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Kicking off Programs on Leadership and Governance

Kicking off Programs on Leadership and Governance

Leadership is defined as the action of leading a group of people or an organization. Governance is the process of governing over a social system – like a rural broadband provider.  Both of those skills sound easier to implement than they can be, so I’m really excited that we have transformed with the times here at NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association and transitioned away from our long-held regional meetings to a new format focused on director training (for both…

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Much Accomplished in the Mountain Air

Much Accomplished in the Mountain Air

Nothing like a good (or even ok) cup of coffee after 3 days of leadership meetings on behalf of the association out in Utah this week! The Summer Business Conference for the association is always jam-packed with NTCA strategic thinking and board meetings, our GHP Trustees gathering, the FRS board coming together for committee and board meetings and the SMC board of directors doing one of their face-to-face meetings as well.  A lot of association leadership in one place and…

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A Time For Leadership

A Time For Leadership

Last week, the NTCA and SMC board of directors were in town for their series of November board meetings.  These meetings are a critical part of our governance process since on the NTCA side of the house, we select our new leadership for the year and both boards approve their 2019 budgets. Kevin Beyer, General Manager of Acira (Chokio, Minn.) powered by Farmers Mutual Telephone Company (Bellingham, Minn.) and Federated Telephone Cooperative (Chokio, Minn.), was elected chairman of NTCA–The Rural…

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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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Thinking Strategically And Then Acting On It

Thinking Strategically And Then Acting On It

There is so much going on in the RLEC industry which means there is a great deal going on as well for our national association, our benefit programs, our Group Health Plan and our Foundation for Rural Service. That’s why those who lead these entities are gathered in Asheville, N.C., home base for our service center, board meetings and strategic thinking. A lot was accomplished as we moved through best projections on what the future will hold and how we can…

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Part-ner-ship

Part-ner-ship

If you flip open the dictionary (or use the online version), the word “partnership” is described in many ways, but the main gist is generally “an association of two or more people or entities that conduct a business or pool money, skills and other resources and share profit and loss in accordance with the terms of their agreement.” I tend to prefer the synonyms noted along with the word “partnerships” like “cooperation,” “association,” “collaboration,” “coalition,” “alliance,” “relationship” and “connection.”  Those…

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With a little bit of Luck

With a little bit of Luck

As we careen into the holiday season, it has been amazing to me the number of folks I have spoken or interacted with who are all in the same position – feeling like we are hurtling over the finish line of 2017 instead of easing into the holiday spirit.  Maybe it’s the timing of the holidays, falling on Mondays, maybe it is simply that we have more and more to do and with (what feels like) less time in which…

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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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Brand, Image, Market!

Brand, Image, Market!

The state of California might never be the same after NTCA’s Marketing Committee met there last week to compare notes and strategize on ways the committee can support the never-ending evolution of the marketing needs for rural, community based broadband providers.  The meeting was a gathering of some of the most energetic, lively and innovative minds from telcos to associate members sharing stories and a whirlwind of collaboration.  Sierra Tel graciously hosted 18 committee members and took the time to…

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Hazlett Leads Rural Development and Chats with NTCA Members

Hazlett Leads Rural Development and Chats with NTCA Members

Anne Hazlett was on day 12 on the job yesterday when she swung by the NTCA Government Affairs Committee meeting in Arlington, Virginia to introduce herself to NTCA members and hear some of their stories as they continue their leadership role in bringing broadband to their rural communities. Hazlett has a long career in the rural development having recently served as the Chief Counsel to the Majority on the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry before her…

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