Recognizing Your Hard Work

By Jim Nash posted 24 days ago


Graduation season is upon us. I am sure that most of us have or are planning to attend some type of graduation or award ceremony this year. I know that I feel so much respect and admiration for those being recognized for their hard work. As manager’s our efforts often go unnoticed and our teams are generally unaware of the crisis averted due to our work behind the scenes. For us, the satisfaction from a job well done is enough. Well, it doesn’t have to be!

We are currently accepting applications for the dvm360/VHMA Practice Manager of the Year (PMOY). This incredibly prestigious award is in its fifth year as one of the industry’s few opportunities to highlight the remarkable impact practice managers have on their practices and in our profession.

I know each of you is making a tremendous contribution in your practice. You make a difference every day for your team, your clients and patients. I encourage you to share your story and submit a nomination.

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. “There are so many ‘other’ managers out there doing so much. They are more deserving.” Not true! Your hard work and relentless effort are worthy of recognition and the chance to earn the distinction of Practice Manager of the Year. If you’re like me, you give most of the credit for the success of your practice to your team members. It is challenging to brag on yourself and feel boastful or arrogant about your accomplishments. Stop being so humble, I believe in you, stand up and submit your nomination.

If you are not quite ready to share your own story, I am certain you know a manager whose work and efforts have been transformative, inspiring and innovative, I encourage you to nominate that person. You can nominate yourself in the future, with a better understanding of the process.

As you know, 2019 is VHMA’s Year of the Member. Every month VHMA selects a member to profile and share a little more about them. Through this process, we have seen so many great things happening from the contribution of our members. I bet great things like that are happening because of you as well.

For yourself or another deserving manager, it all begins with a nomination. Submitting an endorsement or narrative that presents the candidate in a strong light is critical. To write a compelling application for dvm360/VHMA PMOY, or any other award competition, consider the following:

  • Become familiar with the award and your nominee’s fit with the award’s criteria.
  • Reviewers are relying on your words to “see” your nominee’s attributes and contributions, be thoughtful and precise.
  • Be specific and concise.
  • Give details and real life examples.

During VHMA’s 2019 Year of the Member, VHMA has been highlighting the members that contribute to the association’s success. Now it’s your turn to point to a manager who deserves recognition! I am pointing at you! Submit your nomination today!

Keep up the great work,

Jim Nash, MHA, CVPM
VHMA President