10 Steps to Professional Success
Congratulations on your new executive position. By now, you have met the CEO, board members, key senior management, top volunteers … and possibly several other stakeholders.
The hiring process might have seemed like it would never end. But you survived and now you must thrive. You now have to determine how to have a positive impact during your first 90 days on the job. It all begins with a candid conversation with your direct report. You need to know the expectations of your boss so there are no missteps. The results of ongoing conversations should be documented for continual reference.
As you learn the ways of your new boss, find out his or her personality, communication style, background and history; who he or she depends on in senior management; who his or her executive assistant is; and how to best engage him or her in private and in public. Be sure to anticipate how to be a step ahead.
To thrive in the beginning of your tenure, follow these important rules:
1. Review the history, results, culture and opportunity for success, and determine a game plan for the total development process.
2. Meet with the CEO and determine his or her comfort level with philanthropy, and determine how to use the CEO on major-gift calls and other engagement opportunities with stakeholders.
3. Use the mission statement as the guiding principle for all fundraising and in all major communication vehicles.
4. Develop an integrated plan to include elements for annual gifts, major gifts and planned gifts, then research and determine after reviewing job descriptions how the staff can fill these roles.
5. Ascertain what resources are available to move the program forward and how to lobby for additional resources while maintaining positive program perceptions.
F. Duke Haddad, EdD, CFRE, is currently associate director of development, director of capital campaigns and director of corporate development for The Salvation Army Indiana Division in Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition, he is also president of Duke Haddad and Associates, LLC, and freelance instructor for Nonprofit Web Advisor.
He has been a contributing author to NonProfit PRO for the past 13 years.
He received his doctorate degree from West Virginia University with an emphasis on education administration, master’s degree from Marshall University with an emphasis in public administration and a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University in business administration, with an emphasis in marketing/management. He has also done post graduate work at the University of Louisville.