I had the opportunity to attend ASUG’s Annual Leadership Retreat a couple of weeks ago. This was my first conference since becoming a member of the MN ASUG Leadership team, so although I was excited to escape the bitter cold and slide into flip flops for a weekend in Austin, TX, I didn’t quite know what to expect. It turned out to be an exciting event and I came back with even more appreciation for this great organization!
Here are my top three highlights:
- We started off our weekend with a presentation from Keynote speaker Miranda Barrett, Vice President of Growth and Retention at The Community Company. Miranda emphasized the importance of company culture and how to build the best culture within your company and among your team. If you’re looking for inspiration to build or change the culture within your role, a few books Miranda recommended were: “Start with Why” by Simon Sinek, “When” by Daniel Pink and “The Speed of Trust” by Stephen Covey.
- Time spent with other ASUG leadership team members, including my own Minnesota team! Maybe I am a bit biased, but I really do think we have the best team in ASUG. If you don’t believe me, show up at our quarterly Chapter meetings and social events, MN ASUG meeting info. You’ll be glad you did!
- Finally, this weekend reminded me how lucky we are to be part of such a great organization. We, as ASUG members, are surrounded by a wealth of knowledge, in regards to both our community and in excellent materials to guide us through our continuously changing ERP systems. How boring would life be without SAP?! We are fortunate to be supported by an organization that is so passionate about helping us get the most out of our SAP investments.
The Minnesota ASUG Leadership Team at ASUG’s 2019 Volunteer Meeting in Austin, TX.L-R Fred Sirota, Beth Bushman, Deb Syring, Helen Frericks – not pictured is Kathy Anderson
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