Keeping Up With Change

We all know change is constant and nothing stays the same, but merely acknowledging this fact is not enough to keep us ahead of the game. Each changing day brings us new opportunities to reinvent ourselves and our organizations. We’re constantly exposed to new ideas of how to improve the way we do things. They show up in our emails, letters and in conversations with others. They’re in the books, articles and marketing materials we read. They’re in the presentations we listen to. So why is it easier for some people to pick up on these opportunities and harder for others? It has a lot to do with our mindset, our state of mind and, most importantly, our support system.

By mindset, I refer to the conscious decision to stay open to new ideas. Without this first step, everything else is pointless. If we convince ourselves that we know better than everyone else, we venture down a slippery slope that’s hard to recover from.

Next is our state of mind. This is the balance we strike between work and “life.” We need to enjoy what we do no matter how challenging it may get, but still have time for the other parts of our life. If we feel that one part of our life is suffering because of the other, over time we become unhappy with both.

Finally, we need a healthy support system. These are all the relationships with the people we rely on – our industry contacts, coworkers, families and friends. They’re our sounding board, our advisors and our sanity check. Keeping these lines of communication open is what helps us successfully navigate through any situation we may encounter.

Keeping GAWDA as Part of your Support System

This year’s Spring Management Conference is geared to support that healthy balance that we all seek. This year, we’re introducing a new breakfast workshop which is led by Aaron Buchko, Ph.D. from Bradley University. Our general session speakers, which include Daniel V. Byrne, Mikki Williams, Alan Beaulieu and Tim Pawlenty, not only provide valuable information on the  future direction of our industry, government and economy, but also how we can stay motivated and focused as we move forward.

We’re also pleased to feature our second annual GAWDA scholarship awards. This year, we received over 60 applications, three times as many as last year. As always, our Contact Booth Program will provide great insight on new and improved products and services. You’ll find more information on this year’s events as you read through this issue.

Keep your Company Listing Current

We’re also coming up on our 2014 Membership Directory printing. Now is a good time to review your listing from the 2013 directory and make any changes you need for 2014. Use your existing account number and password to sign in and update your information, or contact Cecilia for additional assistance.

I look forward to seeing all of you in Chicago and, as always, thank you for your continued support of GAWDA.

Gases and Welding Distributors Association
John Ospina Meet the Author
John Ospina is GAWDA’s executive director. He can be reached at GAWDA headquarters in Doral, Florida, via telephone at 1-877-382-6440 or email at