As busy as we all are, it is hard to plan and take action towards our professional development. However, plan and act we must. If you don’t plan for the future any progress made is probably by accident.
When it comes to professional planning and development, two things come to mind. First, every CMA member should be aware of the ongoing efforts of the CMA to provide better services, networking opportunities and information. Secondly, the Western Regional Conference in Anaheim this September 24-26 provides great opportunities for those planning to grow their professional skills and knowledge.
The CMA Board of Directors has been actively working on the CMA’s strategic planning process. We recently conducted a weekend retreat where the Board and CMA management focused on the CMA’s Strategic Plan and the four broad initiatives it contains:
- Leveraging technology to increase the value of CMA services
- Maximize and communicate the value of the credit profession
- Improve credit group services
- Promote the education and certification of credit professionals
The most exciting thing about implementing the CMA Strategic Plan is the high level of involvement by CMA staff. Staff activities are being fully integrated into the plan’s objectives using a “Balanced Score Card”. This will establish specific staff priorities and goals to meet plan objectives. It is amazing the progress made to date on goals we set last year.
As a Board participant I can tell you a lion’s share of Board activity is spent on planning for the future. As you can imagine, there are many specific projects underway to accomplish the initiatives, each of which will expand the services and value provided by CMA. If you are interested in participating please contact either your group secretary or any Board member.
Now think about how the Western Regional Conference can help you. What are you doing to plan for your future as a credit professional? Too busy? In the long run this can be a major mistake that can limit your job scope and income potential.
The Western Region Conference offers an accessible opportunity to turn plans for future career growth into action. However, to participate requires each of us to set our own growth as a priority. We need to break out of our already busy lives to set the time aside to go.
In going through the thought process on whether to attend a conference, many people find it easier to think about the reasons why not to go. Taking the lead from a favorite night show host of mine, I thought it might help to list the Top Ten Reasons why NOT to go to the Western Region Conference.
So here they are. The Top Ten Reasons why NOT to go to the Western Region Conference:
10. I checked the Almanac and it might rain in Anaheim on September 24th through the 26th.
9. If I attend I may have to learn about products and services that may help my company address credit and collection issues. I’d have to buy a new pair of walking shoes to take advantage of the vendor display area.
8. If I leave the office they may lock the door and not let me back in.
7. Where is Anaheim anyway?
6. I know everything there is to know now about credit, collections and legal issues affecting my daily responsibilities and industry practices.
5. Who wants to network with other people that do what I do?
4. If I go my family may want to come along and actually go to some of the many tourist attractions in the area. Being at the office beats that.
3. My boss thinks I’m perfect just the way I am.
2. Credit and collection challenges? Who has challenges?
1. I like my current job, income and job security just the way they are.
The top reason why you should go to the Western Region Conference is obvious. Plan your future as a credit professional, act on your plans and improve your chances of success.
I hope to see you at the Western Regional Conference.