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1 What I Have Learned About Leadership While at ADD Ways to Demonstrate and Use It

2 1. Listen Why Why When When How How What What Results Results Example Example For respect, perspective, credibility For respect, perspective, credibility Especially at the beginning Especially at the beginning Focus groups/end users and implementers Focus groups/end users and implementers For facts that will allow us/direct us to proceed For facts that will allow us/direct us to proceed Guidance that is defensible, practical, usable Guidance that is defensible, practical, usable UCEDD suggestions on DDPIE UCEDD suggestions on DDPIE

3 2. Be flexible Why Why When When How How What What Results Results Example Example There’s always more than one way to do something and one size does not fit all There’s always more than one way to do something and one size does not fit all Any time especially if comparison and categorization is sought to tell a compelling story Any time especially if comparison and categorization is sought to tell a compelling story Provide options Provide options Timing, process Timing, process We get what we need We get what we need Strategies for complying with MTARS recommendations Strategies for complying with MTARS recommendations

4 3. Be accountable, expect accountability Why Why When When How How What What Results Results Example Example Without a connection to a consequence there is no incentive to behave in a certain way Without a connection to a consequence there is no incentive to behave in a certain way We have responsibilities (e.g., to guide the use of funds and deliver to constituencies) We have responsibilities (e.g., to guide the use of funds and deliver to constituencies) Reporting, educating, monitoring Reporting, educating, monitoring Data, stories, strategies that work Data, stories, strategies that work Public knowledge that we are doing important work Public knowledge that we are doing important work Biannual Report to Congress, the President, and NCD Biannual Report to Congress, the President, and NCD

5 4. Pursue new initiatives that have multiple level benefits Why Why When When How How What What Results Results Example Example Broader impact, viewed as a valued player and resource Broader impact, viewed as a valued player and resource Any time, during a crisis Any time, during a crisis Voluntarily take a seat at the table, look for or at trends and pursue new applications, insert ourselves at the right place in a sequence Voluntarily take a seat at the table, look for or at trends and pursue new applications, insert ourselves at the right place in a sequence Knowledge, capability, connections, expertise, money Knowledge, capability, connections, expertise, money Actions are taken based on/consistent with what we provide; we can use relationships in other contexts Actions are taken based on/consistent with what we provide; we can use relationships in other contexts Emergency preparedness related to individuals with disabilities Emergency preparedness related to individuals with disabilities

6 5. Expand influence through opportunities Why Why When When How How What What Results Results Examples Examples Broaden awareness and adoption of promising practices Broaden awareness and adoption of promising practices Any time Any time Offer to collaborate, provide TA to others with needs related to our experience/expertise Offer to collaborate, provide TA to others with needs related to our experience/expertise Training, materials, funding, on-site support Training, materials, funding, on-site support Validate ideas in new/different context; new partnerships Validate ideas in new/different context; new partnerships Family Support 360 for military families, ADD support for case management model for emergency preparedness, possible national adoption by FEMA Family Support 360 for military families, ADD support for case management model for emergency preparedness, possible national adoption by FEMA

7 6. Empower others Why Why When When How How What What Results Results Example Example For capacity building, sustainability, free us up to shift to something else For capacity building, sustainability, free us up to shift to something else Process and guidelines are established Process and guidelines are established Through modeling, mentoring, sharing of information Through modeling, mentoring, sharing of information Tools to lead, decide, judge, train Tools to lead, decide, judge, train New partners, allies, investors, replicators, like thinkers New partners, allies, investors, replicators, like thinkers UCEDDs aggressive efforts to strengthen CACs UCEDDs aggressive efforts to strengthen CACs

8 7. Be ego neutral, but ego- sensitive with regard to others Why Why When When How How What What Results Results Example Example Need to know others’ perspectives to get to desired result(s) Need to know others’ perspectives to get to desired result(s) All the way through All the way through Ask leading questions – what do you think, what is important to you, what are you concerned about. Affirm our valuing what others think. Be the note taker. Ask leading questions – what do you think, what is important to you, what are you concerned about. Affirm our valuing what others think. Be the note taker. Money, roles, strategy Money, roles, strategy Clarity, commitment, action Clarity, commitment, action Many examples of systems change Many examples of systems change

9 8. Handle the unanticipated as an opportunity, not a burden Why Why When When How How What What Results Results Example Example Picked for a reason – we’re known for delivering Picked for a reason – we’re known for delivering We least expect it or want it We least expect it or want it Offer others an opportunity to stretch or fill in Offer others an opportunity to stretch or fill in Teaming in new ways, apply skills in a new context, develop new skills Teaming in new ways, apply skills in a new context, develop new skills Confirm that we were the right person to pick for the assignment; expanded/strengthened staff capabilities Confirm that we were the right person to pick for the assignment; expanded/strengthened staff capabilities HAVA; departures HAVA; departures

10 9. In conflict look for and promote focusing on common ground Why Why When When How How What What Results Results Example Example To get progress To get progress Everyone has spoken, no consensus has emerged Everyone has spoken, no consensus has emerged List commonalities in POV expressed as principles, underlying assumptions, or goals List commonalities in POV expressed as principles, underlying assumptions, or goals Draw a picture of the possible Draw a picture of the possible Common ground, progress, consensus, compromise Common ground, progress, consensus, compromise Changes to Annual Report Template Changes to Annual Report Template

11 10. Final Thoughts Leadership is a muscle, it must be exercised Leadership is a muscle, it must be exercised A title only gets us at the head of a table A title only gets us at the head of a table Humor works, so does candor Humor works, so does candor Need to delegate, then monitor in a routine, transparent way Need to delegate, then monitor in a routine, transparent way Money gets us attention, not a guarantee that things will be done our way Money gets us attention, not a guarantee that things will be done our way Mistakes happen; own up to them; learn from them; move on Mistakes happen; own up to them; learn from them; move on Effective use of power is thoughtful and humane Effective use of power is thoughtful and humane

12 Contact Information Patricia A. Morrissey, Ph.D. Patricia A. Morrissey, Ph.D. –Commissioner –Administration on Developmental Disabilities Administration for Children and Families Administration for Children and Families –U.S. Department of Health and Human Services –http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/add/ –(202)


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