What to focus on…
Running a club successfully isn’t about the excitement, but rather the ability to concentrate on usual everyday routine.
If you are becoming too busy, too extended with your thoughts of world domination, your club will soon become rough and ragged from not focusing.
In the midst of noise and change make sure you are still focused on the true mission of the club and it is quiet and stable and those that are involved with it are content.
Clubs and Associations are by their very definition a group of like minded people. Which I feel is part of the reason that people eliminate conflict wherever and whenever it appears, in meetings, on the field trip or at an event.
Obviously there is a time and place for everything, but provoking conflict will only provoke interest and engagement, it will cause people to describe what they really think, or perhaps kickstart thinking along a different tangent.
It is a very handy mechanism or tool in a good managers toolbox. Handling the conflict actively and professionally and is a whole other discussion.
Next time you’re in a committee meeting, put out some verbal rope out to play with, highlight a threat or a concern and give it a gentle rub. Sure it may be a little uncomfortable, but resolving these issues in the open will make for a stronger bond.
After all, if these things were never discussed and actioned wouldn’t that result in an even more uncomfortable position later on?