From Our Executive Director
McMan Calgary & Area is committed to growing our people and being an employer of choice within the social serving sector. We know that skilled, motivated and passionate staff are the most critical piece of fulfilling our mission to help the children, youth and families thrive in their communities.
Our collective ability to adapt to shifts in our world and our long-term organizational health rely on building strong and innovative leaders in every position at McMan. Leadership is so much more than a title, it is mindset that is demonstrated in our daily interactions with one-another, our clients, partnering agencies, and communities.
At McMan, we believe everyone has leadership potential and can build their leadership skills. We also want to ensure that there are clear pathways to advancement within the organization, should they desire, or to work towards career goals that may lead to other adventures. With these goals in mind, we launched our Leadership Development Program.
The Leadership Development Program includes the following:
Clear Leadership Competencies. Last fall, we conducted several employee focus groups to identify the best predictors of leadership success at McMan. We call these behaviours our Leadership Competencies. Focusing on demonstrating these behaviours will help us all become better leaders and provides consistency in how we collectively define what it means to be a good leader. We will now begin using these Leadership Competencies as our primary criteria for advancement to leadership positions.
Career Development Discussions Separated from Performance Reviews. Reviewing performance and discussing career development aspirations are distinctly different discussions. Therefore, we will be removing setting a career goal from the performance review form. Beginning January 21st, 2021, staff who would like help to advance their career may arrange to participate in the Leadership Development Program. This program will provide staff the opportunity to have career development discussions with a career coach, should they desire.
Access to Career Coaches. Staff who would like some help navigating their career development will be given the opportunity beginning January 21, 2021 to select a trained career coach. These coaches will help you explore your career goals and create a plan to achieve them.
A Leadership Development Committee. We have establish a Leadership Development Committee that will be primarily responsible to, 1. identify and recommend staff to fill critical positions based on established promotion criteria, and 2. recommend development activities to facilitate their development.
We believe that these core components of our Leadership Development Program will help McMan grow our invaluable people better, enable us to actualize our vision, and prepare us for whatever changes the future may hold.