ASIS President Rich Widup, CPP, shares his insights on a range of issues in his monthly column.
Happy New Year! I hope you had a rewarding and refreshing holiday season. I am excited, honored, and humbled to be your President and want to thank the many ASIS leaders who mentored me over the years and helped shape my career path, as well as deeply influenced my leadership and management skills. On that note, I would like to share some thoughts with you on professional and leadership development.
The start of a new year is traditionally a time of reflection and renewal. It is an ideal opportunity to re-evaluate professional goals and plan concrete steps toward achieving them. I encourage you to pause and assess where you are today and where you want to be by the end of 2014. Not sure where to begin? Here are some tips that have worked well for me.
Nurture your network.
Having a strong network is an essential part of a successful career. But maintaining it takes effort. It's easy to add someone on LinkedIn and then forget about him or her. Resolve to follow up with those you meet at conferences and chapter meetings. Be flexible with how you do this. It could range from recurring meetups for coffee or lunch to simple phone calls or email. Remember, your network is worth as much as you are willing to put into it.