What is a P10 or POTL Academy?
One of VMAE’s signature programs, Power of 10 (P10) was introduced in 2012. Since then, over 30 VMAs have implemented this program to engage and develop recent graduates in a dynamic leadership development program. The P10 Academy (also sometimes described as the Power of Ten Leadership or POTL Academy), is a mechanism for participating VMA to offer and describe the program to its members.
How to Get Started
What will our VMA have to do?
Each VMA will create their own curriculum for the P10 Academy and invite 10 recent graduates to be part of that academy. A number of VMAs constructed their own curriculums, so there are plenty of great existing examples for you to use.
How much time will this take my VMA?
The time commitment varies depending on the structure selected. Committed volunteers can supplement the efforts of staff.
What will this cost my VMA?
You can budget whatever you like. Several state VMAs spent approximately $5,000 but others spent more. Sponsorship may be available from industry. Participating VMAs have shared their ideas, curriculum and costs in a separate document that you may find helpful.
What will my VMA get back in return for creating a P10 Academy?
You will generate and engage an incredible group of high-energy, enthusiastic recent graduates who will likely become active in your organization and spread the word about the wonderful work you are doing! You will also be affirming your VMA’s commitment to helping recent graduates develop foundational skills in leadership, communications and business that will advance their individual success. And you will find yourself with a much deeper understanding of what recent graduates find to be relevant and meaningful in their relationship with the VMA and with the veterinary profession. You will find that your P10 Academy pays dividends that far surpass your investment.
Only a number- While 10 participants typically work really well for most groups, there is still value in a group of more or less (5, 8, 12, etc.). Start small and grow if needed. The organizational investment is pretty much the same but know that you are bringing so much value to those who participate, regardless of the number.
Make it your own- While P10 is often called a Leadership Program or Academy, you absolutely can customize the program for your needs. For some, it is a personal and professional development program, as “leadership” can be an intimidating word for many at this point in their career, even if it is the reality of becoming a doctor.
Support- Call on your local/regional partners, sponsors, and members to provide support, mentoring, and resources. So many love to mentor and guide the newer generation; engaging them is a great way to get others involved and help subsidize the program.
Add some fun! Some of the most beneficial parts of the program are the friendships made and often solidified by fun social activities facilitated throughout the program: escape room, wine-tasting, kayaking trip, cooking class, etc.
Content and curriculum suggestions have been developed to assist the VMA with implementation of this transformative program in their association. The VMAE P10 Committee has developed a huge set of resources and topic ideas. See the file library at the bottom of this page for curriculum resources (Must be signed in to access). For additional tools and training ideas, please visit www.mindtools.com.