Connections - Spring 2017 - 16

One of the organization's recent
chairs, Shan Cooper, then vice
president and general manager
of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
Co., Marietta, took the continuous
improvement philosophy even
further. "She would regularly
gather a small group of board
members together with the staff.
That helped people who might have
hesitated asking a question or even
just making a comment before
the larger board. They are much
more comfortable in a smaller,
more relaxed setting. The results
provided us ideas and insights
we might otherwise have missed,"
said Dolinger.
One of these small groups
suggested a change in direction,
which the Partnership team
embraced. "We had been, up to that
point, more of a behind-the-scenes
organization, sometimes not taking
credit for some changed legislation
or some implemented policies that

"After every one of our programs or initiatives, we conduct
what we call a plus/delta analysis," said the Partnership's
Vice President Diane Hopkins, CAE. The staff discusses what
went right at the event-the pluses-and what could be
changed or improved to make the initiative better-the deltas.
related to education. This group
suggested that we be bolder. When
our next staff retreat came along,
we talked through what that meant
for us. We felt comfortable being
able to look closely at some of
our initiatives and saying, 'This
really isn't doing what we need it
to do,' or 'We should think about
implementing this initiative in a
different way to take that bolder
step,'" said Dolinger.
Out of these discussions, for
example, came a new collaborative
effort with key stakeholders who
are assisting the Partnership in
putting more emphasis on pressing
issues. Recently, this collaboration
helped defeat legislation that

would have prohibited the
use of student data to monitor
achievement in favor of a bill that
ensured student's privacy while
using data appropriately and
constructively. Dolinger stressed
this new board-generated direction
"has proven to be a winning
formula for us."
The culture of continuous
improvement has made the Georgia
Partnership for Excellence in
Education more agile and dynamic,
he added. "It has helped us stay
relevant. One thing is certain-
whether it is in the business,
association, or other non-profit
worlds, you can't afford to
fall asleep."

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Connections - Spring 2017

GSAE News & Events
New Members
Living Legends: Tim O’Donnell, CIC, Bill Anderson, CAE, LEED AP, and Robin B. Gray Jr., JD
Georgia Partnership for Educational Excellence: A Culture of Continuous Improvement
Questioning the Orthodox Beliefs of Association Governing
The Future of Education and Employment
Building Organizational Resilience
My Internship with the Southern Economic Development Council
GSAE February and April Luncheons
Meetings Thought Leadership
Advertiser.com
Index of Advertisers
Connections - Spring 2017 - intro
Connections - Spring 2017 - bellyband1
Connections - Spring 2017 - bellyband2
Connections - Spring 2017 - cover1
Connections - Spring 2017 - cover2
Connections - Spring 2017 - 3
Connections - Spring 2017 - 4
Connections - Spring 2017 - 5
Connections - Spring 2017 - GSAE News & Events
Connections - Spring 2017 - 7
Connections - Spring 2017 - 8
Connections - Spring 2017 - New Members
Connections - Spring 2017 - Living Legends: Tim O’Donnell, CIC, Bill Anderson, CAE, LEED AP, and Robin B. Gray Jr., JD
Connections - Spring 2017 - 11
Connections - Spring 2017 - 12
Connections - Spring 2017 - 13
Connections - Spring 2017 - Georgia Partnership for Educational Excellence: A Culture of Continuous Improvement
Connections - Spring 2017 - 15
Connections - Spring 2017 - 16
Connections - Spring 2017 - 17
Connections - Spring 2017 - Questioning the Orthodox Beliefs of Association Governing
Connections - Spring 2017 - 19
Connections - Spring 2017 - The Future of Education and Employment
Connections - Spring 2017 - 21
Connections - Spring 2017 - Building Organizational Resilience
Connections - Spring 2017 - 23
Connections - Spring 2017 - My Internship with the Southern Economic Development Council
Connections - Spring 2017 - GSAE February and April Luncheons
Connections - Spring 2017 - 26
Connections - Spring 2017 - Meetings Thought Leadership
Connections - Spring 2017 - 28
Connections - Spring 2017 - 29
Connections - Spring 2017 - Index of Advertisers
Connections - Spring 2017 - cover3
Connections - Spring 2017 - cover4
Connections - Spring 2017 - outsert1
Connections - Spring 2017 - outsert2
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