AAMI News July 2018

Career Center: AAMI President Shares 'Five B's' for a Successful Career

Robert Jensen share career advice.
“Be your best self,” AAMI President and CEO Robert Jensen told students and young professionals during the AAMI 2018 Next Generation Breakfast.

Achieving career success takes more than being knowledgeable or technically proficient in your field, working well with colleagues, and understanding how to manage other employees. You also must know—and learn how to manage—yourself.

That was the lesson AAMI President and CEO Robert Jensen imparted to up-and-coming healthcare technology management professionals during the Next Generation and Young Professional Breakfast at the AAMI 2018 Conference & Expo.

Jensen also shared with attendees his five “B’s” for attaining a successful and fulfilling career:

Be authentic. “There’s no way for a good leader to figure out how to get you to a place where you’ll be the most productive and the most happy unless you’re authentic with them about what it is that you enjoy, what you don’t enjoy, what drives you crazy in a work environment, and how you like to be fulfilled at work,” Jensen advised. “An unhappy employee is a management and leadership problem.”

Be flexible—when you can. “That goes a little bit against my advice to ‘be authentic,’” Jensen said. “There are times in your career where you’re not going to get it all. Think through what you need and what you want. If it’s something you desire rather than a requirement, then think about what you’re willing to give and take when it comes to a position.”

Be professional. “That means being your best self in your work environment,” Jensen said. “People are always looking for people of high integrity, who are prepared, and who participate and engage in their professional community. Simply showing up distinguishes you from others—managers and leaders will notice.”

Build your credentials. “The true hallmark of a professional is that they don’t stop learning. They continue to engage and be curious,” Jensen added. “The more curious you are to advance the healthcare environment in a meaningful way and better serve the institutions and patients that you’re working for, the better off you’ll be. You need to read about the latest advances and get involved. Work with your teams and colleagues to figure out if there’s something you should be doing or looking at that you aren’t.”

Balance your life and work. “Nobody has a picture of their office on their refrigerator,” Jensen observed. “You have to learn to disconnect. You’ll find that, in doing so, you’ll bring more to work and to your home environment. There are surge times at work when it’s all-hands-on-deck, but there should also be surge times for your family when you reconnect with the people who are most important to your life.”

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