Thursday, June 14, 2012

Opinion: When leaders leave their organization.

There comes a time when a person's executive role is one. Whether they skip town, retire or just move on to bigger and better things, their respective organizations come to a stand-still. In less than one month, two extremely important Latino non-profits are losing their executive directors. Both Raices Culturales Latinoamericanas and Artístas y Músicos Latino Americanos (AMLA) are seeking new leaders. While Veronica Castillo, current Raices ED, is retiring, Lucas Rivas, current AMLA ED, is moving on to Los Angeles, CA for an offer he could not refuse. So what are these organizations to do?

The easy answer is to just move on. Whenever a current leader resigns, they give the organization almost a month to seek new leadership. People are quick to judge and complain about why they resigned but that's life. Nobody likes change, but sometimes it does leave room for improvement. The ironic part is that both organizations recently launched new websites; and they look great. Who should replace them? I would hope it's someone local; someone who knows the market. I wish nothing but the best for Veronica and Lucas.
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