The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce last Thursday celebrated its 99th annual meeting with a luncheon event held at Hotel Albuquerque.
Tom Antram, President of FRENCH Family of Companies was formally introduced as Chairman of the Board; retired Rear Admiral Scott Moore, a former Navy SEAL provided an inspiring message on leading no-fail teams. Chamber President and CEO Terri Cole emceed the event.
Moore, who served for 30 years as a SEAL leader and team member, is a master in organizational leadership and team building. Throughout his hour-long address, he outlined foundational principles—Leadership (that works), the Team, and the Culture—for creating the types of teams equipped for ‘no fail’ missions and applied the principles to the business environment.
Being a leader takes more time, more planning and more energy said Moore. But leaders must accept their role, make and explain their decisions to their teams and listen to the experience of other team members, regardless of position. He told the audience leaders must also be the most committed among the group and must “lead the decision from the front.”
Above any individual, Moore said, there must always be an emphasis on the team. In SEAL training, there is an individual focus for the first couple of months he said, but then it turns to the team. “Your proximity to the target is not your importance to the mission,” said Moore. The goal is cohesiveness and transparency among team members where dialogue is free-flowing, and built upon mutual trust. “Never talk bad about your team,” he said.
The third foundation, culture, drives everything he said. According to Moore, role models create the culture and “buy-in” from the team makes it last. Moore stressed a ‘culture of ownership’ at the ground level. “Whoever encounters the problem, we expect them to act,” he said. “We have to have enough trust in people that others can do it.”
Moore’s presentation was preceded by remarks from Antram who reviewed plans underway at the Chamber for the new program year which kicked off on July 1. Antram noted several key principles driving the Chamber’s program of work; the principles resulted from months of research and benchmarking conducted by the Chamber’s Strategic Planning Team which explored the ever-changing business landscape and addressed the Chamber’s desire to stay ahead of changes in the ways that members communicate, interact and perceive value.
Antram said the Chamber will focus its efforts on customized engagement, the concept of association versus joining, driving the change, focusing on three key issues to fix things that don’t work and a laser-focus on bold policy work through its Bold Issues Group (BIGs), Sector Advocacy Teams (SATs) and Connections Advocacy Network (CANs).
For more information on the BIGs, SATs and CANs, download the Chamber’s Plan of Action HERE.
To read event coverage by the Albuquerque Journal, click HERE.