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EDITOR’S LETTER G Purpose…Performance. It is nice to be able to break it down to the basics, as our member leaders all are volunteers. These three words, People…Purpose…Performance, are what we focus on in our continued goals of improving the benefits and services and the local chapter operations of SGMP. I want to thank every member who has volunteered, has ran for or been elected to office, has stepped up to the plate to fill in and has lead others by their inf luence. Without the commitment that is made by our members, we would not be the organization we are today. Whenever I have discussions on leadership, I always return to a quote from Ralph Nader, “I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” This takes us back to people! Every year at this time, roughly one-half of SGMP’s chapters are preparing for elections. I challenge the current leaders to motivate, involve and create more local leaders from their chapter membership. I encourage current chapter leaders to step up to the next level of SGMP national leadership when the next election takes place in 2011. And for the followers, this is your opportunity to have more impact on YOUR organization. I will not sugarcoat the challenges of being a leader in SGMP. It is a challenging task that requires commitment and belief in yourself and SGMP’s vision. The next time you go to your chapter meeting, shake the hands of your board members or pat them on the back for a job well done! Society of Government Meeting P Government Professionals CONNECT TO GOVERNMENT MEETINGS. CONNECT T GOVERNMENT MEE NNECT GOVE NMENT MEE SPRING 2010 • Vol 2, Issue 1 Connect Leadership to People, Purpose and Performance By Charles Sadler, CGMP, CHSP, CHSC Executive Director & CEO Published for Society of Government Meeting Professionals 908 King Street, Lower Level Alexandria, VA 22314 703-549-0892 Fax: 703-549-0708 EXECUTIVE EDITOR Charles Sadler, CGMP, CHSP, CHSC Address editorial comments and questions to Charles Sadler, editor, Government Connections, 908 King Street, Lower Level, Alexandria, VA 22314. Published by Naylor, LLC 5950 NW First Place Gainesville, FL 32607 800-369-6220 Fax: 352-331-3525 PUBLISHER John Kilchenstein MANAGING EDITOR Colleen Raccioppi SALES MANAGER Rick Jablonski MARKETING Rebecca Wentworth ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Kathryn Hillgardner ADVERTISING SALES Pam Blasetti, Rick Jones, Scott Pauquette, Beth Sheahan and Jamie Williams ADVERTISING ART Elaine Connell GRAPHIC DESIGN Naylor, LLC For advertising rates, information and media kits, please contact Kathryn Hillgardner at (800) 369-6220 ext. 3384 or © Naylor, LLC. All rights reserved. The contents of this publication may not be reproduced by any means, in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of the publisher. Mention of any product does not constitute endorsement by Government Connections. Government Connections assumes no responsibility for return of unsolicited manuscripts, photos, art, or cartoons and reserves the right to reject any advertising or editorial materials. Unsolicited materials should be accompanied by a selfaddressed, stamped envelope. PUBLISHED MARCH 2010/SGM-Q0110/9856 AT THE CORE of success is the need for people to connect. Whether it’s SGMP connecting to our members to improve services or benefits, members connecting with each other for business and professional development or a strategic forum for our Society’s leaders to have input, the foundation for success starts with CONNECTING. This January, chapter presidents, second vice presidents, the national board and staff from SGMP headquarters connected for our mid-year Joint Leadership Meeting in Atlanta, Ga. This is a wonderful opportunity for our volunteer elected leaders to be engaged with SGMP’s focused vision to have direct dialogue with one another and impact future actions and growth. (See photo highlights from this event on page 38.) What does it mean to be a leader in SGMP? Well, it is not too different from being a leader of a company or group of people with a common cause. An SGMP leader is someone who knows how to motivate people internally and externally about the organization. A leader in SGMP is able to answer three simple questions that establish our purpose. 1. Where are we going? 2. How are we going to get there? 3. Why are we doing it this way? Lastly, an SGMP leader provides vision, skills and benchmarks while keeping a pulse on overall performance. Connecting to leadership really boils down to three words: People…

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Spring 2010

Government Connections - Spring 2010
President’s Letter
Editor’s Letter
Go Figure
Going Places
Education Edge
That’s Technology
Travel Tips and Trends
Supplier Strategy
Plan Green
Good to Know
Dieting on a Per Diem
Event Security Tips
Unconference 101
Ethics are Elementary
In Memoriam
SGMP Nation
Membership News
Conference Connection
Advertisers’ Index
The Meeting Minute

Government Connections - Spring 2010