Facebook has a funny way of transporting us to a different time and place. The daily reminders of our memories are an often-fun walk down memory lane. Each year, I’m reminded of the time I met Simon Cowell, a dinner out at a favorite restaurant, photos of the duck family that took up residency in my backyard, and so many other memories.
Recently, a Facebook memory reminded me that seven years ago I became a volunteer on the AME Southeastern Region board of directors. Reflecting on that time, I recall how AME’s mission aligned with my Malcolm Baldrige background, and I was excited by AME’s focus on enterprise excellence and people-centric leadership. I had always volunteered and served on boards for other professional organizations, but at AME I found a place that valued volunteerism, integrity, trust and a passion for sharing best practices with people from every industry and from the C-suite to the frontline. At AME, I found a place where everyone was happy to share, learn and grow together.
As my experiences with AME deepened, I found my first impressions of AME were just the tip of the iceberg. Even before becoming president & CEO last year, I benefited from being part of a group of lean practitioners who help each other identify solutions to existing and new obstacles. There is a great deal of collegiality among our members and there is no shortage of people who are willing to help out and offer some suggestions, some reading material, or a helpful tour when others are in need.
This is my #whyAME.
I continue to be amazed by our community’s open nature.
Do you want to see how a company built its culture? There’s a tour or a webinar for that.
Do you want feedback on your lean processes from a local peer group who can help you take your journey’s next steps? Join an AME consortium.
Are you a company leader who wants to empower your employees and network with a group of direct and C-level lean thinkers? The AME Champions Club is there for you.
This robust community and AME’s comprehensive commitment to sharing, learning and growing has kept me engaged since day one.
I’d love to hear your #whyAME story. We’ve posted this message on our LinkedIn page, and I invite you to comment about why you joined AME and what has kept you with us. Have you met collaborators? Did you have an a-ha moment at a conference? Are you energized by the opportunity to volunteer and spread lean thinking to others? Did a local consortium help you overcome an obstacle? Have you benefited from an opportunity to learn from past AME Excellence Award recipients? Are AME’s continued innovations like our new 2 Second Lean tour series continuing to provide value that you haven’t found elsewhere? Let me know in the LinkedIn comments and use the hashtag #whyAME when you do.
As always, please stay safe and keep looking out for one another.