June’s topic is seizing the opportunity for process improvement. This is fifth of Major General Smith’s six areas of emphasis.
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In previous months, we have talked about a variety of issues including professionalism, relevance, and partnerships. One backbone that helps us accomplish all our missions is a strong financial standing.
The third area of emphasis in Major General Smith’s plan is a continued effort on recruiting and retention. This area of emphasis has three parts: recruiting, retention, and diversity. He wants to see CAP grow so we can perform missions for all our new partners! We grew by 5% in CY17. He wants to continue to grow but also to keep the members we have. He would also like to increase our diversity so that we look more like the communities we serve. How can you help with these initiatives?
Major General Smith’s second area of emphasis is to grow, strengthen, and sustain our partnerships.
Last month, we talked about the credo Major General Smith introduced in San Antonio. This month I want to touch on his first area of emphasis which is institutional excellence in mission accomplishment.
I am excited for the new year in North Central Region. It can be a little tricky to balance CAP duties with work duties in January as it is a very busy time at the college also, preparing for the spring semester to begin. Speaking of beginnings, I wanted to take a little time in my column to talk about the six areas of emphasis that Major General Smith unveiled when he took command in late August 2017. We have had a bit of time to think about and understand his vision and how it impacts us as members. Over the next six months, I want to discuss his credo and his areas of emphasis in more detail.
October was a busy month! The cavalcade of calls continued and my travel schedule increased as well. This allowed me to visit some amazing events and see some great volunteers in action!
I am going to combine August/September as it will mainly focus on the Command Council meeting in San Antonio, which bridges the two months.