Like many people these days, I am trying to find new ways to save money. In an effort to cut down on the monthly grocery bill I have started making my own bread. When I first read about it I thought it would be way too hard and take way too much time. Like many veterinarians, you could call me frugal. So, I was convinced to give it a try when I read that it only cost $0.53 per loaf as compared to my favorite brand that can be as high as $4.00 a loaf. So I found an easy recipe and dusted off my mixer. I thought I had it made by using the mixer – I wouldn’t even have to knead the dough by hand! However, I began to rethink my decision as the mixer was rocking off the counter and there was a faint smell of smoke coming from the motor. I was about to give up on the whole idea when I got a brand-new, more powerful mixer from my sister (for free!). I tried again with the new mixer and it was so much easier. It took half the time and half the effort, and the bread turned out deliciously!
That whole experience got me thinking about how having the right tools can make difficult tasks much easier. Any veterinarian that’s ever tried to pull a carnassial tooth with a slab fracture but otherwise healthy roots knows the power of having the right tools. This is a seemingly impossible task without a high-speed drill! (at least it is for me)
At the start of our Future Leaders Program we were given the simple yet powerful task of developing a toolkit for the benefit of veterinarians. To start our project, we surveyed AVMA members that have been out of school for less than 15 years. We asked about what areas of their life they are currently serving in leadership roles, which areas they would like to increase their involvement, what obstacles are preventing them from taking a leadership role, and what would tools they need to increase their involvement. They told us that the biggest obstacle to leadership involvement was the perceived time commitment. Many were interested in increasing their involvement, but they weren’t sure how to get involved. This was true for leadership opportunities in the community, in the workplace, and within organized veterinary medicine.
So, we listened to what you said and we are working to develop tools that will make it easier to take the lead in your community, your workplace, and your professional organization. Stay tuned for more information on just one of the ways the AVMA is working to make your life easier through their support of the Future Leaders Program.