Collins, Brian, Journal of Environmental Health
My last president's message focused on leadership and certain attributes I believe contribute to developing and maintaining leadership skills. This column I dedicate to the NEHA team because leaders need others to get things done! "Others" are the team!
Most people cannot achieve what they want or need to do by themselves. Leaders need teams to get things done. Strong leaders recruit their team and I have observed that well-composed teams are comprised of those with similar attributes, attitudes, and drive. High-efficiency team members are generally high achievers who are motivated and motivate (competitively) each other. Leader responsibility is to set direction and empower the team. Team responsibility is to learn the task (business) and know what priorities exist. It is important too, for team members to know how their work strategically fits into the bigger picture. In addition, the team needs to know where the end zone is!
Once the team is established, it is crucial to sustain the team. The vision or big picture should remain although teams should be flexible enough to change tack readily. Team members should have specific skills they contribute and it is beneficial to have members who have skills independent of one another so they become codependent (they can learn from each other) and yet maintain quality of individual contribution and involvement. Similarities in morale, energy, and focus are helpful to maintaining teams. Rewards for the team should match stature of the task. Victories should be celebrated along the way individually and with the group. Participation on the team should be considered a privilege, not a chore. A public thank you is essential and trust and commitment among the team and leaders are critical!
I have learned over the years that very specific things can quickly and easily tear a team down. Focusing on process rather than outcomes and focusing on the negatives are destructive. It is important to keep the prize in mind and to stay constructive. Teams also fall apart if they they are not supported or if there is little buy-in from leaders or managers. Credibility is important as are rewards ... and rewards do not always have to be monetary!
It has taken me a while to get to the point of this column: the NEHA organization over the years has been developed and honed into a sophisticated, high-efficiency and high-performing team. As a member of this professional association and certainly as the sitting president, I can attest that the professionals listed and the leadership that enables them are "best of breed." I choose to affiliate with this team as a board member. Most of you choose to illustrate your support through continued membership. But next time you have a chance, drop a note or make call--remember, a thank you goes a long way! This NEHA team is a great one! Mi
Brian Collins, MS, REHS, DAAS
TABLE 1 The NEHA Team Name Position Rance Baker Program Administrator Trisha Bramwell Customer & Member Services Specialist Laura Brister Customer & Member Services Specialist/AEC Registration Coordinator Ginny Coyle Project Coordinator, Research & Development (R&D) Jill Cruickshank Marketing and Communications Manager Vanessa DeArman Project Coordinator, R&D Cindy Dimmitt Receptionist/Customer & Member Services Specialist Elizabeth Donoghue- Copy Editor Armstrong Misty Duran Continuing Education (CE) Specialist Chris Fabian Senior Manager Nelson Fabian Executive Director and CEO Eric Fife Learning Content Producer Soni Fink Strategic Sales Coordinator Christine Hollenbeck Independent Contractor Genny Homyack Center Analyst Sandie Hubbard Credentialing Specialist Jon Johnson Senior Manager Dawn Jordan Customer Service Manager/ Office Coordinator/HR and IT Liaison Elizabeth Landeen Assistant Manager, R&D Larry Marcum Managing Director, R&D and Government Affairs Marissa Mills Project Assistant, R&D Carol Newlin Credentialing Specialist Terry Osner Administrative Coordinator Barry Porter Financial Coordinator Kristen Ruby Content Editor, JEH Jill Schnipke Education Coordinator Douglas Skinner Internet Marketing Coordinator Christi Tate Water Resources Project Coordinator, R&D Brenda Voloshin EZ Sales & Training Support Shelly Wallingford Credentialing Coordinator Name Position Description Rance Baker Oversees Entrepreneurial Zone (EZ) which includes credential study and food safety material, online learning, HACCP materials and support, and a variety of revenue programs. …