To begin a venture with great energy, involvement, and competence.
To immediately work very hard and successfully at a new activity. “If elected, they promise to hit the ground running in their ﬁrst few weeks of ofﬁce.”
To be ready to work immediately on a new activity. “Their previous experience will allow them to hit the ground running when they take ofﬁce in the chamber, association or society.”
Traction or Slippage
The intent is to give you enough information that you’ll start the year with traction.
Your plans, aims and ideas will be solidly planted on the ground and others will quickly notice you as a president who intends to advance the organization.
The opposite is slippage. If you put it off, you’ll try to prepare after the installation in your ﬁrst of second month. You might inform others that you didn’t have time for the ﬁrst meeting, you’ll make committee appointments in a month or so, you have no clear plan of work, etc. Well, if you meet quarterly, you’ve slipped behind by three months.
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Bill Pawlucy, MPA, CAE, IOM, is founder of Association Options, Inc. a company that focuses on practical strategic planning (corporate and nonprofit), management assessments, Baldrige Award process implementation, AMC search and evaluation, facilitation, and governance modeling. He is also the executive director of the International Association of Interviewers and is an appointee to the U.S. Department of Commerce Board of Examiners for the Baldrige Presidential Award.