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.
After 108 years, what was the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), made the country’s jaw drop as they announced that its program for children 11 to 17 years old will be known as "Scouts BSA” beginning in February 2019. The reason for the change is that BSA now allow girls into their program-another headline that the organization made just a few months ago. Girls will now have the opportunity to even earn the highest-ranking award, the Eagle Award, despite the fact that Girl Scouts offers the same high-ranking award, the Gold Award. The parent organization name will remain the Boy Scouts of America and the Cub Scouts program will also keep its title. Are you confused yet?
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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 volunteer for or are employed by an association, tell me if this sounds familiar, “Our mission is to be the premier provider of education and networking opportunities to serve the needs of our members”. It’s a fine mission, and in most cases it is true. However, this same mission is applicable to 99% of associations and doesn’t truly speak to why your particular association exists. If your mission statement sounds like this one, it might be time to consider changing it. Here are a few tips to bring to the board table when considering a revision: