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On to Our Regional Road Show…Change Management Atop Agenda

On to Our Regional Road Show…Change Management Atop Agenda

Just making my way through a crowded, storm-impacted airport in Charlotte, N.C. after our first NTCA regional meeting of the summer. We’ve begun our grand finale of regional meetings in grand fashion with an amazing program and relevant topics in large part due to Mark Marion and Dennis McGarry on our fabulous training and development team. Cyber risk management, the future of video, using change management to drive excellence, AMAC’s timely session on industry tips for adapting to change and…

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“I’ve Done Alright For A Girl”

“I’ve Done Alright For A Girl”

If you were born past 1970, you likely don’t remember the 70”s song “Brand New Key” but as I was on a plane today with the headphones in, the song came in on rotation of my recently added playlist (nostalgic or maybe just too much Guardians of the Galaxy movies?).  It made me smile out loud with the lyrics “I’ve done alright for a girl” as I was thinking about today being International Women’s Day….because I have done “alright for…

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A Workplace’s Best Asset? Your staff!

A Workplace’s Best Asset? Your staff!

It really doesn’t matter if you’re a trade association, a start up, an RLEC or a corporation – at the end of the day, your most valuable asset are the staff that you have on board.  That is why we think a great deal about what it takes to keep them happy, healthy, productive…and safe. To that end, we just completed our mandatory series of training for our teams – in Arlington, in Asheville, North Carolina and around the country on…

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Working On Behalf Of Small Broadband Providers Who Are Working On Behalf of Rural America

Working On Behalf Of Small Broadband Providers Who Are Working On Behalf of Rural America

The NTCA and SMC board of directors were in town this week for our big fall meeting where we review year-end activity, review the financial position of the association, approve the 2018 budgets and review strategic plans for the upcoming year.  Both boards do a great deal of heavy lifting on behalf of the association and our membership and we certainly could not do our work without their service and support. The NTCA board spent a great deal of time…

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New NTCA Leadership Selected for 2018

New NTCA Leadership Selected for 2018

Democracy is alive and well in the trade association world and NTCA’s membership just exercised their “right to vote” with elections for three open seats on the NTCA board of directors. This fall will see the departure of long time board member, former NTCA President and NE cooperative director, Jim Dauby.  Jim was part of the crew that hired me to return to NTCA 7 years ago and I was grateful to have his friendly and familiar face around the…

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Is This Heaven?

Is This Heaven?

Nope…it’s Iowa. However, this is what I saw as I drove the county highways last night between Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Sioux Center, Iowa: Yes, that is correct….black, dark, the white lines on the edge of the highway and few critters that thankfully stayed off the road. Google maps and I had a chat half way through the journey on whether or not she was really sending me to Iowa or North Dakota. But all was well and I…

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Rural Broadband Women Hit DC!

Rural Broadband Women Hit DC!

What a great group and a terrific advocacy adventure! Fifteen very cool, very accomplished women in the rural broadband industry traveled to Washington DC yesterday to interact with and support female policymakers. From Colorado to South Dakota, from Wisconsin to Kentucky – some of our fabulous RLEC leadership traveled in to help me host a few political events and to talk about the need to right-size the universal service fund to support sufficient broadband deployment. We started off the day…

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Leadership Lessons From George Washington

Leadership Lessons From George Washington

Like most people, I find myself getting caught up in the day-to-day and seldom take time for my own training and growth. However, I broke that cycle for a day on Friday. CEO Update, a leading trade association publication, partnered with Leading Authorities, a national speaker’s bureau to host a session for a relatively small group of CEOs who head up large trade associations. Given all that is going on in the association arena – as well as Washington DC…

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Telehealth Focus Yields Great Discussion

Telehealth Focus Yields Great Discussion

Senator Capito from West Virginia may have “been in the dark” in our ballroom today over at the Westin as we—and the Foundation for Rural Service as well as our Smart Rural Community program—hosted a session on telehealth, “Rural Health at a Digital Crossroads: Improving Care With Telehealth” at the conclusion of our TEPS conference. Her remarks were really filled with “the light” of how to elevate the technology and streamline the process to create new opportunities for rural communities….

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Talking Policy In D.C.

Talking Policy In D.C.

We kicked off our Telecom Executive Policy Summit here in D.C. today with 130 of our members from across the country coming to our nation’s capital to hear the latest post-election results and as we all ponder next steps with a new Congress and Administration. I had the chance to “interview” Commissioner Clyburn on her priorities for the year ahead as well as her take on the current status of FCC reforms. I found the Commissioner as open as she…

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