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Lessons Learned as an Executive Director
I wanted to share some of my lessons learned serving for the last three years as the Executive Director of SCAN (Social Community Activities Network).  As a result of this experience, I have become a better consultant and very humbled. Here are my lessons learned and my belief about what leaders need to do either directly or through their team members.

  • Need leadership skills and the ability to make the hard decisions
  • Be passionate about what you are doing
  • Be a good listener
  • Stay up on developments in your field of interest
  • Ability to work with a diverse Board
  • Create a strategic plan and work it
  • Value and grow the agency's staff and volunteers
  • Deliver great customer service
  • Manage from a database / system with a good Rolodex and the ability to provide outcome measurements
  • Embrace technology
  • Be able to fundraise (cash, goods, services and professional volunteers) so the agency is fiscally sound
  • Be able to close the deal and deliver
  • Build collaborations (do not duplicate services, let your partners shine)
  • Know the rules of the game
  • Be respectful of all at all times - say thank you and be sincere
  • Have a succession plan
  • Put your needs out into the universe and they will come back to you

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