Leadership Transition: The Quick Plan
The primary reason we see SSA affiliate groups fade away is due to poor leadership transitions. Finding and training the next generation is absolutely essential to keeping your group alive after you graduate.
We'd love to see all our groups implementing a year-long succession plan. To that end, we have several resources on Succession Planning, including the Leadership Transition Planning guide. We strive to help you prepare your next generation of leaders for success.
But we also realize that you can't go back in time, and sometimes the circumstances don't allow your group to plan that far in advance. If that's your case, we've prepared "The Quick Plan," with help from the UNCG Atheists, to help you use the time you have to train the best possible next generation of leaders.
This four-week plan can be shortened if necessary. The key elements are introducing new officers to the university resources and external support, and having the new officers run a meeting or event with former leader assistance.
Don't forget that we are here to help your group. If you are having trouble preparing for the future, have questions, or need help, don't hesitate to contact us!
Week 1 -Campus Resources
- The Student Activities office or equivalent
- Any offices for reserving rooms and/or equipment on campus
- Any campus organizations or interfaith groups the group is involved in
- Any bank or budget offices involved with group funding
- The group's faculty/staff advisor
- Any other offices, personnel, or campus resources for the group
Week 2 -Digital Resources & External Support
- Any online archives, bookkeeping, documentation, or other information compiled by previous officers (don't forget passwords!)
- Any websites or online applications for campus resources
- The Secular Student Alliance campus organizer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- The Secular Student Alliance Affiliate Services and Resources
- Campus organizers for other affiliated organizations
- Leaders of local off-campus groups
Officers-elect should setup and prepare for running the final meeting of the semester. They should be encouraged to do the majority of the work with assistance from past leaders; encourage them to learn delegation skills and efficient planning techniques.
Week 4 - Running a Meeting
Officers-elect, having prepared, will run the final meeting of the semester. Former officers should be in attendance and prepared to assist, but should only help when necessary.