Our Best Tool for Getting Things Done is Our Community’s Support

November is Member Appreciation Month at NTEN. Our staff interacts with our community in different ways; here’s why Amy Sample Ward, CEO, loves our community!

In preparation for today’s blog post, I tried to make a list of all the technologies and tools I use each day in support of my work. It was a long list – so long that I didn’t actually finish it – but what I thought was most telling was that the NTEN community was a part of the list. Whether it’s a tool that we heard about through the Discuss list and adopted ourselves, or new strategies for thinking about our work shared on a webinar, or even the opportunity to reflect and share with you on the blog, the NTEN community is critical to our success as an organization, not just a community.

This is especially true when thinking about the technology we use to support leadership positions – which isn’t limited to my job! Did you read Julie’s post last week (it’s okay if you didn’t, you can read it now)? Using all of the tools available to us (our blog, myNTEN groups, social media, webinars, events, conferences, evaluations, etc.), all staff are able to listen and learn along with the community to be the best leaders they can be. Delivering programs, events, and services to a community as diverse as the NTEN community requires that all of us regularly be connected, sharing ideas and asking for feedback, and really using technology to help us serve you better.

I would love to hear how you and your organization use different tools to support your leadership – both your leadership staff as well as your leadership in your fields. Are there specific tools or processes that you can’t do without? Are there tools you wish existed? 

Thank you for being part of NTEN – #ntenthanks for all you’ve brought to this community in 2013!