Future of Professions and SIGs LO28632

From: Glebe Stcherbina (gstc3416@mail.usyd.edu.au)
Date: 05/27/02

Replying to LO28627 --

Replying to LO28611

Dear Alan and fellow OrgLearners,

Thank you for your posting Alan. Like yourself, I also belong to a
Professional Association in Australia, in fact two of them. Moreover,
during the past 16 years I have belonged to several different Professional
Associations as I have changed professions on more than one occasion. You
speak of "comfort zones" and how Professional associations are
conservative and these factors could influence the outlook of views of
individuals within the membership base. However, through my research,
personal observations and contribution to the governance of several
Associations which I have belonged to, I have found that many Professional
Associations are responding to change. This change has been created by new
Legislation, shifting market conditions, a better educated and more
informed membership base.

However, the change process may take up to 3 years to implement, as
rightfully you have indicated that they are conservative. Yet Professional
Associations are transforming themselves to cater for the changing needs
of both the individual member and the Regulators. It is interesting to
note that there has been quite a few appointments of new CEO's of
Professional Associations in Australia during the past 6 months. Most job
ads mentioned that the new CEO is to lead these Associations in the next
strategic phase of their change plan.

Thank you and kind regards,
Glebe Stcherbina
Sydney, Australia

Alan Cotterell wrote:

> I am a member of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists.
> This professional institute is quite progressive, however since the OHS
> law changed from prescriptive to performance based legislation, it is
> quite noticeable that many members seem reluctant to move outside their
> 'comfort zone'.


Glebe Stcherbina <gstc3416@mail.usyd.edu.au>

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