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.
Being a Club President
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.
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.
Many clubs achieve great things off the field (which usually result in great on-field things). Finding a great sponsor, recruiting an excellent coach, attracting better players, finding more volunteers.
My question for you and the club is does this happen in a club because of the structures, tools and methods your club has put in place or despite it? It’s probably a bit of both, but imagine what would happen if you amplify the positive side of things!
Paying for help.
Typically clubs pay for the things that they consider matter (and they do), things like more footballs, coaching talent, training equipment or more drink bottles. Unfortunately there seems to be no desire to get better at the administration things that matter. A long day at work usually sours our desire for administration at the club. We tend to avoid another meeting, reading more notes and dealing with other overheads.
Now consider how much better it would be to get better at:
Recording the numbers
How to hold a meeting
Giving a presentation
Short-cutting membership registration
How to attract and retain volunteers
How to raise money
But for most of us we need to wing it. We stumble over the same hurdles as the person before us. Paying for tools to make your job, and the job of the person that comes after you is something worth doing and will allow you to recruit and retain volunteers around you.
Getting your volunteers on board, to help your club achieve things can be tough. Taking a moment to reflect on how you do this can be overly beneficial.
At TidyClub we are strong believers in increasing the level of transparency within your committee and broader member base. Firstly so everyone knows that things are happening in a legitimate fashion, but secondly and just as importantly is to help with on-boarding your members to the mission the club has before it.
Now the question is do you persuade or do you convince…and there is a difference.
Engineers convince. Marketers persuade. Persuasion appeals to the emotions and to fear and to the imagination. Convincing requires a spreadsheet or some other rational device. Now what if you have both?
It is far easier to persuade someone after they are already convinced, when they have the facts before them. But you must have both to make wonderful things happen.
Luckily you have TidyClub!
The Finish Line
If you’re in a club or not-for-profit please remember there is no finish line. Sure smaller projects along the way that have finite timelines, but the broader vision and mission of your club doesn’t speak to a finishing point.
With that being the case, make sure you’re enjoying the ride. If you’re not enjoying it figure out why, figure out the tools you need, the practices you need to put into place to make sure the journey is a good one.
If you’re not enjoying it, I guarantee others aren’t either. Work smarter, not harder and enjoy the ride!
Working Smarter, Not Harder
Last weekend I was lucky enough to have been invited onto a number of panels to discuss the various aspects of sporting clubs. One item that keeps on rearing its head is social networking and how to get a hold of it all.
In the past I have used a number of tools to migrate that feed, and force it onto another platform whilst also etc etc… it was easy because I’m from an IT background, but it was still cumbersome.
May I introduce to you www.ifttt.com it is clearly the easiest way to propagate information from one place to another, from Gmail to Twitter, from Facebook to Dropbox. It’s is extremely simple, which we at TidyClub of course love, and we know you will to.
Go and check it.
P.S. We aren’t on any kickback-affiliate scheme here, we just like passing on hints and tips to clubs!