VLE Alumni Reunion at AVMA Convention 2016

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The stars at night are big and bright……..deep in the heart of Texas!

Everything’s bigger and better in Texas…so they say!
So, join a Texas-sized bunch of fun at the 2016 AVMA VLE Alumni Reunion!
Put on your boots and mosey on down to enjoy some good eats and conversation with your fellow VLE alumni! Let us know what you’ve been up to and where your boots are taking you next!

When: Monday, August 8 from 6-9 pm
Where:
Guadalajara Grill
301 S. Alamo
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 222-1992
http://www.guadalajaragrill.us/

There will be a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres.

VLE Packing List

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Hello VLE Participants!

We hope you are all getting excited for the 2016 Veterinary Leadership Experience (#VLE2016)! We’ve been creating some buzz about the upcoming event, posting little samples of what you may expect. We’ve had fun sharing these teasers with you, and we hope you’ve enjoyed them. Now we’d like to share some thoughts on WHAT TO BRING, and hope this will help you prepare for your trip.

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I hate to fail!!!

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I hate to fail.  And it’s not just that, I don’t even like to look like I don’t know what I’m doing, regardless of what it might be.  School, hobbies, any sort of physical endeavor- if I’m not a superstar right out of the gate, then I don’t like to participate.  There are lots of reasons this is the case.  1.  I’m the first born of four children.  2.  My father was a first generation immigrant with very high expectations of what his children would accomplish.  3. I showed some natural talent when I was young in both academics and athletics which made both pretty easy for me.  4.  I was never taught a growth mindset and instead lived most of my life with a very fixed mindset approach to learning.

When you combine all these factors, it’s the ideal environment for creating a perfectionist with a larger than life impostor syndrome complex.  And that is exactly what happened with me.  I have spent most of my life pleasing people and going the extra mile ALL THE TIME to keep anyone from finding out that the real Betsy isn’t the superwoman she projects.  The real Betsy wants desperately to be able to put herself out there and try new things, even if it means she might look silly or not be great out of the gate, but fear of being found out a fraud holds her back.

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Fun on the Field

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One of the foundational premises of the activity night called Fun on the Field is “It is OK to play”. In fact, it is downright healthy.  And here is a little data for all you scientists to support my assertion.

Socio-emotional areas:

  • Expressing more confidence (Ginsburg, 2007; Gray, 2011)
  • Developing conflict-resolution skills (Gray, 2011)
  • Cultivating social skills such as flexibil­ity, empathy, and the ability to be aware of one’s self (Burdette &Whitaker, 2005; Ginsburg, 2007; Gray, 2011)

Cognitive areas:

  • Increasing problem-solving capabili­ties (Kleiber & Barnett-Morris, 1993; Burdette & Whitaker, 2005; Ginsburg, 2007; Gray, 2011)
  • Deepening critical-thinking skills (Hurwitz, 2002)
  • Increasing curiosity (Burdette & Whitaker, 2005; Ginsburg, 2007)

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Are you Ready for a Cruise?

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Have you thought about the things you are going to do during VLE2016?  If you’re an alum, have you thought about some of the fun things you did while at Ross Point? Here’s a video with Dr. Jen Quammen to introduce you to the cruise event at the Veterinary Leadership Experience.

Tell us what you think in the comments below. Share this with friends and remember to use #VLE2016 or #VLEalum

Are you ready for VLE 2016?

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The 2016 Veterinary Leadership Experience is just over a month away … we want to give this year’s participants a taste of “what to expect” as well as a reminder to our alumni about some of the fantastic things you will see and do at Ross Point.

In the coming weeks you will see posts about some of the fun, and educational, events that you can participate in during VLE. Our intention is to make these posts short, entertaining and informative. If you are an alumnus, let us know if these posts sparked any nostalgia for you. If you are new to the VLE scene, let us know if you have specific topics/questions you’d like to hear more about. How can we serve you and make your experience more complete?

If you are posting about VLE on social media, please use #VLE2016 for this year’s event and #VLEalum for any previous events.  You can learn more the Veterinary Leadership Institute here as well as on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

What questions do you have about VLE? What memories would you like to share?

Lead With Your Strengths

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Let’s all just take a little breather for a second.

We’re in a rat-race. There’s no doubt about that. And if you’re reading this, chances are you know that some self-management is pretty critical to maintaining that work-life balance we all covet so much.

Part of the reason that striking that balance is difficult is that we are all, quite literally, trying to do everything at once. We’re marketing. We are strategizing. We’re making decisions. We’re beating our competitors. We’re caring for our client
our colleague’s, and our family’s emotions. And on top of that…medical decisions at the drop of a hat.

We are literally trying to do it all. And it has to stop.

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Clydesdale Leadership

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Remember the Budweiser commercial where the young Clydesdale tries to pull the cart and because it’s not strong enough to do so, two adults push it? Suddenly the cart starts to move and, without being too anthropomorphic, you can feel the satisfaction of the young colt when it achieves its goal.   It’s a heartwarming commercial that makes me tear up every time. InBev, the owner of Budweiser, produced that commercial purely to market its product. At VLE the commercial is shown not because it’s cute, contains some incredible animals or an attempt to sell beer. The commercial depicts a perfect message of Servant Leadership.

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Celebrating Success

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As a member of a small subset of the already small community of veterinary medicine, it was inevitable that I would end up in competition with a friend.

Before I begin, I want to make it clear I am not inherently competitive. I genuinely want everyone to be successful. In fact I personally loathe “competition for the sake of competition.” While this may sound like some kind of everyone-gets-a-ribbon soapbox, it’s not that. We all show up, give our all, and some will outshine and that is so, so fine! I am good hearted and trust – no, I hope that everyone else is as globally pro-success-minded, that we all want to cheer for one another as we, in turn, perform at our best in the moment. Some will “win,” some will “lose,” but we all win when we are supportive of one another. What goes around, comes around, so they say.

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