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The Leadership Challenge: Priming the Pump

Last month I talked about the challenge of filling our volunteer leadership pipeline.  This is a multi-faceted challenge that includes the search, identification, and mentoring of potential new leaders.  Once we get volunteers to come forward, we need to figure out ways to help them become successful in their leadership roles.  This includes training on […]

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The Decision to Volunteer: The Why, How, and a Personal Call to Action

In their book, The Decision to Volunteer: Why People Give Their Time and How You Can Engage Them, Beth Gazley and Monica Dignam used research on associations to better understand why members volunteer for professional societies such as ISA.  Their research indicated that volunteers contribute their time for both altruistic (other-serving) and instrumental (self-serving) reasons.  […]

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How Can ISA Best Meet My Needs?

How can ISA help me?  This is a question we hear from automation professionals, members, and volunteer leaders.  As a section leader, it is a question that I have also asked in the hope of helping me better perform my volunteer role.  There is no simple one-line answer, but let me provide a few common […]

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Why Do Automation Professionals Join ISA?

Now that we have discussed our five strategic goals (Content, Data, Coolest Delivery, Cybersecurity, and Advocacy) and our additional focus areas for 2016 (Alignment, Leadership , Globalization and Voice of the Customer), our front line volunteer leaders and collective members are all thinking the same thing:  What’s in it for me (WIFM)?  Depending on the answer, you […]

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ISA Relies on Your Input to Continually Improve

In this month’s post, I turn my attention to the last of our four focus areas for 2016: Voice of the Customer (VOC). I hope that by taking a closer look at these priorities for the Society (the three others are Alignment, Leadership and Globalization), we can better understand their significance and collectively work to achieve […]

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ISA Is Committed to Expanding Its Global Presence

This month, I continue my examination of what I deem to be the four priority areas of focus for the Society in 2016. After previously covering Alignment and Leadership, I turn my attention to the issue of Globalization (leaving the fourth, Voice of the Customer, for May). Globalization is a complex matter for any company […]

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Sustaining ISA’s Tradition of Strong Volunteer Leadership

As you recall, last month I focused my blog post on the issue of Alignment, one of four important areas of emphasis for ISA in 2016. This month, I tackle the second: Leadership. Leadership is a complex topic and incorporates several key aspects: The Search, Identification & Nomination Process; Succession Planning; Training & Education; and […]

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Setting ISA’s Priorities for 2016 and Beyond

I am really excited and honored to become the President of ISA in 2016. I’ve been an active member of the Society for more than 30 years and have served in numerous leadership positions. I feel confident that my experience and exposure with various operations of ISA have prepared me for this position. I’m looking […]

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