Wendy’s Water Cooler Chat

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Wendy-Jo Toyama, MBA, CAE

In August, I attended the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE) Annual Meeting. As with ACPA’s Annual Meeting, it is an opportunity to see old friends and make new ones, to dive deeper into association management topics, to maintain my professional credential, and to explore approaches and solutions to organizational challenges by connecting with colleagues, vendors and presenters. I attended educational sessions that ranged from governance to leadership to revenue generation:

  • Develop “Win/Win” Corporate Sponsorship
  • The Right Board Leaders Translate to High-Performance (ASAE research that included Board recruitment, nomination and election processes)
  • Game Changer: Be More Awesome – a Fresh Approach to Productivity (I recommend Chris Bailey’s book on productivity)
  • Crucial Negotiating Tactics
  • Game Changer: Living Out Loud (Nyle DiMarco, who is deaf and raising awareness of issues faced by the deaf community. He signed his presentation.)
  • Capital Campaigns: Not for the Faint of Heart
  • Game Changer: Balanced Obsession – The Science of Happiness and Success (Daniel Lerner who spoke compellingly on passion)

Each of the Game Changer speakers resonated with me – for different reasons.

Chris Bailey’s message was a practical one. Identify three things to accomplish each day. Focus and manage your time, energy and attention.

Nyle DiMarco was inspiring – utilizing his reality show platforms to raise awareness of issues faced by the deaf community. It was a reminder of the work we do to raise awareness of cleft lip, cleft palate and craniofacial conditions nationwide, as well as efforts to advance treatment, prevention and achieve positive outcomes for those individuals affected by it.

Finally, Daniel Lerner spoke about the difference between harmonious passion and obsessive passion. He shared a touching story about an opera singer (he was a talent agent for opera singers before he embarked on his study of passion and joy) who is joyful and passionate about his singing. He shared that there are many great talents who are passionate, but obsessive. For these people – there is no joy.

When I look at each of you, I see professionals who are passionate about your chosen profession. My sense is that for most of you – it is a harmonious passion and with it comes joy. Joy in helping ensure that every individual affected by cleft lip, cleft palate and craniofacial conditions thrives.