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Question for you: What keeps you happy at work? It doesn’t have to be just one thing. It could be a multitude of reasons such as the people you work with, your job itself, the benefits, just to name some.
With the New Year upon us, it’s common to reflect in order to avoid making the same mistakes of the past. Last weekend I was at my parents' house and while observing them, I admired the amazing relationship they continue to have after 58 years of marriage. On the drive home, I was reflecting on their success.
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Think about all the areas in your life where automation exists. It’s become so ingrained in our everyday activities that sometimes we don’t even realize it. The truth is that if we didn’t have automation, we’d be less efficient, more constrained, and much more stressed out every minute of every day. While it might seem like an easy concept to accept since it plays such a seemingly normal role in our daily lives, have you wondered what the experience is like when you make the decision to automate a process? You soon realize it’s more complicated than you anticipated—it's a lot of change. And let's be honest, as human beings we are inherently wired to distrust anything that disrupts our ordinary routines. This was an experience that the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists had faced.
Once again, it is the holiday season, which also means time for the annual ASAE Technology Conference and Expo 2016. Since this is the season of giving, whether coming as an attendee from an organization or a vendor, this show should be approached in the spirit of the season. The holidays and the impending New Year is an ideal time for personal and professional reflection. As both associations and vendors, we all need to ask ourselves, what can we be doing better and how do we plan to do so?
Birmingham, Alabama, has been my one and only home, but I had always dreamt of uprooting my life and moving away to a “big city” where I could experience a new and much different way of living and not feel so stifled and stuck. Almost a year ago, that dream came true, and I found myself trading the South for life in Chicago. While moving homes may not be exactly like moving membership software, you'd be surprised by the overlap my fish-out-of-water experience has with the association executives I've talked with over the past year.