Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Full Speed Ahead

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Full Speed Ahead

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Recently, while boarding a flight, it occurred to me that our tradition of credentialing and education mimics an aircraft's fuel consumption as it takes off. An aircraft burns vast amounts of fuel until it reaches its cruising altitude and enters fuel-economy mode. Similarly, many IREM Members embarking upon their journey to the CPM designation start off at a fever pace--putting tremendous time and energy into education, preparation and learning--but then fall into a comfortable holding pattern based on their learning, and cruise once that major milestone is achieved.

Cruising altitude is more efficient, but in the long run, it's not a career-winning strategy. When it comes to your career--are you content to cruise?

As your career partner, we want to be with you every step of the way on your ascent to the CPM designation and on the remainder of your career journey. We're here to fuel your learning so the trajectory of your career is up! In addition to your 'PM', explore some of IREM's other career enhancing resources--such as whitepapers, webinars, publications, forms and checklists, Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) and more--in order to keep your skills contemporary and leading edge.

This issue of JPM[R] takes us out of autopilot and provides aerial views of much less traveled airspace:

* Know Your Market by exploring the other side of the world: Property Management in a Combat Zone (p. 44) includes an insider's perspective on being in the trenches of Forward Operating Base Shield in Baghdad, Iraq. And while many of the property management tasks this retired colonel encountered were similar in nature to work anywhere--budgets, capital improvement projects, tenant complaints, security, etc. …

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