At the close of the 2015 Mat-Su Triple Impact Leadership Program, sponsored by the Mat-Su Health Foundation, we surveyed the participants -- non-profit CEOs, Executive Directors, Board Presidents and executive staff -- and asked them to share the impact the program had on them. This what they wrote:
I have become more positive about opportunities and less stressed because even in times of change I have a direction to go and a process to work through any issues.
I have really appreciated the increased confidence I have in approaching the wide variety of situations I come across as a leader. The tools have added to my ability to solve challenges, improve team rapport, strive for the win/win, and ensure that we are making decisions based on sound and current data.
TIL has had a tremendous impact on me so it is difficult to sum it up. In short, it changed the lens with which I viewed the world. The disciplines became my new lens. The two most meaningful impacts this far are 1.: By using the disciplines, I was able to step back from my situation and realize that the tremendous growth we've experienced over the past four years is positive, it has also happened at a rate that if not slowed could very easily result in failure. Further, I recognized that I was the only one who could slow the growth down. Finally, the disciplines gave me the tools to appropriately implement a "slowdown" and to implement systems in order to prepare for the next wave of growth.
I have become empowered and more confident, I have become more aware of how to work better as a team utilizing the support systems I have in place.
Systems Mapping has given me insight to the organization changes needed within our organization. Which directly improves my personal level of stress.
Learning to examine the belief underlying thoughts and feelings before making a rushed decision. Stopping to collect sound and current data to ascertain the truth of an assumption... I feel more confident and empowered as an individual. I feel more like I know what to do and what steps to take to achieve what's needed in a situation.
I left my old job and generally began to view my life through a lens that took me into an empowered state rather than being a victim. I am a happier person and I feel motivated and ready to take on all challenges. My self-worth has increased a huge amount, and my effectiveness as a leader.
I am trying to work from a place of curiosity to collect sound and current data before jumping to conclusions or making a decision.
Contracting has been very helpful in learning to be clear and upfront about needs and wants. I feel I have been able to set realistic agreements between myself and others... Clear agreements come with a sense of safeness and confidence that each party knows exactly what's expected of them. Almost a type of relief and freedom within that understood contract.
These techniques have helped me get through sticky situations and my organization is all the more healthy and strong.
I have been able to formulate relationships with other community leaders and professionals in a more deliberate way. Through this, I have helped support people who are doing amazing work in their communities. In my new role, I am finding the power within those around me and myself so that we might make the most out of everything we have. I am already helping my own organization create better processes and find new avenues for funding.
The weekly department head meetings have turned into work sessions that I've been able to introduce some of the concepts to be utilized within the organization.