“A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more.” – Rosabeth Most Kanter
Greetings esteemed District 20 members,
As leaders, we always carry our own lenses of the future. All of us have our own vision of the future and out of this we derive our goals. We join Toastmasters for a reason and we stay in Toastmasters to fulfill certain needs.
I invited you leaders to start with the end in mind and ask yourself, where do you see yourself by the end of this term? What goals will you fulfill? How close will you be to your own vision by staying in Toastmasters?
All of the above questions are important for leaders to navigate toward our visions.
If you ask me for my own vision, I see District 20 among the top 8 district around the world by the end of the term!
Yes this sound like a challenging target but trust me all that is needed for us is to follow the 3 pillars and 3 operating principals to succeed.
District 20 Pillars of Success
To be able to get to our visions or goals, we need to have plans. It’s very important to ensure all the plans within the levels of District 20 leadership are in sync starting from the District Success Plan towards Division Success Plan, Area Success Plan and Club Success Plan. If these are properly aligned then we will definitely satisfy our members goals and the unity of moving as one family will be satisfied. This year we are not only planning for one term success but rather strategically aiming for a system to ensure sustainable success and that’s the intention of developing a District Strategic Success Plan enabled by the Strategic Planning Committee.
“Where leaders are made” is the tagline of Toastmasters. We need to ensure having a second line or even a third line of leaders ready to take over District & Club Officers. This will be visible by further involving the Assistant Division and Area Program Quality and Club Growth with the devised plans. We need to find talent within clubs and nurture that talent to lead in the future.
We need to utilize the past leaders who have breadth of knowledge to help us with our leadership responsibilities. Being the most senior district in Region 11, we have a breadth of leadership resources in District 20 that we are proud of who filled in all levels of leadership in the district.
District 20 Operating Principals
“Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality” – Abraham Lincoln
We need to believe in the vision right at the beginning and commit to it. We can’t achieve anything unless we are all committed as a family to the vision!
We need to be relentless in our quest to reach our goals. We need to sustain the commitment we made to ourselves and to each other until the last minute of this term!
We can do it as individuals but this will not take us to our district vision! We need to collectively care for each other’s goals to be able to get there as one united family. I’m sure for example some clubs in the district will achieve 10 DCPs by December end but it’s only when we reach out to other clubs who might not be as fortunate and lend a caring hand to help that we can reach our goals.
Let’s plan together, empower each other and tap on the legacy of mentors we have in District 20 to have a solid ground to build on with commitment, consistency and care. I’m sure we can do wonders as one united district 20 family!
Good luck to us leaders
Khalid Abdulla, DTM
District 20 Director
Tel: +973 39654575
Respected leaders of District 20,
Our District Director has already mentioned that our Vision is to be one of the top 8 districts in the world. The vision can be achieved if we work with the three C’s – Commitment, Consistency, and Care.
Our PQD mentioned the challenge we are to face in order to become amongst the top 8 districts from the existing 125 districts. But with meticulous planning and setting our targets straight, we can achieve our vision.
As the Club Growth Director, to achieve this vision, we need to focus on the 3 G’s.
1- Give back: We have gained so much from Toastmasters. Not only has it helped us improve our communication and leadership skills but also it has added a lot to our life, whether at a professional level or at a personal level. So, it is time for us to think back as to how we can give back to toastmasters. Let’s start with sharing the knowledge and skills we have learned within our clubs and beyond.
2- Growth: The district mission is “We build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence”. The growth of your Club, Area, Division, and District depends on many factors and our marketing plan will consider the following:
• Continuous promotion of Toastmasters throughout your community or organization.
• Focus on new territories like Egypt and Iraq, but not to forget marketing the same in Bahrain and Kuwait.
• Focus on corporate clubs and arrange for the corporate summit.
• How to sell toastmasters as a course and program through Speechcraft and YLP.
• Recognition for all leaders.
If we work relentlessly and continuously improve on these factors, it will definitely help us to grow and build on our vision.
3- Glow: To glow, shine and raise our district flag at the next International Convention conference as one of the top 8 districts. We need to believe in the crux of this organization and implement Toastmasters Core Values – Integrity, Respect, Service, and Excellence. Not to forget to add enormous amounts of Commitment, Consistency, and Care. We can strive in the path of excellence, rising step by step to reach our main goal i.e. to spread the spirit and synergy of toastmasters to every corner of the world.
As always, I believe that the true leader is someone who “LEARNS WITH ENJOYMENT, SHARES WITH PASSION & LEADS BY EXAMPLE”.
That being said, District 20 leaders, our Glow is in your hands.
“Learn, Share and Lead”.
Yours in Service,
TM Yaser Al Qashar
District 20 Club Growth Director (2022-2023)