New model inside for a better reach beyond.
The IIABC is in transition as we speak. We are transitioning from a small organization to potentially a much larger organization. The demand for what we have to offer has dictated this potential. This happens in all segments of the private as well as “Not for Profit” world. This one of the most difficult things an organization will have to work its way through. You may have to leave behind some of the things that got you to where you are now, and at the same time leave some things as they are, and most certainly know how to choose between the two. Compare it to being a farmer with 10 head of dairy cattle and demand for milk dictates you should transition into 50 head and all the while knowing that 100 head is not too far away. Your world changes and you will need to embrace and work with the changes or get left behind all the while knowing that some of what got you to where you are now still holds value.
One of the most difficult parts of this kind of transition is the noise that comes along with it. Noise in the way of – Pandemics, labor shortages, increased cost of operating, supply chain issues, (we love increased demand) but increased demand also. All the things that can orbit around your growth and support plan and toss little wrenches into it at any given moment. At one point you can be out in the middle of the ocean, and as much as the weather is great and all in our world is perfect we know it’s just a matter of time before a storm rolls in. You lower the sails, batten down the hatches, hunker down, and do what you have to do to make it through knowing all well that calm seas will once again show up. At the IIABC we believe our preparation teamwork and resolve will get us through the storms. And after each storm we are stronger and better prepared for the next. We have tested this many times over the past 2 years and thanks to our membership and both of our boards we’re still on a steady course. At times like this we ask that all the Members of the Association continue to demonstrate patience and faith in the process and we will deliver.
Faith in the process is the greatest tool we can use to continue through this transition. We are moving in the right direction.
Thank you to everyone for your support and I look forward to an incredible 2023.
Terry Ormrod, IIABC President 2022-23