I will start this blog by declaring that I am on the Board of Australia’s arguably leading Supply Chain Association, the Supply Chain Logistics Association Australia (SCLAA). I write this because I therefore have an insight into who joins and who prefers not to join.
I have been a member of an Industry Association since I was at university studying accounting. I started as a student member of the Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA), and then when my career started and it went in the Audit direction I joined the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and then when my career went into recruitment, yes, you guessed it; I became affiliated to the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association (RCSA). And over the last 10 years I have been an active member of the SCLAA, one of the associations that represent the industry I do the majority of my work with.
The point of this is that if you are an accountant, lawyer, doctor or engineer you have a predisposition to joining your industry association. But for some reason, if you are a supply chain professional or logistician you are more likely not to be a member of an industry association. Why? A question often asked around the board room table!
Yes, there are politics dating back to 1976, yes, there are some questionable events, and yes, there are lots of them. Still, why not join a supply chain or logistics association? There are a few to choose from, all of whom have strengths and weaknesses. For the cost of a cup of coffee a week, you have access to a brave new world of networking, information, and even education. You have a forum to express opinion, seek feedback or even pass on your experience. There are future leader groups, mentor and mentee opportunities, but above all, it gives you a sense of belonging to one of the fastest growing industries in the world.
I encourage you to join an association, if you aren’t already a member and help shape our industry.
Written by Danny Busija