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National president's message.

"What a difference a day makes" as the song says. Only a year ago the world witnessed the destruction of the Berlin wall coupled with the fall of many communist regimes and yet today we awaken to the massive bombardment of the Persian Gulf. Yesterday the "over heated" economy in Ontario was fanning the flames of real estate inflation and today we experience a deepening recession. We are all called upon to be much more adaptable and to accept change, not only for progress, but for survival.

Since my election as President of the Canadian Institute of Management two years ago, I have had the privilege of being able to write this column and to expound upon some of what I consider to be the issues of the day or the coming decade. As I mentioned above, the events of the last year have provided me with many thoughts on our future. We are becoming much closer as people through a globalization of economic activity and much more conscientious of the effects of our activities on the environment. However, through the atrocities of war, our relationships with each other and with our children have come under a terrible strain.

As managers we are constantly dealing with new and challenging aspect of business. The next years will bring, not only technical advances, but a more "people" orientation as we endeavor to capture that competitive edge through intrapreneurship and organization capability. We will have to address the issues of employment and pay equity and the upward mobility of our many visible minorities. There will be no shortage of external opportunities to occupy our time over and above our daily routines.

The Canadian Institute of Management has not had an easy time of it over the last few years. As a managment educator", we have seen increased competition for those disposable dollars that may have traditionally been spent on education. Inflationary pressures on our cost of doing business have prevented the Institute from doing all that it has wanted to do, or dreamed that it could do. And yet despite some adversity, we continue to progress towards our goals and the fulfilling of our mission to "Effectively Promote Management and its Professional Applications". As president for these last two years I have come to realize the wondrous opportunity that was presented to me and I shall be forever grateful. I shall "retire" a most happy person.
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Title Annotation:Ted Williams of the Canadian Institute of Management
Publication:Canadian Manager
Date:Mar 22, 1991
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