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 over 30 years, 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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