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FLEXO Magazine : October 2009
66 FLEXO OCTOBER 2009 www.flexography.org FTA TODAY ENGAGING IDEAS SPI & Leadership Councils Evolving FTA Members Show Strong Interest Calendar As I wrote in my June column, at the Orlando Forum, a Strategic Planning Initiative (SPI) survey addressed a number of broad-based questions regarding the comprehensive bank of products and services that the orga- nization provides to its membership. A total of 430 respon- dents gave us their opinions on SPI and the structure of eight market-specific Leadership Councils that help management direct the present and future activities of the organization. The results of the survey are being used to update the path forward with respect to this vital program and create a new, revitalized infrastructure in order to more effectively develop appropriate value propositions for the membership. With the transition in Board leadership that took place at the Forum, the newly-elected FTA Board Chair-Elect, Greg Platt of GMF Flexo Prepress in Mississauga, ON, Canada, assumed the role of driving the SPI program and coordinating the activities of the member-based Leadership Councils. In July, the FTA management team provided Greg with a sum- mary document expressing its views on the current status of the initiative and recommendations that would make the over- all effort more effective going forward based on the feedback provided in the survey. Through its regularly-scheduled SPI Executive Team meetings---consisting of Greg, Jean Jack- son, Praxair Surface Technologies; David Straten, Advance Packaging Corp.; and Matt Moffett, The Meyers Printing Companies Inc.; along with Doreen Monteleone as the FTA staff liaison---the suggested program modifications were discussed and formalized in order to gain full Board support and acceptance. The very first discovery gleaned was the fact that there is quite a bit of industry support of, and interest in, the organiza- tional Leadership Council system. In a letter to the member- ship circulated over the summer, more than 115 individuals expressed an interest in serving on a Council. This response was great to see and demonstrated a strong desire on the part of the FTA membership to get involved in organizational planning and program execution. Further modifications to the overall program structure are in the process of being planned out in order to more effec- tively accomplish the respective objectives of the SPI program and the Leadership Councils. There was a general agree- ment that the two initiatives, while both essential to the orga- nization, needed to be separated and addressed individually. The Leadership Councils will continue to provide member input to the organization on an ongoing basis. Council lead- ers will work more closely with individual Board members in order to provide a direct pipeline to the Board on Council activities as well as to broaden Board member involvement among the network of Councils. Separately, the SPI program will also continue, yet will not be so closely associated with the Leadership Council struc- ture. The strategic planning process is vital to this organiza- tion and the results that have been realized since the incep- tion of the SPI are numerous. Going forward, the member input generated by the Leadership Councils will be utilized by the Board as it executes its strategic planning endeavors on a periodic basis (likely a four-year cycle). The first round of program modifications have been prepared by the SPI Executive Team and presented to the FTA Board of Directors at its September 17 meeting. A more complete plan is in the process of being formulated which will be addressed by the Board at its final meeting of the year in early December and ultimately be incorporated into the 2010 FTA/FFTA Business Plan. The Board and management team is excited about the future of these two vital organizational planning initiatives. It's not too late to get involved. Why not participate in the leadership process? It's one sure way to have your voice be heard! October 2009 15 Minneapolis, MN Dunwoody College of Technology: FFTA Regional Workshop: FIRST 4.0 on the Go 28-30 Broadview, IL DiTrolio Flexographic Institute: FFTA/DiTrolio Advanced Principles In Flexographic Printing November, 2009 4Seattle, WA Best Western: FFTA Regional Workshop: FIRST 4.0 on the Go May 2010 2-5 Las Vegas, NV Paris Las Vegas : FFTA 2010 Annual Forum 3-4 Las Vegas, NV Paris Las Vegas : INFO*FLEX 2010 Exhibition
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