Stagnation is common in business, clubs, and any organisation which has a manager or someone giving directions. They’ll produce a winning formula and more than likely then fall into a routine, and stick with it. This is good for the immediate future of a club, and it may well build the foundation for the long term benefit of the club. But unless they step away, no one will understand what is required and how to do it.
Stepping away doesn’t meaning leaving altogether. It may mean you sit on an advisory board to the club, it may mean that you sit in on committee meetings to lend advice when asked, or be there when others fall into potholes, either way you’re still available.
This is important for those that secede you. Those that participate in the club will get the message that this place is so good, that even the ex-President wants to stick around. It facilitates the sort of message you want your club to broadcast in the loudest possible terms.
Intangible advice is the advice that one can’t put a monetary value on. It can be incredibly poignant and handy to keep within the club, why not exploit previous experience rather than ignore it all together.
Form an advisory board, it could be made of ex-Presidents, Senior players, local community members, senior business types and alike. Discuss in an ad-hoc fashion several topics each month, you may not learn anything new, you may have heard it all before but at the end of each meeting decide on a few to-do items. You have now subscribed to a timeline that will be enforced by local leaders; people you respect.
In a month’s time, you will have to report back to them with what actions have taken place. A timeline is usually what is required to give the idealistic items a kick in the butt and get them into action.