How my New Year’s resolution relates to OnBase professionals: part 1

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The start of a new year is a time when many think about what they can do this year, over the next 365 days, to be a better person.

For me, it is only fitting to always set out to learn something new. This year, I am boldly sharing with all of you that I have set out to learn a new language.

3 Ways my resolution relates to OnBase professionals

Before you think, “That’s great, Carissa,” read on. My goals might be your goals! Here they are:

1. We know what we want to do, we just don’t know how to get there

I set out with a pretty big goal: to learn to speak French. Ultimately, I want to be able to participate in a conversation in French. I want to understand what is being said and to respond. It would be a huge bonus if my responses make sense.

In fact, a colleague who works in France sent me a message this morning, and I responded telling him that when we meet for the OnBase Summit later this year, I intend to have a conversation with him in French.

I won’t start this process by reading a Marcel Proust novel or by moving to Oyonnax. (Although immersion training would be ideal, my family may not be keen on that!)

So, where do I plan to start?

Well, much like Learning Paths available to you on, the resource I subscribe to provides me with a curriculum to follow and, like Learning Paths, keeps track of my progress. This will keep me on-track and motivated.

2. We already know something about OnBase, but want a safe place to practice

Much like you already know something about OnBase, I already know a little bit of French. While many of you have completed an OnBase eLearning course or have attended instructor-led training, I took French class in high school. And, I can assure you, that was long before you attended OnBase training.

Additionally, you may have other colleagues at your organization who “speak” OnBase. I have an 11-year-old daughter who has been taking French since kindergarten, so we throw little nuggets of knowledge around quite often.

I have a foundation, and in some ways that makes it more challenging to figure out where to begin. When you have no knowledge, it is clear that you need to start at the beginning. What happens when you have some knowledge?

This is where practicing comes into play. I don’t want to start at the beginning; I want to practice what I already know and learn more as I go. I wish there were a for French, which would equip me with the tools to safely practice what I know and refer to a quick guide that not only fills in the blanks, but explains to me why I am doing each step.

3. We swear we will make time, but we don’t

At the start of anything new – be it a training plan, project, relationship, or resolution – you have excitement and enthusiasm. But, those feelings often eventually wane.

There are many free resources out there. I am expected to invest nothing other than my time. In fact, I have even subscribed to some of these free resources in the past, but when something is free, I just don’t place as much value on it.

This year, I have invested my own money. I subscribed to a site that gives me on-demand French language lessons, and because I spent the money, I will be more diligent about completing the lessons.

Sound familiar? Premium Subscription anyone?

If you have advice for learning a second language, I will trade you for advice on how to learn OnBase. Together, we will hold one another accountable, and we’ll each learn something new.

Au revoir!

Carissa Nettle

Carissa Nettle

Carissa Nettle has been part of Hyland Global Services since 2007 and currently serves as a manager in Enterprise Advising Services. During this time, she has shared her knowledge with... read more about: Carissa Nettle