ASUG is in the business of connecting people. As you can imagine, the headwinds are pretty strong right now, as the dramatic events of today have exposed us—and the rest of the world—to colossal challenges.
At ASUG, we are choosing resilience over doubt, planning over panic, and will always maintain a high level of faith in each other to do the right thing.
As we’ve done for nearly three decades, ASUG will continue to virtually bring together people who possess a wide variety of interests and experience, to allow them to collaborate and learn from each other, even when they’re separated by distance.
We offer more than 400 online events each year that help our members gain knowledge via a live call or on-demand session—and that’s not changing. (Check out our events calendar.)
Our Commitment to Help You
We are responding to the business climate we’re all facing by offering several ways for our members to connect—customer to customer—and talk about and share ideas on how to manage disruptions and uncertainties.
For example, ASUG Executive Exchange is holding a series of online sessions this week to allow our members to share how COVID-19 is impacting their organization, and what steps they are taking to address these challenges. It will provide an opportunity for Executive Exchange members to learn from each other on how best to respond to and recover from COVID-19 business disruptions.
Members can also join new and daily ASUG Think Tank calls, which will begin on March 18. In addition to previously scheduled Think Tank meetings, these daily 3 p.m. CT calls will give members opportunities to connect with their peers in similar roles and functional responsibilities. We’ll rotate through functional audiences—one call per day covering one specific audience. Here’s a link to the ASUG calendar that offers a filtered view of upcoming Think Tank events.
Your Network Is Key
ASUG has enabled face-to-face connections since 1991. Now is the time to rely on those relationships to get us through a time when virtual communications and working from home will be the norm.
Here are a few ways to continue to build connections and grow professionally during this time of social distancing:
- You can pick up the phone—yes, call someone you met, say, at the last chapter meeting.
- Connect with people on LinkedIn, or finally write that blog you’ve been itching to write.
- Set up a video chat with an ASUG connection you haven’t spoken to in six months.
- Follow 10 new people on Twitter who are fellow customers or experts in your field.
- Read a book, blogs, or take an online course on a subject that will help your career.
As an ASUG member, you can expect further communications from us on an event-by-event basis as we finalize or make alternative plans. We have been and will continue to follow the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines as well as those from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and federal and local agencies.
There has never been a more critical time to lean on your network. So, use the network that you’ve created, expand your ASUG connections over the coming weeks, and keep the communication flowing.