Change is adaptation but transformations need not be difficult. Indeed, embracing organizational change makes life in our constantly evolving climate a refreshing way to enjoy our careers.
How do we embrace such change? Organizational change expert Jim Hemerling targets imperatives centered around putting people first to make company reorganization an empowering, energizing task for all. For me, that was a process facilitated by my learning process in becoming a Certified Association Executive (CAE).
Change sounds terrifying to some; its human nature to fear what cannot predict. But, its also human nature to want control over the unknown. Embracing change allows us to feel “ahead of the curve”. As a registered psychologist, I understand the benefit of people feeling in control – and how good information and informed choices set the foundation for success in such processes.
Once fully embraced, “always on” transformation is actually a shift out of crisis mode by being ahead of the curve – less exhausting and more rewarding. We are always transforming. Doing so in a bold way means putting people first.
Before the CAE program I had high levels of training, a great range of experience, had managed many successful roles and projects, and had strong networks. Id also had my share of missteps. Missteps in hiring and managing staff, facilitating politics with boards or outside organizations, or trusting processes that I did not fully understand.
My CAE training was invaluable, personally and professionally, particularly in my current role. I was able to not just learn more about effective association leadership, but about myself, my needs, and ways to evolve professionally as an association executive and beyond. As a bonus, we’ve embraced change as a provincial professional association and are well on our way to be a high-performance organization.
I have a history as an academic and have been steeped in adult pedagogy. I’m familiar with what makes a good course, how adults learn, and the importance of continuing professional development. This CAE program is well structured with optimal flexibility and a good range of resources.
Most importantly, the CAE program fueled my thirst for knowledge while helping to build a growing thriving professional association of which I am not just the leader but a proud member.