The BIG Change

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“When you hold onto your history, you do it at the expense of your destiny.”
--Bishop Jakes

IAAP has a wonderful history. There might be information about your association’s past you might not even know about. Here are two facts: Did you know that Richard Nixon spoke at an IAAP Annual Meeting? Did you know this used to be an association for women only?

History is just that—history. It’s in the past. IAAP needs to be looking toward the future. Just as the quote at the start of this blog states, if we keep holding onto our past, we’re going to botch up our future.

IAAP has continued to change as the workplace has changed. When the jobs of secretaries shifted and took on additional job duties, the association changed accordingly. We were the first organization to elevate and validate those employed as secretaries in the work force. We were the first to offer certification for those working in office and administrative professions and continue to be the only organization to issue certification. We offer on-going, on-demand and live professional development. This association historically has cared and continues to care about administrative professionals and their careers.  That’s never going to end.

We’re changing again because the work place is a drastically different animal than it was in 1942, different even from what it was 15 years ago. When IAAP began, employees left work at the end of the day and were able to leave work. The only way to reach an employee after hours was through a phone, connected to a wall. If you were out playing catch with the kids and your boss needed you—too bad. Boundaries weren’t blurred. We worked. We had a personal life.

Today, work and life balance is more like work and life blending. We are connected 24/7. It’s hard to unplug. And, if you don’t keep up your professional development you’ll be left behind in the dust of technological advancements quicker than you can send a text.

You’ve been hearing a lot about where we’ve been and where we are going. Next month, more details about the “new” IAAP will be shared with membership. It’s exciting—the future. Until then, let’s take a look at all the materials that the IAAP Board of Directors has shared with the membership since they embarked on this journey of change back in 2012, when the very first focus group was held at the Headquarters office in Kansas City with our new executive director--now CEO—Jay  Donohue.

The Citrus Valley Chapter of IAAP has gathered a lot of the materials surrounding the changes in IAAP all on one page. Thanks to those in the Citrus Valley Chapter for pulling this information together.

More information is coming. Sit tight and prepare to be energized with plans for the revitalized IAAP. We plan to offer members more consistent education and exciting local opportunities to lead, learn, connect and excel.