Please Pardon the Interruption– A Report from EFAM2014

Good morning from Milwaukee.
I have to say there is a ton of interesting news coming out of EFAM here in Milwaukee. Governance changes, education news etc. (See IAAP Web Community for full details under the revitalization blog)
From my own personal point of view.. It’s overdue and hopefully not too late to implement the many changes that IAAP is proposing, along with the ones already underway.

I’m certain there will be posts galore on the IAAP web community.. (hopefully respectful and appropriate MATURE discussions…) The board elections results were announced; the development of the CAP Study guide was announced; and the work-in-progress of the brand new (and online) Complete Office Companion was also announced.
IAAP gave attendees the Beta trial sample to the Complete Office Companion so they can provide feedback. Smart move!

It’s still amazing to me after all these years to come and meet so many amazing admin peers. I know I’m not alone in that feeling.

Here’s the BEST part of EFAM for me, so far.  Finally!  FINALLY! There is discussion and recognition that the geographic and corporate culture of the organization of where admins work – differentiates us from one another!! It’s not a snob thing! It’s the reality of the company we work for, the job skills required, the cultural expectations of the organization, and the cultural demeanor of your city.  I guess I’ve been trying to articulate this for years unsuccessfully.

What’s my take? It’s all positive, challenging and somewhat nerve-wracking. More importantly, IAAP must get the association in front of HR executives. The #IYOTSA2014 initiative to condense the vast number of titles and detail requirements of the positions is a great start to this.

Author: AdminRenegade

Storyteller, Fan of Leadership gurus, Coffee Lover, especially Dunkin' Donuts.. and most importantly- a fierce advocate -Providing a new philosophy on what it means to be an administrative professional in today's workplace.

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