Executive Director Advice

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

Executive Director in Seattle:
"The infrastructure challenges and lack of resources to addre."
Ask more questions about what you will be walking into (although in my case many weren't known).

Executive Director in San Mateo:
"I was hired from a sales rep position. It has been a constie."
Treat people as you would like to be treated.

Executive Director in Staten Island:
"Funding."
The constant need for funding to maintain the upkeep of the everyday operations as well as salaries.

Executive Director in Warren:
"Practical Applications of a Music Degree."
Be passionate about the music education mission of the organization.

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.