FRIDAY ROUND-UP
The topic of this week’s article is Delegated Decisions. “For Smarter Decisions, Empower your Employees” was shared by McKinsey & Company, and written by Aaron De Smet, Caitlin Hewes, and Leigh Weiss. Some highlights from the article: 

“We find that organizations often underestimate both the hidden value of getting delegated decisions right and the difficulty of uncovering this value.” 

“The key to achieving better delegated decisions is to empower employees by developing their managerial capabilities to give them the authority or power to act.” 

The authors share how to support delegation and employee empowerment through these five essential actions: 

  1. Ensure that your organization has a well-defined, widely understood strategy. 
  2. Clearly define roles and responsibilities.
  3. Invest in capability building (and coaching) up front. 
  4. Build an empowerment-oriented culture. 
  5. Decide when the other managerial archetypes are appropriate. 
Last week we had the privilege of participating in the roll-out of the new Florida Gap Map, created by the Florida Chamber Foundation. With the Florida Gap Map, we can see the 3rd grade reading levels in our area broken down by school.

The Florida Gap Map is a tool that helps visualize the intersection of third grade reading scores for every public school in Florida with childhood poverty rates.

Why is 3rd grade so important? Because this is the last year students focus on “learning to read"; after this they are “reading to learn.” Proficiency at the 3rd grade level is indicative of future high school graduation and more. The Florida Gap Map, a first in the nation, and will help educators, parents, media and policymakers easily identify school level performance gaps, so business leaders can focus resources on helping close those gaps."
From the Florida Chamber: “Equity gaps exist in Florida and Florida’s global competitiveness depends on equality of opportunity in every zip code as well as a quality education system. For the business community, the right outcomes in education and opportunity simply must begin early. Pre COVID-19, 58 percent of Florida's third graders were reading on or above grade-level. Without metrics for the 2019-2020 school year, it is more important than ever to focus our efforts on investing in closing education gaps and providing equality of opportunity for each child in Florida. By the year 2030, Florida strives to increase the number of third graders reading on or above grade level to 100 percent to secure those who represent the future of Florida: our youngest Floridians. In addition, as part of the Florida 2030 Blueprint, and through the Florida Prosperity Initiative, we are cutting childhood poverty in half."

Here is a link to the webinar about the Florida Gap Map. Though the webinar is an hour, the true content is in the first 25 minutes and the rest is questions on the new platform. 

For a list of all topics being offered in September, follow this link or click the Lee Health logo.
Another round of distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is planned for Lee County businesses. Business representatives will receive 200 facemasks and a case of hand sanitizer; limit one PPE-pick up per company. No advance registration is necessary. County staff will ask the person representing the business for the business name, address and EIN number (Employer Identification Number). Only businesses with Lee County addresses will be eligible to receive PPE. To learn more, watch this video on YouTube or Facebook.

The business distribution sites will operate 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weather permitting and while supplies last at each site: 

Yesterday I participated in the “Breakfast of Champions” event of the FutureMakers Coalition. It was a strong virtual event and I wanted to share a few moments from the morning with you. 
 
  • Doug VanOort, Chairman of the Board of Directors & CEO of our new member NeoGenomics was the opening keynote speaker. NeoGenomics is invested in our community and they have set the stage for getting involved and working in our region’s areas of need.  

  • We also heard from Tessa LeSage, Director of the FutureMakers Coalition, with an update on the goal of reaching 55% of working age Southwest Floridians holding a credential beyond a high school degree by 2025.  

  • There was an eye-opening conversation with renowned author and TED talk speaker, Dan Pallotta, about funding for non-profits, how you should contribute, and his new “flat organizational chart."
  
  • Charleita Richardson, the new Executive Director of the Florida College Access Network, shared data on equity and Tessa updated us on the new virtual Implicit Bias training developed mid-COVID. 


I will share the link for the entire event in a future email. In the interim, here is a short video from Sarah Owen, President & CEO of the SWFL Community Foundation.  
Have a great weekend! Stay Safe!

-Colleen