As part of my leadership program, I attended the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) strategic planning meeting last weekend. The idea was to get newer and upcoming leaders to meet and mingle with people in leadership positions. We also got insight into how decisions are made and what is on tap for us in the future.
I loved it. I chose to participate in the professional development subcommittee. I think I have found a new niche. Right away I realized things I've been thinking and saying were parallel with what was going on. I was able to make some suggestions that were added as steps to the overall strategic plan. I want to do more of that.
There's one problem. All of the people involved beside a few leadership fellows hold elected positions. In order to attend further meetings, I need to be elected as either a district chair or to a state-level office. I'm on the nominating committee but am not chair so that doesn't help. I don't think I'd be turned down if I wanted to attend again, but I need to ask in such a way that it's obvious I will be a contributor.
It's been a while since I've done something I've actually enjoyed doing. Other than teaching and keeping up with the stroke literature, there hasn't been much. My eyes have been opened to a new avenue to pursue: leadership. I'm not sure what's out there but I need to investigate.
As a leadership fellow, I'm expected to complete a service project for the TPTA by October of next year. I have until October of this year to select what it will be. I'll be working with a mentor to complete the project. The purpose of the mentor is to problem-solve and keep me from reinventing the wheel. I brought the materials home to study. Ideally I would like to dovetail my project onto this meeting.
I also discovered that a horse show is an acceptable excuse for missing some meetings. Several others mentioned they wouldn't have been there if "blank" was going on. I can't describe how relieved I felt. It was worth it. Allie and I got three firsts but I felt I was missing an obligation. In order to run for higher office I must serve as a delegate. That requires some travel. I'm not sure how that will work out in the future but planning is everything.