Kent A. Corso, PsyD, BCBA-D has been the principal of NCR Behavioral Health since he founded it in 2010. He is a dynamic speaker and talented teacher and consultant. Kent has often been sought out for his ability to engage his audience and make the content highly accessible and easily digestible. His approach to speaking and training uniquely adds value by provoking the intellect of his audiences. An innovative and strategic thinker, he is often referred to as a thought leader by his clients and audiences. In 2014, Kent co-founded Xcelerate Innovations, a small, agile software firm specializing in performance management software. Xcelerate Innovations developed the first and only API and native application for the digital Standard Celeration Chart. The company continues to grow due to its meticulous product development and innovative ways of solving data, analytics and informatics problems.
It is with great humility and appreciation that I share my personal intentions regarding this nomination to the SCS BOD. My contributions to the BOD can be distilled down to four faculties: organizational development and sustainability, leadership, strategic thinking/planning, and relationship building.
Through my experience serving on another organization’s BOD, I am keenly aware of the importance of maintaining one’s clarity of role within a BOD. Balancing power, responsibilities, roles and ensuring effective timely and appropriate communication are the common pitfalls that detract from many BODs’ effectiveness. It is critical that the SCS President and the BOD do not trip over one another due to these common traps. These are some “low hanging fruit” that I can contribute to help optimize the SCS BOD.
Beyond some important fundamentals, the SCS is undergoing various changes, as some of the first members and founders recently vacated their seats, newer BOD members have filled their seats, SCS By-laws have been passed and we are eager for our first international conference in 2022. The organization is evolving. I can contribute to this change in a positive and meaningful way by applying my acumen in change management, organizational growth, strategic thinking, and plan development. I am adept at working with diverse stakeholders to identify and achieve shared goals (i.e., even when these group members have diverse or opposing values or interests).
Fortunately, across the SCS, there is a shared value for the SCC, which makes the current change process more linear. Yet, factions or subsets of SCS members, aligned by their professional interests may stall or thwart progress – particularly as we attract more non-ABA members (e.g., Stu Harder’s COVID-19 Facebook group). When harnessed and cultivated well, these differences become assets to the SCS, enriching the SCS as it evolves. Change demands positive leadership, which will be an essential contribution of mine. Something I learned while practicing business mediation is that making communication more effective among parties guarantees that the diversity of interests – not positions – are appreciated, considered, and integrated into solutions. Improved communication throughout the SCS will help our organization evolve more responsibly, successfully, and inclusively.
The SCS is enduring change amidst a global pandemic. This should not be overlooked or underestimated. Now more than ever, the SCS needs BOD members who are flexible and resilient, who can pose the difficult questions and help generate innovative and precise solutions, especially in the face of stress. My military experience trained me to operate calmly under pressure – always assuming positive intent for those with whom I work and never taking anything personally. Maintaining professionalism, healthy boundaries, and a sense of “we can do it” has been an asset to me in my professional and personal life.
I am a positive and energetic person with high motivation to contribute to “the mission” – be it my job, family, leisure, faith, or volunteer work. I am committed to applying my capabilities and strengths to the SCS’s mission. In contrast to the above examples, which are directed internally to the SCS, my career has involved disseminating, teaching, and promoting scientific concepts and tools – often in novel ways (e.g., using the SCC for suicide prevention) broadly to diverse audiences. This builds essential connections to other people and organizations. At a time when the SCS is interested in diversifying and growing – for its own vitality, sustainability and to align with its values, I would be an excellent BOD member to help it accomplish these.