Executive Director Advice

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

Executive Director in Seattle:
"Learn more about communication and emotional intelligence."
Communication including emotional intelligence is the least taught thing in business school.

Executive Director in Santa Fe:
"Be Open To Change And Be Prepared For It."
Talk to as many former Board members and long time donors as possible. Do it within the first 90 days.

Executive Director in New Orleans:
"Very Stressful."
Have realistic expectations of what a staff member will and won't do to earn a paycheck.

Executive Director in Claremont:
"Keep Learning New Technical Skills."
Find the time during or after hours to really dive in and increase your technical skills.

Executive Director in Seattle:
"Skills and demand."
Be prepared , study , focus it is rewarding.

Executive Director in Austin:
"Stress Level."
Surround yourself with strong people and work as a team.

Executive Director in Long Beach:
"Pay Attention To The Small Things."
Observe, communicate in a positive manner and treat others as you would like to be treated. Know how to complete government budgets and also how to review agency budgets and financial reports. Should have property management skills as we have 21 properties that include 60 living units each a minimum of 1 bedroom.