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Messages President Danny Bell
April 8, 2020
Dear Fellow Society of CPM members,
I hope that this message finds you all doing well considering the circumstances that we are all facing in today’s world. Most of you are likely working from home during this public health crisis. I trust that we are all being as safe as we can!
As leaders, we must ensure that our teams have what they need to be successful when working remotely. Are team members properly challenged? Are we maintaining adequate contact with them to “check-in” and ensure they have interactions with others? Do they have proper equipment, space to work and good lighting? Are our team members staying healthy (proper ergonomics, moving around a bit, exercise, etc.)?
For me, most of my team already teleworked one day a week so I was sure they had the resources they needed. But I always worked from the office – so this was a big change for me. To help me hone my skills as a remote leader, I took the opportunity to attend several web-based seminars on the topic. There are many resources out there that offer free webinars. I have attended several seminars, that were offered by HRDQ-U and found them to be informative. I also extracted many of their points/suggestions use as I learn to manage remotely. There are also excellent webinars offered by Herrmann.
I just wanted to check in with you all in hopes that you are finding your way as you lead from afar. I am certainly not the expert in this space – I’m guessing that many of you have far more experience with this than me. Let’s help each other by sharing some ideas.
I will start a thread in our Teams site and list the resources I mentioned above. I challenge you to add resources that you have found to be helpful. This is a way that we can help guide each other through “uncharted territory” – we can learn from each other and together we will make it through these challenges. I look forward to seeing your suggestions! Take care. Stay safe and let’s all work to flatten the curve!
With warmest regards,
Danny Bell, NCSCPM President
March 12, 2020
Fellow Society Members,
The North Carolina Society of Certified Public Managers® exists to promote fellowship and cooperation in public service.
I am both humbled and honored to serve this year as the president of the NCSCPM and I thank you for your support.
Just over a month ago, we had our annual general membership where we installed the officers and board members for this year. It was refreshing to see new faces – both new to the society as well as new to the Board of Directors. I appreciate those who committed to carving out a little time out of their already busy calendars to serve as officers and board members for this year. I look forward to a successful and active were working with you all in the society.
We also began setting up the seven permanent committees. Each of them has at least some members and the committee chair has been assigned. Some of the committees are just big enough to be viable but could use more members. This is where I am asking for your help.
Please review the excerpt (attached) from Section 4.08 of the NCSCPM Constitution and Bylaws - Standard Operating Procedures. A full explanation of each committee can be found in Sections 5.09 - 5.15. I respectfully you to consider donating a little of your time and talent to strengthen these committees. There is no real limit on the size of most committees (some have minimums set in the SOPs) so there are plenty of opportunities to participate. The meeting cadence will be decided upon by the committee with the approval of the chair. Each committee chair will report progress to the board of directors during the monthly Board of Directors (BOD) meetings. When applicable, the BOD will approve expenditures, help eliminate barriers and provide other guidance as needed.
Please feel free to reach out to me or to one of the committee chairpersons (Committee listing link below) to let us know what committee on which you might like to serve. We look forward to hearing from you.
2020 Board of Directors Installed
The 2020 Board of Directors were installed at the Society's annual meeting held on January 22, 2020 at the OSHR Learning and Development Center on Peace St in Raleigh, NC.
President, Danny Bell, NC Department of Information Technology
Past President, Terry Bell, NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences
President-Elect, Joel Jordan, NC Office of State Human Resources
Secretary, Kim Gillespie, NC Department of Transportation
Treasurer, Charlene Dixon, NC State Treasurer
Nancy Astrike, Office of State Human Resources
Bill Bailey, Retired
Wrenie Bratts-Brown, NC Department of Health and Human Services
Amy Chapman, NC Department of Environmental Quality
Jeremy Poplawski, NC Department of Environmental Quality
Sarah Smith, UNC System Office
Reed Altman, Office of State Human Resources, ex-officio
We are anticipating a variety of events in 2020, including the Annual Meeting, Fall Conference, and multiple Lunch and Learn sessions.
Thank you for your continued interest and membership. Please let us know if you have any questions.
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