Take a step back, I know you don’t want to, I know that this makes up your weekend, and the success of the club depends on you being there, but set up and empower people, make them and the rest of your club understand each others roles, and then move away. They will stand up, they have no choice, or others around will tell you otherwise anyway, in which case you take alternative actions.
By having others stand up around you, and take off most of the burden from your shoulders, you are producing a stronger club that will be more inclined to be better, to come up with their own ideas, and it won’t all fall in a heap when you do eventually resign… which you will do… one day.
Introducing our newest segment, Club Talk.
We spoke with Genevieve Faulkner about the in’s and out’s of running a club. Genevieve is the Head Coach of the Australian Representative Ice Skating Team. Each month we’ll speak club to club presidents, leaders, or anyone involved with running clubs and not-for-profit organisations.
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Transparency is good business.
Transparency is good business. If the people involved in the club know and understand why the sponsorship drive is so important, or why a club can’t give away free t-shirts, they may be more likely to give you a hand.
A few suggestions to increase the transparency could be;
- Produce an organisational chart, insert the names of those in the positions, and print it out into a poster size document and put it on the wall in your club rooms.
- Give them an idea of costs, by advertising how much insurance costs are, how much the canteen costs to run, or the new equipment is to purchase.
- Start including other non-committee members on committee like actions, get more people involved. The more involved, albeit in a third party fashion the more awareness there will be of the sheer quantity of effort involved.
This is our new promotional video. We hope you like it!
Will look great on the new site we’re building!
Are Meeting Formats Still Relevant?
Every meeting should have an agenda, a time-keeper, minute taker etc, all helping to produce a goal(s) that you want to accomplish.
But are traditional meeting structures out of date? Does the new generation of instant satisfaction, those that are used to instant emails, SMS’s, success and promotion have the patience to sit through the most formal of practices?
Arranging the agenda to quickly whittle through the tasks at hand is getting ever more important. If an agenda item is not contributing to the required outcomes, take it out.
No one will miss it.
If they do miss it, point out that they should have added it to the agenda and include it next time if it is again validated.
It doesn’t matter how interesting the numbers are, or the feedback from that group is, if it’s not going to support the main objective of the meeting it’s merely a distraction and an obstacle to your clubs success. It will likely also add to the pain that drives volunteers away from such committee positions.