We were delighted that ICW's Chairman, Lord David Evans, opened our Members' Forum with a lively and amusing talk. He reminded us of ICW's aim to establish global recognition of collaborative working as a professional business discipline and that a key ingredient of this was to build a global collaborative working-professional community of which the ICW Individual Membership Scheme is a key component. He then gave us his thoughts about Brexit and its implications for collaborative working.
Then Dave Hawkins, ICW's Operations Director gave a brief update on ISO 11000 which should be approved on 7 November this year and published early next year. In slower time Guidance Notes (based on BS 11000 Pt 2) will be published.
Four interesting presentation followed: Mehmet Chakkol and Max Finne from Warwick Business School told us about research they were doing to identify and rate the skills needed by successful collaborators; this was complemented by a presentation by Jane Grant, of WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff who gave us a HR perspective on the importance of collaborative skills; next Margo Marsh of BAM Ritchies gave an interesting and frank insight about the challenges of embedding the principles of BS 11000 into her organisation; finally, Nigel Blundell of Pinsent Masons considered the importance of the drafting of collaborative contracts which are focussed on value rather than cost.
Last but by no means least there were two interactive sessions. First, an Open Forum aimed at eliciting Members' views about the Membership Scheme and how they would like to see it develop in the future. Then there was a Panel Session run by members of the new Membership Committee.
Topics discussed were the quality and consistency of external assessors: the need for ICW to develop more tools for internal and external auditors to use; the importance of excellent collaboration within organisations and, finally, the role of the Membership Committee particularly in driving up Membership numbers but also in taking a strategic view of the Individual Membership Scheme as a whole.
The day concluded with a networking lunch.
For more information about the Individual Membership Scheme, or if you'd like to become a MICW, please contact Nicky Painter at email@example.com or on 01483 762 106 / 07785 506349. The more Members we have, the more value the Scheme will deliver!