It was an honor for me to be given the opportunity to emcee the TSABAA 2018 Winter Conference in Kerrville. I was struck by the engagement of the attendees and the focus on improving in their individual roles. I found everyone associated with TSABAA to be professional and yet approachable. They seemed to enjoy the time to reconnect and make new friends. What I see as important for any organization or association is the capacity to grow as an entity while providing opportunities for individual development. I see that clearly in TSABAA.
About the Author
Randy is the Chief Innovation Officer for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. He leads a team of three dynamic individuals who are responsible for the strategies and objectives to champion innovation at the agency: Becoming a Learning Organization to Adapt Quickly; Applying Organizational Trend Forecasting to Ensure Long-Term Success; and, Exploring Gaps and Opportunities Agencywide. The newly-created Enterprise Project Management Office is also under Randy’s leadership. In addition to his management responsibilities, he facilitates Whiteboard Theory sessions for various divisions intent on creating safe-to-fail experiments to not only improve their operations, but also to uncover what is a next practice. He is a member of the Texas Coordinating Council for Veteran’s Services Employment Workgroup. He led the team which created the winning application for the Quality Texas Progress Award, a state award based on the National Baldrige Award criteria. Randy has an MBA and an MA in Human Resources Development. In December 2015, he completed the Transformative Leadership Program, a 6-month developmental learning experience created and hosted by the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and the University of Adelaide. As the Training Director for a statewide beverage wholesaler in New Mexico, he created a leadership workshop based on The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner. In the past, he was known to have stepped on the stage at open mic nights at comedy clubs.
Randy Nesbitt can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.