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Today’s Agenda• The Importance of Transitioning• Effective Transitioning Practices• Long Term Transitioning Plans• Personal Transitioning Activities
IntroductionsPlease stand up and share your:• Name• Year• Organization and role• One thing you hope to get out of this breakout session!
Why is Transitioning Important?• Student organization timelines are short – One year terms with four year visions• Continued organizational improvement• Organizational consistency• Benefits organization’s morale
Important Elements• Gain mutual respect and support for each other’s opinions and goals• Set agreed to goals and objectives for the outcome of transitioning• Include tasks/operations basics as well as visioning and goal setting!• It is a mutual process – do not dominate• Ideally, transitioning is a full-term process!
Challenge (Incoming)• The process• Yourself• Strive to make it better – Always room for improvement – Look at it as an opportunity• Leave a lasting impression
Support (Outgoing)• Be a sounding board• Be honest & realistic about the job• YOU are needed• If you didn’t get re-elected – Don’t let it become a barrier – Go the extra mile to let the person know you’re there – Understand that things happen for a reason, and another door will be opened if you allow it.
Create a TimelineTime What to expectA monthprior toofficeTaking office1st month1st quarterSummerLast monthin office
The 4 S’s of Transitioning Situation Self Support Strategies
Methods of Execution• One-on-One Meetings• Group Meetings• Written Forms (online/electronic/paper)• Retreat• Facilitated Programs• Troubleshooting: What if you plan these things and your like-officer doesn’t participate?
Strategic Transition Planning• Keeping thorough documentation throughout officer term – don’t assume people know!• Do SWOT analysis after events and/or mid year• Keep track of contacts and successful processes• Program Summary Forms – Example: Student Alumni Council
ACTIVITY! Personal Transition Strategies• Write down: – How your current officer transition works. – The questions and concerns you have about your transition process.• Break up into groups to discuss and problem solve. – SLA facilitators will walk around to assist
Key Ingredients• Passing on advice and taking advice• Many different methods but written is more sustainable• What else? Other ideas from your own experience?
ACTIVITY! Preparing for Transitioning In5 – Goals: list 5 goals you personally have for this role.4 – Surprises: ask what 4 things that happened that they didn’t anticipate. What did they learn from these?3 – What I wish I knew: ask what 3 things they wish they knew before this role, and how that information impacted their performance.
Conversation Prep. Continued2 – Continuing the Vision: list what 2 things you wish to continue from the past term, and write down what questions do you have for the current officer about those processes.1 – Passion: write down the ‘why’ (or purpose) statement for your work in this role. Ask the outgoing officer for feedback on your purpose; does it match up with the actual purpose of the role?
Overview• Officer Transitioning is critical to your organization’s success.• The process will take time. It is a full-term commitment!• YOU are important to the process.• Sharing advice and information is invaluable.• RESOURCES: – SLA facilitators for workshops or transition sessions – Your Advisor – can provide continuity/perspective – Coca-Cola Retreat Packages for officer retreats!