Lessons from ‘12/Resolutions for ‘13

Vanda Ametlli, IIE Great Lakes Region Vice President, Henry Ford Health System

There is nothing like the eagerness to start fresh that comes with a New Year.
In order to move forward with our resolutions whether personal or professional,
it’s important to reflect back and build on our strengths. I have had a great year
to grow as a young professional and look forward to growing further in some of
the areas that I thought were important to me this past year.

Decision Making

Making decisions on your own is often difficult. Getting a team to make decisions
even more difficult. Industrial Engineers are great at problem analysis but going
that extra step to make decisions based on findings requires effort. As a young
professional, it can be intimidating to even take on projects and tasks, where
your leadership skills need to help a team make big decisions. Make a resolution
this year to go beyond your comfort zone and ask to participate in meetings,
projects that allow you to grow in your facilitation. In addition, community and
mentoring programs are also an opportunity to emerge in team dynamics and
learn how you can motivate and drive good decision-making.

Knowledge is Power

It’s no news that we live in an information age. Take advantage of what IIE
and its divisions and societies offer to make sure you are up to date with best
practices around the nation. Set-up Google alerts for your areas of interest. I
have enjoyed the past 3 years of being in Healthcare because there is not a day,
where I am not learning about some new regulations, new technology and new
dependencies that impact the future. As you go into the year, evaluate your
sources of news, information and new topics that you should be utilizing.


One of my lessons this past year as a young professional, has been that
perfectionism should not be the goal but as Vince Lombardi said, “Perfection
is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence”. It’s very
easy to get wrapped into producing “perfect work”, but as competing deadlines
and responsibilities increase, constantly evaluate if your quest for perfection is
impacting your journey to excellence.

Work-Life Balance

It’s easy to take work-life balance for granted as a young professional especially
when many have not begun with family commitments. Time, however is valuable
at no matter what stage in your career and personal life you might be. Figuring
out a balance that best works for you might take some trial and error but don’t let
a year go by without thinking about mechanisms that you need to put in place to
assure you have the best of your work-life balance.

What have been some of the areas that you learned from in 2012? What are you
doing to make sure that you improve in 2013?


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