Of all the key competencies that an organization’s leader must possess, implement-ing strategies and executing tactics rank among the most critical. Leading change to meeting your quarterly financial targets, the ability to influence behaviour, assess and address risk, monitor results and make mid-course corrections are all signs of a connected leader.
LAMP 09 provided more than 2,100 of our members with the opportunity to discuss new ideas and perspectives, challenge conventional thinking, be pushed outside of their comfort zones and collaborate with colleagues from around the globe. Many took the opportunity to utilize the team breakout room at LAMP to synthesize their individual and collective experiences. Others conducted a gap analysis of the current state to determine what new practices and tools they would assimilate into their business model to strengthen the performance of their organizations.
Some put their commitments in writing so they can monitor results and be held personally accountable for making the necessary personal, interpersonal and orga-nizational improvement. Some discovered powerful new ways to think and act more like a cohesive leadership team breaking old habits and opening up new ways to communicate more effectively within their organizations.
First-time LAMP attendees discovered the power of this leadership experience and the myriad resources and networks their membership makes available to them. Others appreciated being recognized for their competitive performance by qualifying for one of the many coveted GAMA awards. Many celebrated the rewards of giving back while attending Conk Buckley’s induction into the GAMA International Man-agement Hall of Fame. Some gave their time to volunteer for GAMA or pledged to become an activist member, and others made the financial commitment to become GAMA Foundation contributors, ensuring an ongoing reservoir of primary, best-practices-based research like that found in Building High Performance Leadership Teams.
Several of our more tenured members shared their enthusiasm with me for the new energy and excitement of LAMP created by our LoTT members. Workshops teemed with these emerging, next-generation leaders, hungry to learn from industry legends and from their own peer group. As one senior member observed, “LoTT is our future.” We honor our veteran and new members alike for striving to keep GAMA a contemporary resource for members and salute all those who advocate for the central role that field leadership plays in profitable face-to-face distribution.
GAMA members and their leadership teams understand the immense role they’ll play during these changing times. Organizing, prioritizing and implementing the insights gained at LAMP will enhance their ability to position their organizations for recovery and rapid growth now and into the future.
In one short year, we’ll gather together with our leadership teams in Las Vegas to reflect on how much we’ve accomplished through our leadership team’s ability to effectively implement the ideas and tools we shared together in Atlanta. To the 62 leadership teams that qualified for the GAMA International Leadership Team award, I salute you. To the 438 leadership teams whom we are counting on to raise our membership to 10,000 by the end of 2010, I encourage you to plan now to be with us in Las Vegas next year.
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