Why The Michigan Municipal League Offers Sabbaticals
The cool thing about doing a sabbatical is that it isn’t just for the person to get getting time off, but it’s for everyone around them who has to fill in. When you look taking a sabbatical and we decided to put one forward where people of a certain point in the organization get one month off – paid at some point in time, they become available.
How Sabbaticals Work at the Michigan Municipal League
Sabbaticals become available every five years. They’re based on seniority. So when I institute this, we took our most senior people and we limited them to two. We said two people can go every year.
What you find out, is other people get to step up. People who are in sort of subordinate positions have to step up into the leadership position to take on some of those tasks for a month. You begin thinking a little bit differently about what you do as an organization. Most importantly, you give leadership lessons and on the job training to people who are your future leaders in the organization.
What The Michigan Municipal League Learned About Sabbaticals
I can tell you after doing this for six years we have seen some people graduate into those roles because they show themselves to be more than ready to take on some responsibilities that we hadn’t been asking them to do. I’ve not heard one complaint so far. You hear people talking years out what they’re going to do, and I think it’s become something that helps us provide a little bit more people to get them to be happier in their work.
Sabbaticals are a Great Employment Perk!
As organizations, we don’t have unlimited resources. We have to try to find those ways in which you could fill that pot with as much good stuff as you can often make up for a salary request. We’re trying to fill that place to really walk the walk, not just talk the talk about what makes us a good organization to work for. This is something we feel really firm about.
My journey is not a fairytale journey, I think by any means. And I think that’s where my kind of explains to you somewhere I guess I saw some things, and I wanted to do some things differently.
It Started With Me
But most of that started with me. Because at that point in time in my life I started saying so what’s in it for me what’s in it for Chrissy. So what’s the next step, right? So I got my degree. I’m ready to go like I want to be a director. I want to be a VP – let’s let’s do it!
But that didn’t come. And so I remember sitting there and I asked for promotions. I wrote really great letters that said why I should have been promoted. All of which got turned down by the CEO who just left – who is like my dad to me- an amazing man who really helped to build the character and me to help me transition into the CEO role.
But he turned me down many, many times and I remember walking out of his office going back. I felt like I know nothing and I don’t know what he’s talking about. I certainly deserve to be promoted. This is the next step.
I remember one day I came home and I was talking to my husband. I said “I just don’t get it. I love the credit union. I absolutely am in love with the industry and what the Credit Union Industry stands for. I love the people I work with, but it’s just not fitting, I am I missing something.
An Attitude of Service Made All The Difference
That’s when I kind of (figuratively) got smacked in the face by my husband (he’s very good to me) and he said, and it was it was you – it’s you, Chrissy. You’re the problem. You’re always looking for that self serving purpose. You’re looking for the what’s in it for Chrissy and what’s next for Chrissy. You’re not thinking about how do you go into that place every day and serve to exist or exist to serve others? And i remember going, oh my gosh, like that’s the point that I’m missing, I’m in a service industry, but I’m meant to be a servant to the people that I’m working with and working for and the people that I was leading at that time.
We are taking our own advice and we are going to take a hiatus from producing weekly podcasts at PureReinvention. We have a big event coming up (Connect: Detroit on May 22 – there’s still time to register) and all of us here feel that we need to take a step back and assess how we can best build and present future content in more digestible and diverse ways. In order to make that happen, we need to take the advice we give so freely and take a timeout to assess how we can best create and convey future content to you.
We meet and get inspired by many people in our PureReinvention journey and we will continue to share their stories with you. Audio podcasts will certainly play a role, but we want to add to the mix through other means of communication by adding video and blogs. We want to keep things fresh and present the content to you in a way that entertains as well as useful to you.
In the meantime, tell us what you think. What do you like about our podcasts? What would you like to see changed? This is an invitation to connect with us. We certainly would love to hear from you! Stay tuned to this channel for future updates and remember, if you’re ready to make a change, make it a change that lasts, make it PureReinvention!
“If you’re ready to make a change, make it a change that lasts. Make it PureReinvention.” (10:31)
- (2:00) A pivotal moment for PureReinvention.
- (5:30) Stepping into simplification.
Want to see reinvention in action? Look no further than the former Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association (now Check In Michigan). They have a new and innovative executive director and a board that is dedicated to serving the next generation in the Michigan hospitality industry. They hired the firm, Advance 360 to help guide them through the initial stage of this transition. Learn how reinvention ready organizations commence sustainable reinvention.
“It’s not a linear process by any means.” (9:07)
“Yes, the landscape is changing, but our role and how we champion this industry hasn’t changed.” (12:59)
“(Aspiration) It’s not a dream state. It’s a destination that we have our eye and finger on.” (14:55)
- (7:29) The feeling. The brand took flight.
- (10:22) Serious movement.
- (13:36) Engaging the marketplace.
- (14:59) Synchronizing collaboration.
- (18:16) Sifting through the raw data.
Tip of the Week
A brand is more than a logo. A brand expresses the organizational culture.
The interviews we conducted this month profiled success stories in reinvention readiness. Both Erin Patten and Dene Westbrook were ready to take the reinvention plunge. What did they have in common? We believe that they both had the four pillars of reinvention readiness: desire, curiosity, flexibility and confidence.
Everything begins with a desire to change your situation. Both Erin and Dene surrounded themselves with people who inspired them and pushed them to take the next step.
Both Dene and Erin also had Curiosity. A reinvention journey thrives on curiosity. They asked lots of questions and went outside their respective comfort zones.
They also showed flexibility. Successful reinvention only happens when you stretch your flexibility. You have to listen to the people you’ve surrounded yourself with and keep all options open.
Finally, both showed confidence. Once they did their homework, got a support group and they moved forward with the plan.
Want some help in your reinvention journey? Download this infographic which can serve as a bookmark or an image you can keep by your desk.
“(0:44) “Are you willing to take on a new role?”
“(5:11) “The power of taking pause.”
- (0:31) Flexibility.
- (2:59) Curiosity.
- (4:40) Confidence.
- (7:41) Desire.
Tip of the Week
Confidence is the fourth pillar of reinvention readiness. Rely on your support group and plan to give you the added boost you need to move things forward.