later. So, we're going to keep at this and consider our planning together to be something of a routine. The questions may change over time, but you're going to have lots of chances to keep engaged and to continue to add your mark to this organization well beyond this year.

We don't know what we don't know.

This is often referred to as the known unknown. In some cases, it can be oddly comforting once you accept that we simply cannot account for unknowns. We can only be realistic and recognize that they are out there. But, we can be large thinkers. Given our love and passion for making things better for moms, dads, kids and families, we all have the capacity to envision better health outcomes, improved well-being, and healthy children and healthy families living in healthy communities. So, even if we don't quite know what we don't know in terms of the future, it's okay. We work with what we do know, envision where we'd like to ultimately be, and figure out what it takes to get there.

It's not too late to dialogue with us! We'll continue to listen and learn from you leading up to the June Board meeting when the strategic plan will be finalized. You are encouraged to respond in any number of ways:

EMAIL.pngSend a personal e-mail response to amchpengage@amchp.org

 FB.pngVisit AMCHP on Facebook and post a comment on our wall

TWITTER.pngTweet your feedback, comments, input to this question to #amchpengage or tweet to @amchpceo

SHARE.png Visit the Strategic Engagement SharePoint site for more opportunities to be part of the strategic planning conversation. You can revisit all of the strategic engagement key questions and complete our survey.

Comments, counterpoints, suggestions, or thoughts are always welcomed. E-mail me at lfreeman@amchp.org.