Implementation of my Innovative Project Grant: Tools for Operational Success
Friday August 8, 2014, before the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, I implemented the Innovate Project Grant (IPG) that I wrote, in my role as Public Relations Chair for the ACS Division of Small Chemical Businesses. My IPG was funded in the Fall of 2013.
The goal of Tools for Operational Success is to
provide the executive committee of the Small Chemical Businesses Division with dedicated
ACS Leadership Development System™ training courses.
We have developed this Tools for Operational Success to
assist us as we begin our journey to develop our SCHB strategic vision for 2014
and beyond. Recognizing that we need additional volunteers to fill executive
committee positions as well as both engage current members and increase new
members, we began to utilize our collective talents as business owners and
managers, by incorporating strategies that we each use on a daily basis in
running our small chemical businesses and applying these to operating the SCHB.
Advance submission of written reports has aided in improved time management
during monthly conference calls, we are working towards the formation of
committees to encourage volunteers and foster leadership development within our
Division, as well as an increase of Patron Memberships. Having dedicated, ACS
training at the National Meeting will provide us with the tools that we
are lacking. We will produce an Officer’s Manual based on the written reports,
the group exercises and IPG follow-up implementation conference calls that
occur after the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco. Tools for Operational Success will serve as a visioning session for the direction of the Division beyond 2014.