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Each spring, your AAMSE Board comes together to look at the strategic plan for the association and make course adjustments based on trends, opportunities and a variety of factors that influence the work we all do with associations. This year was no different. Last week, your Board gathered in Milwaukee to revisit our plan and tweak it to meet the changing world around us.
AAMSE’s strategic plan has three main areas of focus:
The Board discussed the goals and objectives for each and developed action steps to obtain success in all three areas. At the end of the meeting, we left with a number of realistic yet ambitious goals to sustain the organization and its members and to help us all further develop professionally. You will see the fruits of our labors in the coming months.
Murray Kopelow, MD, to Retire As President and CEO of
Murray Kopelow, MD, has announced that he will retire as President and Chief Executive of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) on July 31, 2015. At the time of his retirement, Dr. Kopelow will have completed more than 30 years of exemplary service to the continuing medical education (CME) community, with 20 of those years spent as the ACCME’s Chief Executive.
Dr. Kopelow discussed his retirement plans and the transition process during the ACCME Board of Directors meeting held in March in Chicago.
“Dr. Kopelow’s executive management over the last 20 years leaves the ACCME in a healthy financial position, with an energetic, creative, and dedicated staff. Through these many years, Dr. Kopelow has envisioned and led the ACCME’s trajectory of innovation and improvement. The Board of Directors is committed to maintaining that trajectory. We are pleased that Dr. Kopelow will continue to lead the ACCME during the transition period, to ensure a smooth leadership transition process,” said Carlyle H. Chan, MD, Chair, Board of Directors, ACCME.
The timing of the announcement affords the ACCME more than a year to identify Dr. Kopelow’s successor and implement the transition process. In the coming months the ACCME will conduct a national search for Dr. Kopelow’s successor. The ACCME will keep the CME and stakeholder community apprised of its progress.
As we lead up to the AAMSE Annual Conference, the AAMSE Blog will be featuring sneak previews of the speakers and presentations from the 2014 conference program by welcoming speakers as guest bloggers in the AAMSE Blog's "Speaker's Corner".
Automated Efficiency: Three Tech Tools that Do the Work for You
Guest Blogger: Beth Ziesenis, Your Nerdy Best Friend
How much time do you spend on tiny little tasks that eat into your work time? A recent study of programmers found that each time he is interrupted, it takes 10-15 minutes to get back to work, and rarely does he have more than 2 hours in a row of uninterrupted time.
Sound familiar? Association executives don’t necessarily write computer code, but we do face the same types of problems with tasks that take us away from the real work we’re paid to do.
Even though technology has become one of our major distractions (have you checked Facebook at work today?), apps and tech tools also offer relief from distractions by taking care of little tasks for us.
IFTTT stands for “if this then that….” The free service lets you create tiny recipes that automate little tasks you do on a regular basis.
You can create dozens of automating recipes by connecting your cloud services and social media logins to your IFTTT account. IFTTT is a web-based service as well as an iPhone app.
Have you ever driven to three office supply stores to see if they had the right color cardstock for your board book covers? Let technology do the legwork for you with TalkTo. TalkTo lets you write questions to businesses and receive the answers via your device, without getting into the car or onto the phone. If the business is not a member of TalkTo, a representative will actually make the call for you and text you back.
TalkTo is available online as well as iOS and Android devices.
We’ve all gotten into a taxi at the airport and drawn a blank when the driver says, “Where to?” because our hotel reservation is buried in the email. TripIt solves this problem by automatically organizing all your travel reservations into one location. The cool thing is that all you have to do to get organized is to forward your reservation confirmations to firstname.lastname@example.org, and TripIt does the organizing for you by trip and date. When you open TripIt on the road, you’ll see your confirmation numbers, addresses, phone numbers and even weather forecasts for your destinations.
TripIt is available on all major mobile operating systems as well as online.
Beth Ziesenis, aka Your Nerdy Best Friend, is an author, speaker and full-time nerd. Named a Favorite Speaker by both MeetingsNet and Meetings & Conventions magazines, Beth Z speaks to 60+ associations and other organizations a year. Her latest book, Release Your Inner Nerd: Apps, Tech Tools and Tips to Get Organized, Get Creative and Get Ahead, is available from Amazon.com and other online retailers.
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We need to be honest: we’re facing a workforce crisis. An average of 10,000 Baby Boomers are retiring every day, and they have knowledge you can’t afford to lose. With a good succession plan in place, you don’t have to. Instead, facilitate a transfer of knowledge to improve your organization and support its future viability.
Get your employees of all ages together and learn from each other's knowledge using the following tactics as your guide:
Create affinity or networking groups in your workplace to draw an age-diverse crowd. Affinity groups can bring together employees from across the organization and provide them an opportunity to collaborate socially and professionally. It’s a great way for employees to share ideas and information about how they do their work.
Affinity groups not only allow employees to share their knowledge, they also make people feel valued and give them a voice within the organization— both things that help build loyalty with Generation Y. Plus, bringing together a diverse crowd to work through ideas will foster innovative problem solving. Everybody wins.
Integrate knowledge transfer
Knowledge transfer should not be something that’s only done when someone announces a plan to leave; it should be built into job functions and requirements. Cross-train employees, even if you have a small workforce. Don’t let yourself get into a situation where the person leaving is the only one who knows how to do the job.
Developing internal mentorship roles is one way to ensure knowledge is shared and doubles as a way to attract and keep Millennials who are always eager to learn from those who may have more experience in the workforce.
Involve everyone in succession planning
Engage current employees in the succession planning process. Have open discussions about each role: where it’s going in the future and who will be doing it. Open conversation will help you create plans and develop goals for your employees that support their specific interests.
Gen Y employees want to be part of the conversation, so engage them in it. Encourage them to learn from the Xers and Baby Boomers to understand their leadership roles and what it requires to hold those positions.
Your mix of generations in the workplace is to your advantage, even if some of them will be retiring soon. Capture their knowledge before they go, and engage the rest of the workforce to help.
Succession planning is more than taking notes in an exit interview and writing up a job description. Succession planning is something that needs to be happening every day in a variety of ways around your organization. The more people you have involved and the more you integrate it into everyday work, the stronger your future.
This post originally appeared on the XYZ University blog and is republished with permission.
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