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Building on ISA’s Financial and Operational Success

I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve as ISA President for 2017. ISA is an organization with a long and distinguished history of providing value to our members and to the automation community at large. I’ve benefitted greatly through my ISA membership and leadership experiences. In large part, that’s why I sought this opportunity. […]

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Putting the Pedal to the Metal

Since this will be my last column as Society President, I want to start by thanking you for all of your contributions to our profession and ISA as well as for your support over the past year. I also want to thank our volunteer leaders for their passion and dedication.  It is our volunteers who […]

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Ain’t No Stopping Us Now

We just finished our Fall Leaders Meeting (FLM) and it was so invigorating spending time with our dedicated volunteer leadership teams.  There was record attendance, many new faces, and an outstanding Honors & Awards Gala event.  The Leaders Meeting Planning Committee developed a strong program that offered many opportunities to hone our ISA and work-related […]

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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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