From the CEO: Staying together while apart – even on the other side of the globe

AME | April 10, 2020

The irony of the coronavirus pandemic is that while we’re all apart, we’re also realizing just how interconnected we are professionally and personally. It’s true — as I’ve seen in public service announcements for week’s now – that we are all in this together.

This doesn’t only mean those of us in our local organizations and communities. We are realizing how our experiences are connected to and mirror those of other’s around the world.

For me, this hit home last week when I had the pleasure of working with the AME Australia leadership team. Along with AME North America uber volunteers Doug Carlberg, Pat Carguello and Michael Bremer, I had the pleasure to speak with AME Australia’s Barry McCarthy (president), Laura Robertson (national manager) and Tim Odokeychuk (vice president). It was clear from our discussion that no matter where you are in the world, leadership excellence is needed to get through what we’re all facing.

For AME and our members, I know that the groundwork we’ve laid – to implement lean, spread continuous improvement methods, and advocate for people-centric leadership — will pay dividends as organizations around the world work through these difficult times. Our mission is “to inspire a commitment to enterprise excellence through experiential learning by bringing people together to share, learn and grow.” We will continue to do this throughout the pandemic even if “bringing people together” has shifted to a virtual location.

Where ever you are in the world, AME is here to support you, your teams, your organizations and your entire industry — whether by sharing information through free webinars, exchanging ideas during virtual lean coffee breaks or experiencing best practice sessions at our international conference or lean summit (once we are all able to see each other in-person again, of course).

In the meantime, please let me know if there’s anything we can do to help support you. 

Lastly, I wish those who celebrate a happy Easter or Passover.

And as always, please stay safe and keep looking out for one another.