Wow - 2017 is here!

As we look forward to what will unfold in the coming year, I’d like to take a minute to reflect on how we ended the past year. We had the great honor of working with the Dean of the School of Government at UNC-CH on two leadership searches. It was exciting to learn about the amazing asset that North Carolina has in this organization and with Dean Smith’s vision there is even more to look forward to!

We also assisted the Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro board with the search to replace their retiring CEO. They selected Elinvar despite our lack of specific hospice experience and by embracing our partnership with them, we accomplished a timely and successful transition.

We appreciate all of the organizations who trust Elinvar to handle your critically important leadership challenges and look forward to continuing our work with you in 2017!

Elinvar’s New Website
Please take a minute to explore our new website at www.elinvar.com. Thank you to everyone who contributed to our case studies by offering your testimonials. We hoped to tell our story through you and are humbled by your generous support and kind words. 

Elinvar’s Philanthropic Round Table Series: A How to on Nonprofit Succession & Transition
These morning discussions are for Executive Directors,CEO’s and Board leaders who want to learn more about how to plan and execute a successful leadership transition for their organization. Please save these dates for any of the topics you may want to explore with us and we will send you an invitation as each event approaches. The gatherings will be held at Elinvar from 9:00 – 10:30 am on the following dates:

March 3, 2017 Preparing for a CEO retirement
April 7, 2017 Leadership Search do's & don'ts
May 5, 2017 After the Search
June 2, 2017 Stepping into the Board Chair Seat

Action - Purpose - Courage

These are the words that are on our minds as we begin a new year with a dramatic leadership change taking place in our capital this week. A friend of mine sent me the link to the recently discovered tape of Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech that he made in London prior to receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. I encourage you to listen to this timely message. 

There are many gems in this address and a few that I would like to point out as I believe they can be helpful as we all consider our strategies for making an impact in 2017.

First, Dr. King’s point that “Human progress never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and the persistent work of dedicated individuals.” The context of his quote is the concept that we may be willing to assume that time will take care of the problems we see in our society. Of course, if we are not part of a solution then we are part of the problem. (I’m not sure who said that but I think it is important to remember this the next time we are discouraged and considering not taking action!) 

This leads to the next point when Dr. King said that “It may well be that our whole world is in need at this time for a new organization—the International Association for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment!” This made me smile. If by not accepting the status quo we are seen as maladjusted – good! The IAACM may be the best movement yet.

Finally, one of my favorite quotes from Dr. King that did not come from this speech can continue to be our guide in our work, our community, and daily life:

Best wishes for a wonderful New Year from your maladjusted friend, Patti.