We made quite the milestone last week with now 2000 users on the TidyClub platform and plenty more interacting with it through buying tickets, memberships or reading meeting minutes. We’re lucky enough to have groups from all corners of the world including South Africa, Finland, USA, Belgium, Austria, Singapore, India, Australia, New Zealand and many more countries and despite the great geographic disparity and different languages we all share a common goal of easing the administration burden and getting back to enjoying the club or association.
We love hearing your feedback, both positive and negative. Treasurers telling us they are back to enjoying their role is blissful for us and we warmly invite to continue talking to us via Twitter, Facebook, or email
Balance is everything #ACOPEN #SUP #yoga #americascup (at America’s Cup Village)
Many people, when they get voted onto the committee do either one of two things. They maintain the status quo continuing the less than adequate system holding their breathe until the next person can come. Others come in with grandiose ideas with rigid timelines, engineer-type approach to things.
However there is another approach, where one can still build something, but in a gradual and organic fashion so that it won’t fall down quickly.
The best volunteer driven clubs are like a good farm or garden. They need to have a long term outlook, and tendered to regularly. They endure over a long period of time even when those around them shift. They gain a personality reflecting the community that drives them. When the people who run them move on or fade away the next generation can continue to plant and nurture and grow again.
Building your group on the fundamentals, rather than looking for a quick fix is integral to building a long term sustainable group.
Grow on the right building blocks so when it comes time to handover to the next generation they can continue the work with piece of mind on strong and firm building blocks and knowledge.
A Club President Manifesto
10) Always get the full story before making a decision.
9) It’s incredibly easy to ‘flip the switch’ and start writing people off after a few bad experiences. Resist at all costs. You were bumbling once too. You made poor decisions. You learn and grow, and so does everybody else.
8) Sweep up the crumbs. Wipe the tables. Turn off the lights. Plug the holes that need plugging—even if it’s menial, even if nobody will know you did it. Do it in service of the product, the company, and this wondrous, magical thing you are all building together. But be weary if you find yourself doing it daily…
7) Recognize you can’t do everything. Close your eyes, fall backwards, and learn to trust.
6) Clearly, there is a more efficient way to do the things you do. How? Ponder that on your daily drive home.
5) Figure out which people rely on you and how you can help them be self-sufficient. You may feel important having a monopoly on salmon provisions, but if the whole village learns how to fish, it’ll free you up to do something else. Like figuring out how to grow wheat. Or how to domesticate those cute wolf-pups.
4) Don’t say anything if it’s not actually contributing to the discussion. Your voice is not so melodious that it absolutely must be heard.
3) Making the best decision is not as important as putting in the right processes to ensure that the best decisions get made.
2) Dole out thanks and encouragement like you dole out opinions.
1) Above all, this: never, ever get in the way. It’s better to twiddle your thumbs and squint up at the clouds than to obstruct progress for the sake of that stupid, childish thing called ego.
Sports and Web 3.0
Sports and recreational clubs at all levels from local to state to national are still cautioustly adotpting technology, members are still online and offline, and the community still views sports clubs from a one dimensional perspective. But the world is evolving past that…quickly and while sports just start to catch up with 2.0 we’re moving to 3.0. So what is 3.0 and how will it change your sports club or administration.
This new table built by Dr. John Moravec details the evolving way we’re all learning, trying out technology, and growing as a community. Essentially, we’ll reach a new state of web skills when we reinvent technology tools to better enhance our personal learning. While the table refers to teaching and education it is obviously only a short jump to similar community organisations. We will be at 3.0 when community clubs are everywhere and not viewed as places to throw a ball with limited interaction and broader acknowledgement, understanding and interaction from the community.
The above table obviously refers to Teachers and education. But you can see how we would tailor it to sports. Through utilising an administration backbone that would allow pluggable User Interfaces (UI) and in turn User Experiences (UX) an entirely new view on funding, resources, volunteers and overall administration starts to take place.
Do you agree with the descriptions in this table? What is being left out of the web 3.0 discussion right now? How long will it take to reach this new level of supposed understanding? Will we ever actually make it?
Being a President of a sporting club is a very different role. Still the visionary and champion of culture, they are the ultimate leader. Yes a team captain is a leader, but this type of leadership is not the same thing. What works as a captain and to lead by example, has the opposite effect when you are the President. Leading not by doing, but by inspiring, enabling, and holding people accountable.
Everyone has a slightly different definition, but the real secret to success is going to be delegating as much as possible to free up your time for thinking and driving new opportunities. This is even more important in a not-for-profit group.
Interview with CEO/Founder Isaak Dury
Isaak was recently interviewed by Evan Cunningham-Dunlop from eGroup, an industry group for the web industry. The talk discusses where TidyClub came from and where it is headed plus a few other things…
The role of data in sport
When dealing with Australian Sporting Associations it is noticeable that they could be doing much, much more with the funding they receive from State or National governments. It could be getting directed to specific regions and clubs based on insightful, grassroots data rather than gut instinct.
But data isn’t being collected because the systems in place are woefully inadequate or built for national bodies rather than local bodies where the data gets fed in from.
Data should do three things:
Confirm or disprove what sporting associations are already thinking.
Make the sporting bodies ask the right questions.
Cause the sporting bodies to act on what is discovered.
Whilst the federal government continues to provide blanket funding to sporting bodies who don’t have appropriate data and governance systems suitable for all levels of sport it will continue to be wasted.
One size does not fit all. Pluggable APIs, pluggable UIs, pluggable UXs are all required. Australian Sports needs to get smarter with the data they’re not collecting. It will help the competitors, the high-performance athletes, the volunteers, the supporters and other stakeholders at all levels.
This is big picture thinking that is simply not being done, and not even being discussed which is sadly to everyone’s detriment.
Producing athletes or people?
The conventional objective for sports clubs is to win through developing better athletes, but real development is developing people through sports clubs. The athletes will also be better.
- Club Lessons
Work out your clubs objectives and then work backwards. Most clubs work on a week to week, month to month basis. Step back and get everyone on the same long term agenda.
Empower your people
If you pick the right people for the right roles and then empower them with the tools and resources to make their job easier you almost don’t have to manage them… only the process.