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is unique by itself, including two planned retirements, the simultaneous turnover isconcerning to individuals inside and outside of the organization. The expected turnover
cycles of today’s employment market do not create hope that we will attract and retain
highly qualified people for extended periods of time in key executive positions; however,we must take into consideration ways to better prepare for turnover and viablereplacements. The next bullet will address this.
Focus on internal succession planning and development: Previous pointsaddressed the need for ongoing professional development for the general good of theorganization (both now and in the future). In several cases, however, this developmentcan and should be targeted to find individuals who can succeed upper managers andexecutives as turnover takes place. On the one hand, it is good to bring in a mix ofoutside talent to generate new ideas with fresh perspectives. On the other hand, thecollege has incredible up and coming talent throughout the organization, and if we are toretain them long-term, we need to provide them with promotional opportunities. The prosto internal promotional succession (e.g., less time to ramp up in new position, betterunderstanding of the organization, more qualified in several aspects) outweigh theconcerns that might arise from such a focus (e.g., suggestions of favoritism asindividuals are promoted over others in the organization).
Strategic strengthening is needed: NIC has much strength as an organization. Thereare so many great attributes that attract employees to NIC, yet we sometimes fail tocapitalize on them as we manage our culture. As NIC engages in the strategic planningportion of the strategy process, we advocate for the primary focus of promoting thatwhich is good. For example, as an organization, NIC exists in one of the most beautifulareas in the world. We promote positive relationships, encourage professionaldevelopment, and seek to deliver great education.Finally, we have plans for ongoing activities to engage and promote communication and apositive culture within the college through the remainder of the current fiscal year andthroughout the next year.
Other events happening on campus:
What is the spark that makes people move, create, and live life to the fullest? The week ofMarch 13, Cardinal Connections presented The Spark: Connecting with Creativity with the goalof helping the North Idaho College and local communities find what sparks some of us toconnect with our own creativity.This event included the following presentations:
Steve Jobs (as presented by Journalism instructor Geoff Carr) stopped by to tell the story ofhow creativity inspired him.
Bill Jhung, director of North Idaho College Idaho Small Business Development Center,moderated a panel discussion regarding innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship inbusiness.
Pat Lippert, Philosophy instructor, presented Genius and the Heart of the Matter: All Life is
Artistic. This is based on Elizabeth Gilbert’s
Eat, Pray, Love
. We need to show up forlife every day.