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1993 Annual Meeting a Success
More than 40 members attended the 1993 IPMA Annual Meeting June 24 at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. "It was a great time for all" reported Jim Andersen. "Dennis Jones did a super job as emcee, the food was great and we had a good turnout," he said.
Don Dahl kicked off the event with opening comments emphasizing the importance of active member participation. In response to Don's invitation many members volunteered to serve on committees.
Committee reports provided attendees an opportunity to learn first hand what the IPMA has achieved this past year and what is being considered for next year. Accomplishments included the Leadership Education Series, FORUM '92, Executive Conference '92, a very successful membership campaign, high caliber monthly speakers, and reshaping state government information technology management job descriptions.
Hien Hgueyen, Washington Basic Health Care, won two nights accommodations for two at Port Ludlow. Dennis Laine, Department of Health, and John Davidson, Department of Personnel, won IPMA jackets.
Happy New (Fiscal) Year
by Linda Bremer, Secretary
"Ring out the old! Bring in the new!" As I reflect on the end of the biennium and the beginning of a new one, I can't help but ask: What will I do differently this time around? What did I learn that will help me do a better job? What do I know now that I didn't have a clue about two years ago?
A set of tools that I use to provide guidance in these times of rapid change, or as some say, in these times of chaos, is Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective Behavior. Here are some ideas and questions that might provided glimpses of new possibilities and greater results these next two years.
Begin With The End In Mind
Put First Things First
Think Win-Win Or No Deal
Seek First to Understand Before I Seek To Be Understood
Sharpen The Saw
Last year at the IPMA Fall Forum, we had a session on the above seven habits. IPMA is here to provide a network of support for each of us as we strive for greater excellence in carrying out our mission. Let's find ways to work more closely together. Join us and become a part of making IPMA even better and more responsive.
Happy new year!
Successful Managers by
N. A. "Butch" Stüssy
Stephen P. Robbins, author of Organizational Behavior: Concepts, Controversies, and Applications says "... a primary deficiency of business school graduates is not their inability to write, perform analytical studies, or make decisions. It's their people or interpersonal skills."
Many graduates of our business school fails as managers "...more often because they lack solid interpersonal skills than because of inadequate technical competencies. Successful managers must be able to lead, motivate, communicate, work as part of a team, resolve conflicts, and engage in similar interpersonal activities."
To reinforce the importance of interpersonal skills you might be interested to know that a fellow named Fred Luthans conducted a study in 1988 to answer the question "Do managers who move up most quickly in an organization do the same activities and with the same emphasis as those managers who do the best job?
Luthans found managers engage in four activities: traditional management; communication; human resource management; and networking.
Of these activities, according to Luthans, networking "...made the biggest relative contribution to manager success," defined in terms of the speed of promotion within their organization. Human resource management activities made the least relative contribution.
In fact, successful managers spend about 48% of their time "socializing, politicking, and interacting with outsiders" according to Luthans.