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Title: The Dead President's Society: Chapter Succession Planning

The Dead President's Society Chapter Succession
  • Course Code
  • As a courtesy to other participants,
  • please turn cell phones and pagers to silent mode
  • Thank You

  • At the end of the session the participant will
  • 1. Describe the concept of succession planning.
  • 2. Discuss relevancy of incorporating succession
    planning into chapter strategic planning
  • 3. Explore opportunities for hardwiring
    succession planning activities into chapter

Succession Planning
  • Succession planning is a process whereby your
    chapter ensures that members are recruited and
    developed to fill each key role within the

Succession Planning should..
  • Recruit new members
  • Retain current members
  • Develop skill sets
  • Role model leadership competencies

AACN Leadership Competencies
  • Self-Leadership to assess, manage and develop
    yourself in order to preserve and optimize
    relationships and add value to the outcomes of
    ones organization.
  • Global Thinking to think beyond your current
    role and practice and apply new perspectives that
    will improve and optimize your role and practice.
  • Consensus Building to achieve practical
    consensus within groups to promote strong
    teamwork and garner commitment and participation
    of others to achieve solutions and effect
    positive change.
  • Delivering Effective Messages to deliver
    effective messages in order to motivate others to
    thought and action.
  • Knowing and Committing to AACN to demonstrate
    knowledge and commitment to the mission, values
    and work of AACN in order to optimize outcomes
    for nurses and patients and their families.

So what are the obstacles to good succession
  • Competing obligations, time, resources
  • Not enough of you to go aroundleaders wearing
    multiple hats
  • Recycling of chapter leaders
  • The hidden agenda in our work life we may
    actually be competitors which can lead to an
    atmosphere of distrust amongst members of the
    chapter and/or chapter leaders
  • Lack of forethought

  • Quint Studer of the The Studer Group
  • Creating a Culture of Service and Operational
    Excellence that drives results
  • Hardwire The process by which a chapter
    integrates actions and beliefs into the routine
    operations to ensure it becomes a habit and is
  • Best way to hardwire..chapter calendar. 

Hardwiring Calendar
  • Recruitment
  • Membership drive
  • Visits to schools of nursing or hospitals
  • Retention
  • Educational programs
  • Taste of NTI members that attend speak at the
    next chapter meeting.bring back pictures, poster
    of what they learned, or give-aways from exhibit
  • Recognition of member achievement CCRN
    Luncheon, Circle of excellence awards for your
  • Professional Development
  • Support chapter leaders to attend Leadership
  • Role model
  • Coaching and mentoring time

July 2007
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Strategic planning
Membership Drive
Board meetings
Reporting deadlines
Strategic Planning
  • A systematic methodology to plan future Chapter
  • Establish a 1-3 year vision for the chapter
  • Evaluate previous activities
  • Plan Programs
  • Meet needs of the Membership
  • Analyze function of the chapter operations
  • Identify resources and how they will be used

Strategic Planning Process
  • Assessment Collect some information before your
  • Understand your demographics of your members
  • Copy of financial expenditures from last year
  • Survey members of your chapter
  • AACN Resources
  • WWW.AACN.ORG/Chapters
  • http//
  • Chapter Advisor for your Region

Strategic Planning Process Assessment of Chapter
  • Prepare for your strategic planning meeting
  • Agenda
  • Activities
  • Refreshments
  • A place free of distractions, pleasant,
  • A home
  • Community meeting place library, school
  • Hotel conference room
  • Avoid a hospital meeting room unless offsite

Strategic Planning Process
  • Get key players together
  • Communicate ahead of time
  • get commitment to participate
  • Time frame
  • Agenda with time limits
  • Establish ground rules
  • Commit to working and having fun

Strategic Planning
  • Ice breakers
  • Dinner Party
  • Starfish story

Strategic Planning Process Select a tool/ method
  • SWOT Analysis - brainstorming technique to
    generate a list to identify
  • Strengths of your chapter/community/members
  • Weaknesses
  • Opportunities programs, growth, activities
  • Threats what could prevent accomplishments
  • GAP Analysis
  • how far is chapter from goal
  • What actions steps are necessary to reach goal?

Gap Analysis
Type Item Is there a gap? Y/N Why is this important? Whats your evidence to support making it a priority?
Opportunity Chapter recognizes member accomplishments Y Chapter best practice initiative identified from LDW _at_ NTI
Threat Decreasing chapter membership Y Survey of nurses identified that people want to join but dont know what your chapter is doing
Weakness Made the not in good standing list last year Y Last President had to submit reports late in order to attend LDW at NTI
Strategic Planning Process Develop your plan
  • Brainstorm action steps
  • Identify person responsible
  • Set Goals.think SMART

Strategic Planning Process
  • Creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals
  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable (but consider stretch goals)
  • Realistic
  • Time Frame
  • Increase chapter membership by 10 in 12 months.
  • Offer a CCRN review course by January 2008.
  • Coordinate fundraisers to raise 2,000 for NTI
    scholarships by February 2008.

Gap Analysis Becomes Action plan
Criteria , Threat or Opportunity Action Steps Who Time Frame
Demonstrates meaningful recognition of member accomplishments Certification Luncheon Local Circle of Awards Hospitality Chairman President January 2008 April 2008
Remain in good standing with national AACN Financial Membership New officer list Treasurer Membership Chair President 11/ 15, 2/15 5/15, 8/ 15 1/1 5/15
Strategic Planning Process Implementation
  • Make a commitment to implement your plan
  • Periodically evaluate progress
  • is the evaluation process hardwired into your
    chapter operations?
  • Ex Make action plan review part of each board

"O' Captain, My Captain".. Be the leader you
wish to see
  • How do your members and your institution leaders
    view your chapter and chapter activities?
  • Do members believe that your activities are
    relevant to their issues?
  • Do you listen, are you visible, do you layer
  • Does your chapter take on issues challenging
    institutions in your community?
  • Ask nurse leaders in your institutions and
    academic programs for their insights
  • Communicate that you share common goals

"O' Captain, My Captain".. Be the leader you
wish to see
  • Do institutional leaders support you directly or
    indirectly .. Have you asked for that support?
  • Are institutional leaders members of your
  • Let them know that you are trying to create
    leadership skills for the next generation of
    nurse leaders
  • If leaders reimburse for education fees, ask them
    to only sponsor at the member rate
  • Recognized on Performance Evaluations
  • Be patient.A No today could be a Yes tomorrow

Is your chapter a Healthy Work Environment?
  • Skilled communication
  • True collaboration
  • Effective decision making
  • Appropriate staffing
  • Meaningful recognition
  • Authentic leadership

Role modeling leadership It's as easy as PIE
Performance Are you meeting the needs of your
Exposure Is your chapter visible and do members
know what you are doing?
Image Is chapter considered a positive
influence in community?
Chapter Success-ion Stories
  • Greater Phoenix Area Chapter
  • Houston Gulf Coast Chapter
  • Greater New Orleans Chapter
  • Greater Birmingham Chapter
  • Region 5
  • Three Rivers Chapter

Inspiring the next generation Greater Phoenix
Area Chapter
  • Sue Hurst RN MSN CCRN CNRN
  • Their theme for 2006-2007
  • Instilling hope and care in the next generation
  • How they hardwire their theme into operations
  • Theme is on their website
  • Formally mentor new Board members over 6 months
    so that they can learn their new roles before
    stepping into their role
  • Engage nursing students in board meetings for
    learning leadership skills

Banking on Success Houston Gulf Coast Chapter
Points Activity
1 Attendance at chapter meeting
1 Attendance at Board Meeting
1 Attendance at committee meeting
5 Write article for newsletter
10 Do an educational presentation
1 Recruit a member
5 CCRN/PCCN (one time)
10 Officer or committee chairman
When recycling may be ok Greater New Orleans
  • Problem..Hurricane Katrina
  • Lost a lot of members
  • Existing members really challenged with competing
  • Needed strong leadership to keep chapter going
  • Solution..Tap into previous leaders with great
    experience to handle the difficult transition
  • Past President and past Chapter Advisor Liz
    Stevens RN BSN CCRN elected to the 2007-2008

Birmingham Chapter -Sharon Watson
  • Chapter collaborated with Capstone College School
    of Nursing at University of Alabama through
    chapter member Dr. Angela Collins to introduce
    students to the power of professional
  • Essay contest for students offering 3 academic
  • Free AACN membership for 1 year
  • AACN College network night 40 students
  • Benefits of membership to a professional nursing
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Nurse Link program to tutor students in certain
  • Poster - CS211 Engaging The Next Generation
  • In The Power Of

Leadership Development
  • Region 5 (NC, SC) Jan Teal, RN-BC, MSN, CCRN
  • Healthy Chapter Environments
  • Conflict Management
  • Strategic Planning

Three Rivers Chapter in Pittsburgh - Merrikay
  • Celebrated their 25th Anniversary on May 10
  • 25 different Presidents. No repeats. 
  • The board consists of 10-12 people in various
    positions. Sometimes the new person is added as a
  • Board structure has a succession plan of offices
    held as the person advances up the board
  • Recruit members during educational programs and
    CCRN-PCCN Review Courses
  • At college fairs - set up a booth and talk to
    nursing students about the benefits of nursing. 
  • Future Vision - They hope to start going to high
    schools and invite the Future Nurses Clubs to
    some on our educational offerings.

Greater New Orleans Chapter The Minute Men
Michelle Rihner
  • President BSN CCRN
  • Chapter Advisor -Denise Bonura-Henry BSN CCRN
  • Engaging members in chapter activities
  • President chairs Minute Man Committee
  • Staffing or Labor Pool for chapters
  • Members sign up anytime on a roster and may be
    called for special projects or tasks
    registration, picking up items, etc.
  • Can say no with out guilt

The Dead President's Society
  • Past Presidents retire, but remain as advisor to
    the president
  • How it works..the Dead Presidents remain visible
  • Attend Board meetings
  • Phone call or email away to the current president
  • have a lunch away just to talk
  • Whats in it for current leaders?
  • Resource Does not have a vote, but can offer
    perspective, experience and insightbut its
    always the boards decision
  • Reassurance to the next leader Ive got your
    back, Man!!
  • Whats in it for The Dead President
  • still valued and respected for their service to
    the community
  • Note of caution
  • Sometimes need to step back and let others fly
  • Let the board take the direction and dont get
    hung up on how it used to be
  • Consider channeling talents to the next level as
    a regional or national volunteer

Speaking of Succession PlanningSo, whats next
for you???
  • Transition leadership skills into a career
  • Interested in learning how to become involved at
    the regional or national level?

AACN Volunteer Descriptions
  • Purpose of the Group
  • Charges of the Group
  • Qualifications for membership
  • Application/selection process
  • Function of the Staff Liaison
  • Workload and timeline

AACN Work Groups
  • AACN Board Liaison Program
  • API Work Group (formally the advanced practice
  • Awards Review Panel
  • Chapter Advisory Team
  • Continuing Education Review Panel
  • Distinguished Lecturer Panel
  • Ethics Work Group (not meeting in FY08)
  • Healthy work Environment Standards Work Group
    (not meeting in FY08)
  • NTI Work Group
  • Research and Creative Solutions
    Abstract Review Panel
  • Research Grant Review Panel
  • Evidence Based Practice Resource Work Group
    (Group formerly Research Work Group)
  • Scholarship Review Panel