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BY GARY GANDEE,
CIRCUIT RIDER #2

Planning for the Future

daughter's college graduation this past
May and as I watched with pride and mixed emotions when
she walked across the stage to accept her Bachelor's degree,
I couldn't help but wonder where the time went and what the
future will hold for both of us. Would she enter the workforce
full time or continue with her education? Have I done my best
as a parent to help prepare her for the future? Regardless of
her choices, the fact is both our lives are changing and the
decisions we make and planning we do today will help shape
our futures.
As leaders, we have the responsibilities to prepare our staff
and organizations for the ever-changing future. Employees
are retiring or leaving to seek other opportunities. It is our
responsibility to ensure that our organizations can continue
to operate efficiently and that we have employees on hand
ready and waiting to fill those roles.
Below are three aspects of planning for future growth every
organization must have:
Strategic thinking - There must be a concerted effort placed
on thinking about next steps for the organization. If strategic
thinking isn't a leader's strength, someone in the organization
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must be delegated the task of strategically thinking forward.
The future is coming...things are changing...and the organization must be able to strategically respond.
Flexibility and adaptability - Today's leader must remain
flexible enough to adapt to change quickly. Most likely the
plans you set today will be altered in some way tomorrow.
As a leader, you must be open to change personally and learn
how to lead others to embrace change within the organization.
Staffing and team-building - An organization will only
be as good as its people, so the future is dependent on attracting and retaining the best people. Great leaders are planning
ahead for staffing needs, and are always on the lookout for
good people and intentionally seeking to develop new leaders
in the organization. Great leaders allow people to explore, possess authority and become leaders. In today's organizations,
the strength of the team is the strength of the organization.
If an organization wants to be successful over time, then
it must be winning the battle for the future. Just as I questioned if I had done my best to prepare my daughter, we
as leaders need to ask ourselves the same question - have
we done our best to prepare our staff and organization for
the future?
Reference:
http://ronedmondson.com/2010/12/3-critical-aspects-of-planning-for-futuregrowth.html

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Fall 2017

From the President: Accomplishment
From the Executive Director: Time Flies…
VRWA Said “Goodbye” to Board Member and Friend Roy Markham
Basic Management Skills
Lessons from Louisiana
Planning for the Future
The 2017 Virginia Water Resources Progress Report
The Benefits of Pipe Marking for Water and Wastewater Facilities
Water and Environmental Programs
Recipe for Sustainably Managing Utilities
When and How to Use Piping Restraints
NRWA Recap
Throwing My Loop: Cowboy Up…
VRWA Member Corner
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Benefits for VRWA Members
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Fall 2017 - Intro
Streamline - Fall 2017 - cover1
Streamline - Fall 2017 - cover2
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 3
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 4
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 5
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 6
Streamline - Fall 2017 - From the President: Accomplishment
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 8
Streamline - Fall 2017 - From the Executive Director: Time Flies…
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 10
Streamline - Fall 2017 - VRWA Said “Goodbye” to Board Member and Friend Roy Markham
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 12
Streamline - Fall 2017 - Basic Management Skills
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 14
Streamline - Fall 2017 - Lessons from Louisiana
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 16
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 17
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 18
Streamline - Fall 2017 - Planning for the Future
Streamline - Fall 2017 - The 2017 Virginia Water Resources Progress Report
Streamline - Fall 2017 - The Benefits of Pipe Marking for Water and Wastewater Facilities
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 22
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 23
Streamline - Fall 2017 - Water and Environmental Programs
Streamline - Fall 2017 - Recipe for Sustainably Managing Utilities
Streamline - Fall 2017 - When and How to Use Piping Restraints
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 27
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 28
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 29
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 30
Streamline - Fall 2017 - NRWA Recap
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 32
Streamline - Fall 2017 - Throwing My Loop: Cowboy Up…
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 34
Streamline - Fall 2017 - VRWA Member Corner
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 36
Streamline - Fall 2017 - eLearning Benefits
Streamline - Fall 2017 - Membership Application
Streamline - Fall 2017 - Benefits for VRWA Members
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 40
Streamline - Fall 2017 - VRWA Committees
Streamline - Fall 2017 - Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Fall 2017 - cover3
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