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This past June, your WSRS leadership held a strategic planning retreat. This was the first time in recent memory that your leadership team has done so. The purpose of our retreat was to envision and set our organizational direction, which included reviewing the organization's mission, setting the vision for the future, and establishing the organization's values and ethical culture. As stewards for the organization, your board is responsible for setting major goals and developing strategies for achieving those goals. The board also approves operational and annual plans based on the direction set by the strategic plan.
Our meeting was facilitated by Donna Cameron, CAE, a consultant to organizations on preferred future planning/execution, board effectiveness, and organizational structure.
We also had the great fortune of having outside input and consultation from Dr. Paul Ellenbogen, of Dallas Texas, the past president of the Texas Radiology Society, and past president and past chairman of the board of chancellors of the ACR.
Some of our input for our strategic planning retreat was based upon a member survey which we conducted in April 2015. Your input was essential and extremely valuable in helping us set the direction for the future of our organization.
No good strategic planning session ever took place without visiting the organization's mission and vision statement. I will report to you in future communications the final form of our mission and vision statements. However, one tagline that we strongly supported is that "radiology matters". Maybe we should make some T-shirts to that effect?!
Some of the long term goals that I wish to share with you from our retreat are the following:
Governance and Fiscal Position – WSRS is fiscally healthy and has strong and effective governance processes—including leadership development, succession planning, effective meetings, active and productive committees, and staff support.
Membership – Broaden membership and begin a pattern of growth that will result in achieving a goal of 1000 members by 2025, with at least 50% engaged at some level.
Advocacy – WSRS is recognized nationally and locally for its strength in advocacy and lobbying on behalf of the radiology profession
Alliances and Partnerships – WSRS expands its reach through partnerships and alliances and is a leader on both the state and national levels; having members in key positions within the ACR and WSMA.
Visibility – WSRS recognizes the value of investing in assuring that the radiology profession is recognized, respected and highly regarded within the health care community and general public.
While ensuring the articulation of the desired future is a primary responsibility of leadership, we can't stop there. Planning is the easy part. Equal or greater focus and attention must be placed on execution. Otherwise, we're just making a laundry list of to do items with no follow-through. Execution is a systematic process of carefully discussing the whys, hows and whats, steadfastly following through on decisions and directions, and ensuring accountability. We intend to incorporate a culture of execution into all of our strategic discussions and decisions.
Eric J. Stern MD