Tony Keane, CAE 2017-09-14 14:37:44
The advancement of technology has dramatically increased the amount of communication we receive. Technology has also increased the numerous communication channels that are available. Technology was to help enhance communication, instead it has created a communication clutter that is extremely challenging to breakthrough. Thus, in fast paced times the messages about change can get lost in the shuffle creating an atmosphere for misinformation. Working with the IFMA Executive Committee we have hired a Change Management Consultant to work with the Staff, Board and Members to help keep IFMA moving forward in a cohesive method. The consultant will help us identify where we need further communication and assist us to move forward as a cohesive group. The Board and Staff are working together to increase FM awareness and the IFMA credentials worldwide, grow the membership community and enhance the value of belonging to IFMA. This effort has been and will continue to be a large effort as the profession has grown to more than 25 million people and estimates of a trillion U.S. dollars. One of the accelerators implemented to increase FM awareness, grow the membership community and enhance value was the collaboration with the RICS. I would like to provide a quick update: Overall, I can tell you that the collaboration is working well. Here are the key accomplishments to date: • The collaboration has brought in approximately 1,300 new members into IFMA. • The Online Learning Platform has transferred content to the fm.training site. The new fm.training portal consolidates all of IFMA’s credentials, RICS Qualifications and all FM related online training courses into one portal. We have had over 2,500 people log into the new site so far. As with any transition there were a couple hurdles along the way which have been addressed. As part of this process, we have converted all IFMA training content into industry standard SCORM compliant format. • In close collaboration with the ICC (International Credentials Commission) we are working with RICS to cross market credentials from both organizations. Most CFM holders can easily attain the Chartered FM Qualification (MRICS) with an accelerated path to achieving through the qualification process. • A key aspect of the collaboration was the continued commitment to ANSI/ISO accreditation for the FMP/SFP credentials and pursuing accreditation for the CFM. • RICS and IFMA have launched conferences in India, Middle East and Europe and worked together on conferences in Asia and China. • The IFMA Research & Benchmarking Institute staff has worked together with RICS Research Organization to develop a coordinated agenda. • Some of our Chapters have held joint programs with RICS Sections, such as the Silicon Valley Chapter, New York City and the Florida Chapter events. • We continue to drive awareness of the FM profession through define.fm and RICS regional conferences focusing outside facility management. • IFMA China has taken advantage of the space sharing opportunity with the RICS China office to reduce the operational cost of the office. • RICS and IFMA hold biannual FM Leadership Symposiums with key industry players to help reinforce the importance of the FM credentials in maintaining the profession. The collaboration is changing the FM dialogue around the world and increasing the awareness of the profession in the built environment. With the collaboration, the CFM is now getting more exposure than ever in the built environment community. IFMA will continue to undergo changes as we meet the needs of the profession in the future. The changes initiated by the Board of Directors will be in alignment with three core guiding strategic principles: • Be the thought leader for FM • Increase the awareness of FM globally • Enhance the professional status of FM FM has a bright future and IFMA will continue to help lead the way. Invite a colleague to join IFMA today!
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