Water Journal : Water Journal August 2014
2From the President WATER AUGUST 2014 THE VALUE OF SELECTION AND MAINTENANCE OF THE AIM Graham Dooley -- AWA President One of the excellent management principles I came across early in my career is from the Australian Army's principles of land warfare: Selection and Maintenance of the Aim. I have found that being clear about what the target is, and then maintaining a focus on that target and applying resources to achieve it, is a most helpful principle to revisit from time to time in life, both personally and corporately. Some long-term AWA members may read Jonathan's column in this edition and roll their eyes and say, "But that is what we have been doing for 52 years now -- this is not new". And it isn't. But it is bene cial to go back to basics and renew our commitment, initiated 52 years ago by our founding fathers: that this is our "Aim" and this is what we are focusing on and directing our Association's effort towards. In a nutshell we are focused on three things: 1. Being the clearing house and crossroad for all the information that washes across our Australian water sector; 2. Enhancing and uplifting the skills, knowledge and careers of our individual members -- as well as their enjoyment of the industry; 3. Creating the best possible avenues and opportunities for our corporate members to advance their enterprises, whatever those may be. The AWA Board is committed to 'getting smart' about how we do this. For example: • I can download the soundtrack of an old movie or song from decades ago exceedingly quickly -- in comparison, it is much more dif cult to access the valuable information contained in a paper presented last month or last year at a Branch or national event. We need to modernise all that. • Individuals who have worked in the water industry and those that are coming through the water industry deserve to have their skills and expertise formally recognised and kept up-to-date by a specially tailored system of professional accreditation. This professional accreditation for the water industry is something that AWA, as the national water industry association, should be able to facilitate for its members. How AWA coordinates our many professional development training options under such an accreditation system is the challenge ahead for the organisation and our members. • Our corporate members have the best water know-how in the world. Look at our drought response, our asset management skills and our river management capabilities. They are second to none! We need to help our corporate members enhance their activities and extend their good work across our region and further a eld. There is much to do and we have selected the 'three pillars' Jonathan speaks of, not as anything particularly different from our last 52 years, but as a reaf rmation of our aim, and a commitment to focusing our energy and attention on these three deliverables for our members.
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