In 2015 the Tilt-Up Concrete Association Board of Directors made the decision to dissolve all standing committees. This is not uncommon. Many boards employ a zero-based committee structure where each year begins with a clean committee slate. The goal is to avoid stagnation, stay flexible and future-oriented while increasing the frequency with which leadership opportunities arise. Instead of working to populate an outdated matrix of committees, the TCA has opted to work more informally in small groups around specific tasks or goals. Their work has been short and results-oriented.
To better communicate these opportunities, the TCA maintains a fluid set of what we are calling Categories of Engagement (COE). Each COE listed below represents a subject or topic around which activity can be organized. The purpose of these COE is to stimulate conversation, facilitate collaboration and gather feedback. While each COE will have TCA staff assigned to keep the ball rolling, they will be somewhat unstructured to avoid meaningless meetings and death by committee. The product of these groups is not pre-programmed. They are meant to stimulate self-organized subcategories or task groups in support new projects and new ideas. They are charged with identifying new leaders and they are free to focus on industry and member value over process bureaucracy.
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If one of the active COE are of interest to you, visit their page and familiarize yourself with the work they are doing. If you’d like to get involved, use the linked form on that page to communicate your details. A member of the group’s leadership will be in touch to bring you up to speed. If for some reason the group is full, no worries. Check out some of the other groups, wait for another to form, or propose a new category of engagement yourself!
Some groups benefit from broad participation, others from involvement of a smaller selection of subject-matter experts. Either way, group size is critical to the productivity of the effort. For each COE, TCA staff and group leadership will work together to set the ideal number of participants.
Something missing? If there is a subject you are passionate about or a project you have in mind for the industry, let us know. Use the linked form to communicate your idea and the role you are willing to play in its execution. TCA’s leadership will review your submittal and if accepted, help you build a team to go after it. Proposals should be specific in nature and of limited scope and duration.