Don't be afraid to follow your gut when choosing software

Consulting guru Alan Weiss often says “Logic makes you think, emotion makes you act.”

I’m reminded of this when I work with my clients during selection of a new AMS. Using the process I use, my clients will wind up with two or three really strong options for a new system. As some of them have explained to me, this leads to some difficulty making a final decision, since the final choices are so good.

My advice to them: Follow your gut. Which company, which product, makes you feel the best. I know the expectation is that we will be logical and choose the best system, based on our needs. But the reality is, you already have multiple “best” choices; so choose the one that makes you feel the best.

When you come into work in the morning, if you’re working with a product you feel good about, you’ll enjoy working in it. That will lead to better long-term results. So don’t be afraid to follow your gut.

About Wes Trochlil

For a quarter century, Wes has worked in and with dozens of associations and membership organizations throughout the US, ranging in size from zero staff (all-volunteer) to over 700. In that time Wes has provided a range of consulting services, from general consulting on data management issues to full-scale, association-wide selection and implementation of association management systems.

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