Executive Director Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Executive Director in Minnetonka:
"Do not try anything."
Do not try anything. Just do it to the best of your ability.

Executive Director in San Luis Obispo:
"PR, Finance, Frugal."
Get involved in Community, Participate in community meetings, Learn grant writing and public speaking, Be organized in your daily work.

Executive Director in Charlotte:
"Grow up."
Having a job is NOT the same as going to college. Speak respectfully, sit up, dress appropriately, show up on time.

Executive Director in Newburgh:
Lean to manage change. Don't overact to the resistance of people to the change. That is normal. Change often doesn't happen because of responding to the resistance rather than living through it. Keep your eye on the whole.

Executive Director in Okanogan:
"Time commitments = money."
Limit expectations of how much time you will work normally.

Executive Director in Hollywood:
"Love what you do."
Love what you do.

Executive Director in San Luis Obispo:
"People skills are a must."
Learning to develop diplomacy, management practices, and human resource knowledge is an important part of being an Executive Director. There are a lot of training opportunities fortunately, so it is best to take advantage of those.