In our case, the solution is two-fold. One part is programming — everything we do, no matter how complicated or advanced, can be broken down into manageable steps and logical precursors: there is nothing the super-star athletes are doing that can’t be modified for beginners on day one of their journey. The second part is community — the owners and coaches have taken pains to create a place where all are welcome, everyone is friendly, and you can at once admire someone who can walk on their hands, and also not feel intimidated if you’re still walking briskly instead of sprinting around the block.
I’ve been thinking about programming and community a lot as I finished my first month as CEO of MTC. For me, that journey involves talking to as many member schools as I can, and while I’m just getting started, it’s clear to me that we can evolve our programming over the coming year to make sure all members get what they need. We’re incredibly proud of the 12 schools that sent transcripts this year, and the fact that 25+ schools are planning on sending them next year. However, in our community of nearly 400 schools, those early adopters are the ones slinging heavy barbells overhead, and we want to be equally supportive of the schools that are still warming up.
With that in mind, we’re actively working on some things that you’ll start to see roll out over the coming year:
Overall, what’s most exciting to me is all of the above is only a partial list: the things our team is most confident about based on where we are today and where we think we can go next. Yet every time we speak with members, we get more great ideas, and our plans get even better.
If you haven’t spoken with anyone at MTC in a while, and would like to share your ideas about where we can go next, let’s change that: please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear how we can be most helpful to you and your colleagues as we turn the corner from this uniquely challenging year, and get back to working hard together. Who knows? Maybe with consistency and a bit of sweat, by this time next year we can all be walking on our hands.