The Leadership Letter
Developed by the Leadership Commission of the SECA Board of Directors, the Leadership Letter is an informational e-newsletter that contains articles of interest to persons in leadership roles within an organization. You'll get tips on how to conduct meetings, what to look for in new leaders, how to more effectively manage your staff, and much more! Available every-other-month (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov).
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- Personnel Policies & Procedures: Do We Really Need Those?
- What’s in a Personnel File
- Independent Contractor or Employee?
Characteristics of Non-profit Organizations | Making a Profit | Non-profits and Tax Returns | Board Fiduciary Responsibility | Review or Audit
Essential Skills | Robert’s Rules of Order | Effective Board Agendas | The Best Board Meetings | The President & Executive Director
Ethical Conduct: Responsible Behavior in ECE | NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct: Core Values, Responsibilities to Colleagues & Community | Online Ethics | Defining Values & Ethics | Boards & Ethics
Political Campaigning Off-Limits to 501(c)(3)'s | Legal Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards | Legal Issues Facing Owners of Child Care Centers | 2013 Directors Seminar | Free Legal Resources for Educators & Caregivers
Making the Most of Your Training Dollars | What Does High-Quality Training Look Like? | 2013 Trainer Institute | Where to Find Professional Development in Your State
Strategic Planning--Whose Job Is it Anyway? | Put Your Strategic Plan to Work | Connecting the Dots | 5 Elements of a Successful Board Retreat | Questions to Ask When Planning a Board Retreat | Board Orientation Resources from SECA
Turn a Micromanaging Board Around | Four Challenging Board Personalities | Dealing With Board Burnout | SECA Board Resources Page | Helpful Resources from BoardSource
Do You Need a Technology Plan? | TechSoup | Service-Learning Projects | Legal Issues & Technical Volunteers | LAECA's Collaborations
Motivation is the Key | Personal Satisfaction in Leadership | Workplace Expectations | Understanding Personalities | Thanks to Susan Carrigan! | 2012 SECA Leadership Summit
Meeting Agendas | Time Management Ideas | Prioritizing Tasks | Effective Delegation | Want to Read More? | Delegation Checklist
Mentoring New Professionals: ECAO | 20 Ways to Be a Great Mentor | The Many Meanings of "Mentoring" | Suggested Reading List
Marketing Your Non-profit Organization | Creating a Professional Brand | "Branding" Tools | Getting Your Name Out There | Resources for Non-profit Boards | Students and Your State
Facilitating Board Meetings|Succession Planning and Member Retention| Facilitating Board Meetings/Dealing with Conflict| Responsibilities of Non-profit Boards|Resources for Boards|Innovative Conferences
Leadership Opportunities at the 2011 SECA Conference | Underestimating the Length of a Project | 10 Things that Good Leaders Do | Board and Membership Retention
Mythical Thinking | Tips for Non-Profit Boards | How to Make a Keynote Address Your Own | 8 Questions for Potential Board Members | What to Expect from Generation Y
Membership: The Power of Voice | Building and Maintaining Membership in Today's Economy | How to Become a SECA Leader | Why Can't Board Members Do What is Expected of Them? | Tips for Being a Successful Leader
Motivating and Sustaining Board Membership | Generational Differences | How to Run Effective, Productive, Efficient Meetings | CompassPoint Nonprofit Services | Unpaid Interns, Are They Legal?
How to Build Board Strength | What You Missed by Not Attending SECA 2010 | Board Café | Happy, Healthy, Successful Children
Conference 2010 | Leadership Characteristics & Traits | Succession Planning | Board Café | What's New in Early Childhood
The Secret of Adult Learning Theory: It's Not About Age by Sharon Bowman, M.A.
Retaining Board Members | Keys to Guiding Successful Student Groups | Taking Aim on Leadership | Good to Great | Board Cafe | SECA
How to Help Staff Manage Their Careers | Ways to Control Stress | Taking Aim On Leadership | Board Café | Louisiana’s Pre-K Program Summary
10 Leadership Styles | Student Corner | Cultural and Linguistic Competence | What Do Employees Look for in a Leader? | Board Cafe | Summer Retreat on a Budget | Planning for a Stress-free Summer | Smart Start Oklahoma
Achieving the Elusive Work/Life Balance | Slow Down… Let Your Staff Catch Up | Can you Learn to Stay Calm? | Tough Times? Whip Up Free Publicity | A Classic Guide to Dealing with Change | Buff Up Your Emotional Intelligence | Need Candid Answers? Try Small Forums | What‟s New in Our States?
Conference 2009 | The Board Builds Its Sense of Self: Bodybuilding | Resource Recommendation | Board Meetings By Phone: Legal? A Good Idea? | Board Cafe | SECA Information | Leadership
Twelve Brain Rules | What Do We Know About Stress? | Resource Recommendation | Keep Your Brain Pumped for Action | Board Cafe | SECA Information | Leadership
Improving Your Response to Disaster | Nelson Mandela's Eight Rules of Leadership | Lead With An Authentic Voice | Integrative Thinking Can You Do It? | Board Cafe | SECA Information | What It Boils Down To
Leadership Challenge | Speaking and Acting on Behalf of Children | The Leader's Path | Resource Recommendation | Board Cafė | SECA Information | Maybe (Maybe Not)
Leadership Quiz | Leadership Quiz Answers | Pick the Positive Version | 10 Good Interview Questions | Resource Recommendation | Ten Top Tips From the Annual LERN Conference
Eight Keys to Leadership Greatness | Before You Join that Board | Do It Now! | The DNA of Good Decisions | Create Inspiration With Your Communication | Resource Recommendation | In Changing Times
2008 Conference Leadership Opportunities | Breakfast Meetings: Will Your Group Rise & Shine? | Effective Delegation | Appreciate to Motivate Your Employees | How to Manage Gossip | Resource Recommendation | Polish Your Group's Treasures
Involving New Members | Goals and Objectives | Goals and Desire to Achieve | Resource Recommendation | Teaching Children to Handle Anger | Resource Recommendation | The Secret to Achieving Goals
Managing the Big "D" | Techniques for Managing Time | Consider Diversity Every Time You Speak or Write | Board Training Modules Available | Making Meetings Fun | Embracing Diversity | Supporting New Employees
Prepare for Change | Connect with Younger Workers | Workplace Friendships Can Enhance Performance | Sample Motion Form | Leaders and Managers | Leadership Technology | Annual Report and Budget Request Form
E-Mail Etiquette | Simple Ways to Increase Meeting Effectiveness | Take Notes on these Useful Speaking Tips | Governing Board Self-Assessment | When Not to Coach
Reducing Employee Turnover | Guidelines for New Supervisors | Effecting Planning through SWOT | Layer Your Presentations | Board Orientation | Sample Board Orientation Chart | You Can't Avoid Every Conflict...
Self-assessment of Life's Ten Themes | Rekindle Your creativity | Build Careers Instead of Jobs | Recruiting and Retaining Boards | More Effective Meetings | Evaluating the Meeting | Increasing Meeting Attendance
Managing the Leadership Maze | Go Ahead, Worry | Open Paths to Growth for Staff | Ready, Set, Confront | Give Your Decisions the Ethics Test | Increasing Meeting Attendance