Maintaining a team involves many different things, from active members to training. Sustainability is the merging of these two aspects in order to guarantee the next generation of the team is ready for any challenge.
Team 4206’s plan for sustainability is a simple three step process:
- Educate. As seniors leave and move on to their new adult lives, other team members must step up and take on the vacant roles in order to keep things running smoothly. In order to do this, we try to educate rising team members in the positions they are preparing to undertake. Seniors have invaluable information and experience that could fully prepare someone for their new role, and we hope to fully utilize their talents and knowledge to train the next generation of Robo Vikes.
- Outreach. The team doesn’t freeze up during the summer. We work on finding potential sponsors and community members. Another key to sustaining a team is to maintain a presence in the area. We do this through outreach in things like FLL or other forms of volunteer work.
- Planning. Last but not least comes the all important step of planning for success. The off-season is a time for team members to step back and look at what went wrong and right in the recent season. This opportunity offers us a chance to really see what we can do to improve next time. With that information, we can plan ahead and determine what we will and will not do next year when presented with similar problems.
Sustainability is paramount when it comes to an organization of any kind. Without it, the group would simply fall apart as members left. Keeping a cycle of servant leadership going in our community and team is how we plan to push the Robo Vikes forward for the upcoming years of competition.