I would like to welcome my fellow Massachusetts Realtors® to a new year! I am one of those people who believes a new beginning is energizing. Luckily, your 2019 leadership team feels the same way and is excited to get off and running.
by Anne Meczywor
Looking ahead at this new year, we see a lot in store for MAR. We see new leadership with the hiring of a new CEO and perhaps a new headquarters. On the advocacy front, we see new faces in government after turbulent midterm elections. Of course, there are the regular occurrences of innovation in our industry that all of us face daily. There will even be challenges and opportunities we can’t see yet. Regardless, we are ready to take them on.
We are now in the second year of our new governance structure. We expected to make some adjustments along the way, and there will be more. As prepared as we tried to be, there were things we couldn’t see until we were in the middle of them. Some things worked far better than we expected. However, there were also some unintended consequences; a few things just didn’t work, and others needed to be tweaked. We also learned some things just take time.
Is the structure perfect? No. Nothing is perfect, but as you know, Realtors® handle the unexpected and the imperfect for a living. We are pros at finding the silver lining and improving customer experience along the way. As with any complex process, things change. Sometimes, the outcome turns out to be even better than the original plan.
For example, look at this issue’s cover photo. The original plan was to do the photo shoot from the top of Mt. Greylock, our state’s highest peak. We wanted to incorporate a vast panorama looking from one end of the Commonwealth to the other. It was a great concept, but, as they say, we plan and Mother Nature laughs. The “view” was about 20 feet of fog.
A back up plan was unrolled. Without missing a beat, we relocated to the studios of Daniel Chester French, the sculptor of some of our most iconic, recognizable, and inspiring pieces of American art. Realtors® will be quick to recognize the significance of the sculptures of Daniel Chester French and their connection to our proud involvement in political advocacy. French’s iconic Concord Minuteman statue reminds us of our state’s important role in the forming of this nation, while his Seated Lincoln statue is the precursor to the one that proudly sits at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. Our new photo shoot location connected the dots between our advocacy efforts here and in our nation’s capital. Perhaps more importantly, French’s work reminds us of the power of strength and independence in the face of change.
Realtors® plan carefully, but we are also ready to make decisions when the unexpected happens. This leadership team is well-equipped with experience, common sense and knowledge. We have the guidance from past leaders and vision from newer leaders to see us through the changes we foresee—and those we don’t. We are ready to work hard for you, and with you.
We look forward to serving you and preparing MAR for new horizons, including those hidden in the mist. Happy 2019!