Welcome the Class of 2007!

July 5, 2006

We have been dilligently reviewing applications and conducting interviews to narrow the fine group of applicants, hence the lack of posts.  Now, we have done our work as a selection committee and are ready to present to you the Class of 2007.  Here they are:

Laura Bonds

Leann Gordy

Lillian Johnson

Twan Jones

Kam McHugh

Dean Moore

Carolyn Ray

Linda Scott

Nathan Tipton

Keshia Williams

And what a wonderful group it is.  We have high expectations.  Here’s hoping that you discover your true leadership style.  Here’s hoping that you unlock hidden talents and conquer long-held fears.  Here’s hoping you bond into a formidible group of future leaders!

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Managers, How Do You Lead?

May 9, 2006

One of the inevitable questions managers ask themselves is "how to do I model for my staff?"  Good leaders are concerened with the examples they set for the staff in their charge.  They want to motivate staff, provide direction and vision, and demonstrate a commitment to that vision.  So, as leaders in our Library, what can you do to lead your staff?

One important thing you can do is encourage your staff to apply for the LEAP program.  Let them know you value their contribution and have recognized their abilities.  By giving them your support, you are letting them know they are an asset to our system and deserve an opportunity to grow into a leadership position.  This demonstrates commitment to your staff and to the goals of our system. 

The staff will gain invaluable information and experience that will serve your agency well.  They will be armed with a renewed commitment to "satisfying the customer's need to know," while, at the same time, serving as a representative for agency! 


Why Would You Want to Be in LEAP?

May 3, 2006

I have received quite a few calls this week regarding the application process.  Most were matter of fact questions about having supervisors sign off, the deadline, etc.  But, I had one very interesting question.  "What is going to happen to those who are graduating from the current class?"  In other words, how did they benefit?

 The question gave me pause.  Really what the person was asking was, "What's in it for me?" or WIIFM.  As a trainer, I understand the importance of this concept.  Much of our motivation for learning new concepts, accepting new responsibilities, enrolling in classes, etc. revolves around this question.  Instinctively, I feel that true leaders are motivated intrinsically.  A leader does the right thing because it is right.  A leader avails himself of learning opportunities for self improvement.

However, one cannot discount the importance of the WIIFM.  So, here are some great reasons why you should apply for the program:

  • Candid insight into the history and philosophy of the Library system, as told by its current leadership
  • Continual opportunities to learn new communication skills and techniques, and improve on existing ones
  • Gain a deeper understanding of public relations as it relates to libraries
  • Learn who our major collaborators are
  • Have an opportunity to shadow and model current library leaders

These are just a few of the reasons why you want to consider being a part of this great program.


Applications are available

April 24, 2006

I sent out the applications last week.  Last year, we had 37 interested applicants.  Not bad for the first year.  With word of mouth and encouragement from all levels throughout the system, we are expecting a larger pool this year. 

The process will be the same as last year.  Interested staff must complete the application, and be sure to submit with a letter of recommendation attesting to his/her leadership potential.  This letter may come from someone outside the system. 

After the applications have been screened, a group of interviewers will be selected.  The pool will be narrowed to 20.  These finalists will be interviewed individually to determine suitability for the program.  Ultimately, the 12 members of the class of 2007 will be selected from the process.

So, if you are interested, please go ahead and complete the application.  You can download a copy by following this link:

http://www.memphislibrary.org/intranet/StaffD/Leadership%20Application.pdf

Do something positive for your career–LEAP!