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Past president's address - AGM, June '89.

The past two years have proven to be filled with sufficient challenge to touch and test almost every human emotion. With your patience I would like to spend a few minutes and share some thoughts with each of you.

The number of initiatives taken during this period might best be characterized as 'managing in turbulent times'. There has been anxious moments regarding new educational initiatives, central billing, financial planning, to name a few. Each of these were necessary for us to turn the comer and look in a new direction. Today's rough times really will become tomorrow's good old days.

I am satisfied we've turned that corner and are now moving in the direction necessary for continued success. We are moving in a direction of balancing association activities with education. This direction will permit our institute to experience the kind of growth enjoyed by past councils during the boom years of the 1970's.

Competing for the business person's time is becoming increasingly more difficult as the world shrinks and the demands increase. No longer is it enough for C I M to simply have existed 50 years to be the magnet to draw members. We must be creative and provide a menu of purpose which sets the Canadian Institute of Management apart from the many other organizations who are competing for our market share. This means that to do only what we've done in the past is simply not adequate. It is not appealing nor competitive enough to have the prospective member tip his decision in our direction. We should consider entering into discussions with other associations with a view to creating a management council consisting of the more influential management associations to map out a strategy, and to identify market segments appropriate for each to focus on.

As Canadians we have an inherent tendency to be conservative and downplay our ability to contribute, and contribute powerfully, in world management. Collectively our institute's membership represents all sectors of the Canadian business community and we can have influence and impact by closing ranks, becoming more unified, allowing our national organization to speak on your behalf on matters associated with management training and future business trends. All these issues facing business while managing in turbulent times. These things must be the focus for our institute's energies, not the petty bickering or sniping which divides us and diminishes our effectiveness. Our real strength is the fact that we are Canadian, we have a membership fabric woven from all levels of management, from all parts of Canada which clearly allows us the luxury of tapping into the real issues facing business and industry. This kind of insight well researched, and properly consolidated, will give us a basis for informed and inspired comment on current critical management issues.

Many initiatives have been taken both at the branch and at the national level, which will see us through this period of declining membership and dwindling finances. The commitment and optimistic enthusiasm by all branches, and your newly elected national board who work tirelessly for the institute, is the single most important ingredient necessary to be where we want to be. Remember, if it is to be, it's up to me. Success is not permanent but the same is also true of failure. Our mission must be acquisition and maintenance of members.

Occasionally my detractors accuse me of being the eternal optimist and dreamer. To that charge I plead guilty, but make no apologies for those traits. There are no impossible dreams, just impatient people. They will come true. Next year I will have been a member of C I M for 20 years and not for one day of those 20 years have I thought of leaving the Institute. By being involved initially as a student rep in 1970 until today, I have gained the maximum value for my money; friendship, business relationships, confidence and a real sense of being a part of something special.

I must express my sincere thanks to my board and to Tom Savage for their patience, co-operation and understanding. Much has been accomplished and very much more is to come. To the branches and all the members of the Institute please give your new president and National Board the same enthusiastic support you gave me. I truly am a much better man because of the time you let me spend with you. Courage has been described as the power to let go of the familiar and now it's my turn to be courageous and let go.
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Title Annotation:Canadian Institute of Management's Annual General Meeting; Clint H. Castle
Publication:Canadian Manager
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Date:Sep 22, 1989
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