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Hi everyone. I've already asked a question and gotten a great response in another [url=http://www.manager-tools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=1132]thread[/url], but I thought I should formally introduce myself.

My name is Karen, and at age 30 I'm a newbie to management (not counting my experience in college as a supervisor at the dining hall). I have a B.S. in environmental science from Cornell University, and a M.S. in urban planning from theUniversity of Texas, neither of which are really relevant to the career I find myself in. ;)

I have been with my organization - the headquarters of a non-profit professional/trade association for real estate managers - for a bit less than three years. Last year I was promoted to Manager of Academic and Organization Outreach. The association world has its quirks compared to private industry, but I find that the Manager Tools resources and techniques work even in my odd career field. :)

Once I hire someone, I will have only one direct report. My small department is responsible for prioritizing and implementing strategic programs for our organization - everything from our new student outreach program, designed to make college students aware of property management as a career choice; to the corporate sales and relationship-building that allows us to provide our training and designations to and through private companies, government agencies, and other associations. I have one peer in my department who works on our international partnerships, plus my boss - like I said, it's a small department! Thanks to our hard work and the great leadership of my boss, we have increased one of our revenue streams (the corporate sales of our training programs) four-fold since I started three years ago.

I love my job, and love working for an association. If anyone has any questions about my organization, association management as a career, or anything else, let me know. I'd love the excuse to talk about it!

Many thanks already for all the help that Manager Tools and this forum has provided.

I look forward to further interactions with all of you!

Edited to add: I haven't done my DISC profile yet, so I have no idea what my letter is. In the Myers-Briggs world, I'm an ENFJ. Very high on the E, while slight to moderate on the NFJ. :)

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Hello Karen. Welcome to the M-T forums! I enjoyed reading your original post and the replies.

[quote="misskaz"]I love my job, and love working for an association. If anyone has any questions about my organization, association management as a career, or anything else, let me know. I'd love the excuse to talk about it![/quote]
Your passion is awesome! I was just having a conversation at work today about how some people dislike their job. It's really sad. Love your job or find one you do love! Anyway, your proclamation was great to read.

[quote="misskaz"]Edited to add: I haven't done my DISC profile yet, so I have no idea what my letter is. In the Myers-Briggs world, I'm an ENFJ. Very high on the E, while slight to moderate on the NFJ. :)[/quote]
I've not taken the MBTI in many years but if I remember, E is for extroverted, correct? I think I am very high on the E as well.

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[quote="DaveTehre"]
I've not taken the MBTI in many years but if I remember, E is for extroverted, correct? I think I am very high on the E as well.[/quote]

E = Extroversion (vs. I = introversion)
N = Intuition (vs. S = sensing)
F = Feeling (vs. T = thinking)
J = Judging (vs. P = perceiving)

Looking at a DISC chart but without having taken an assessment, I'd guess I'm high on the I. Quoted from my recent MBTI assessment, ENFJs are

[i]"-Warm, empathetic, responsive and responsible
-Highly attuned to the emotions, needs, and motivations of others
-Find potential in everyone, want to help others fulfill their potential
-May act as catalysts for individual and group growth
-Loyal, responsive to praise and criticism
-Sociable, facilitate others in a group, and provide inspiring leadership"[/i]

:)

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Karen-

Welcome to Manager Tools. What a great intro!

Glad you're with us, and Mike would have said you were a high I with all those smileys. :wink:

Glad you're here and already getting value from our community.

Mark

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Thanks for the welcome, Mark. I am very glad to be here.

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I am also a newbie to the forums, but glad to see there are really positive thinking people on here, actually happy to help each other out. thanks for your intro!