In spring of 2011, it was a bewildering and hopeful moment that morning when I walked into the first day of the ACMP conference in Orlando.
I was among 600 people, who like myself, had been pioneering in their Change Management careers. I found my people, my community.
I had been searching for them for years. Of course, I became a Founding Member on the spot once I learned I could do that.
As you know, ACMP is an association for our profession, but it means so much more. For many in our community, Change Management is not a job, it’s a vocation.
There’s something in the minds and hearts of those who do this work that drives them forward. Change Management professionals seem personally inspired
by what they can do for their companies and clients, and the positive ripple effect of their impact. Yes, ACMP is an active community of engaged people in all
stages of career and life. It’s also a shared space of friends and colleagues, who are committed to their work and enjoy the challenge of making change happen.
Your Board of Directors and I want to honor and ignite that spirit.
To that end, this year we’ve set out five priorities intended to shine a light on our profession
and underscore our vitality in the marketplace:
Lift ACMP into View:
This is about sharing the story of ACMP and Change Management. In the past, we’ve been conservative in our marketing choices for a
variety of very important reasons. As we have grown, we have gathered the resources needed to change that. Our recent marketing investment means we now
have the strategic expertise to help us become known in the world. We have much to do to advance our discipline, but we have a solid foundation and a lot to offer to the community today. We also have a business environment that needs us and all of you. It’s a good story to tell. We’re ready to tell it.
Connect People in from Wherever They Are:
So many people around the world are looking for connection, to engage with other Change Management professionals so they may improve their craft.
We want to find ways to make it easy for that connection to happen – across locations, experience levels, backgrounds, expertise, etc. We’ve started
the conversation with our Chapter leaders to reimagine this connection. We’re seeking to engage our Change Management luminaries in ways that are more
meaningful to them, the community, and the future of our discipline. We’re expanding our thinking and relationships across all of our stakeholders.
Mature Board and Staff Roles:
ACMP has only been in existence for less than eight years – that’s a fairly short period of time! Naturally, the focus of the Board and staff needs to
rise to the next level of maturity to meet your expectations and the expectations of those you serve. We’ve already made rapid progress in this direction
because over the past seven months our current Executive Leader has helped us make many important changes, including the introduction of several new business processes
and elevating the effectiveness of our staff through organizational changes and development. She’s also engaged our Chapter Leaders to shape and drive several
new strategic initiatives. Strengthening our governance, continued financial responsibility, developing our staff, and recruiting our next Executive Leader
is a tall order, but we’re already on our way.
Become Known for Real Change Making Among Business Consumers:
As Change Management professionals you are asked to do a lot of things – building and sustaining trust, emotional self-management,
balancing empathy with a focus on the business result, and being a calming force and credible advisor in politically-charged, emotionally-messy situations.
It’s a wonder you show up every day! We want to bring light to this special combination of qualities and help the business community know about it – advocating for you,
the profession, and the discipline.
Get Ready for Growth:
It’s time to take a good look at what ACMP offers you and our profession, and decide where we’re going next. That’s what we mean by “get ready.”
In this world of where the tired, old cliché “change is constant” is actually true, who would be better equipped than the Association of
Change Management Professionals to model the best of this sentiment? No one. It’s who we are and what we do.
We’ve already begun the process to identify what’s next, and you will certainly hear more later this year.
Admittedly, what I’ve described will take more than a year, and we can’t implement every new idea, but we can do a lot with what we have.
This past June, the new Board met for the first time. There was debate, urgency and chaos at times, and it was all about how we advance the discipline.
Reflecting afterwards, it reminded me of that ACMP conference in 2011 – a grass-roots urgency to make something happen.
I want you to know I’m inspired by this Board. I’m impressed with the way they think and the focus they have. The energy of our June meeting was worthy of ACMP.
Since then, we’ve been working on these priorities and I expect that you’ll notice changes over the coming year, perhaps subtle at first as we gain our footing.
We plan to engage you in the process, which you’ll hear more about through the Annual Member Meeting, volunteer committees, conferences, and interactions with me, the Board, and the staff.
I want to thank you for the privilege to be your President this year. So often I hear from our members that when they found ACMP they found home.
That was my experience. Having struggled and practiced for more than a decade, what a comfort it was to finally find my community. I cannot overstate how much ACMP means
to me and what it means to be your leader today.