“Not too little, not too big, but just right.” We can thank Goldilocks’s innovative decision-making strategies for giving us this antiquated quote. However, unlike Goldilocks, it is not just the temperature of our porridge or the softness of our beds raising skepticism. Instead, organizations are beginning to question the number of members on their board. How many board members is the right amount? What size enables an organization to acquire desired results most effectively and efficiently?
When it comes to strategic planning, there is no question as to if your association needs one. Every organization should have a strategic plan, complete with a planning session that is not just four hours of an already-planned board meeting. Our leaders explained the importance of a strategic plan and why it’s necessary and have summarized the top five reasons that your fiscal year cannot start without one.
Boats aren’t the only thing that are being “a boarded” this season. Summer doesn’t stop associations from thinking forward to the next fiscal year. Many are preparing for their new board members to take their positions and begin their planning for the future of their organization. As this process starts, many ask what do new board members need to know? How can they be effectively and efficiently onboarded? Several of the TMG leadership team weighed in and provided what has worked best for their organizations.
The topic of strategic planning is one that is (at least it should be) at top of mind for all associations and their leaders. Strategic planning is defined as a systematic process of envisioning the future of an association, organization or company, and then in-turn, translating the vision into broadly defined goals or objectives with a plan and steps to achieve them.
It’s DRAFT DAY! Today is the day that football fans everywhere gather and tune-in to see where the fate of their team and its upcoming season lie. While it may seem far-fetched, associations can learn a lot from the NFL when it comes to “drafting” its own team. We’ve collected a few things to consider when developing your team, whether it be staff or volunteer, that will score you a definite touchdown.
A successful association board of directors has an eye to the future. They understand the strategic needs of the association, both short and long-term. One area that can sometimes fall outside of the normal strategic discussion is succession planning. Having an established succession plan ensures the long-term success of the association.
If you work with an association, you know that collaborating with volunteers located around the country or even the world is an everyday occurrence—and, at times, a challenge. Volunteer leaders of associations have day jobs and busy schedules, after all, which makes it more critical to ensure efficient and effective communication and making the most out of the times we can get everyone on the phone together! We at Talley Management know how vital collaboration between volunteers is to an association’s well-being and future, which is why we’re dedicating this post to some of our favorite tools for organizing successful and seamless online board or committee meetings.