This is the first of two 'turn-of-the-year' posts written in my alter ego of "Wise Owl" guest blogger for the MemberWise Network Blog. Both are written with the Chief Executives and senior managers of non-profit organisations in mind.
Consider these two quotes – they are among my favourites:
The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year. - John Foster Dulles
The definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. - Albert Einstein
And now, thinking about your own association or membership organisation, what might your answer be to the following two questions:
1 Is your association / organisation suffering from an issue which is impeding its progress or from a seemingly insoluble problem which you know needs to be resolved?
2 Do you want to go through another year without resolving this issue?
As we move towards the holiday break and the New Year restart, you may find yourself with a little time at your disposal to contemplate what next year will look like, what needs to be achieved, what your agreed strategy requires, how realistic the targets are that you have set. If your thoughts tend to drift towards the same old issues that you faced this year then perhaps it is time to find an answer to my third question:
3 What is really stopping you from dealing with this critical issue?
I would be willing to bet that you have already identified the root cause of the issue. Ask yourself whether it is truly a mountain or just a historical molehill that is going to make everyone uncomfortable if you try to find a way to eradicate the mole?
If you already know that your association / organisation would be able to make huge strides forward if you able to resolve the issue then now would be a good time to decide whether you have the internal resources to work out how to deal with it or whether you will need some impartial, external assistance. Wouldn’t it be more effective to deal with some short term discomfort as a means of achieving long term success? Take the plunge, you know you want to!
Read more of the Wise Owl and MemberWise articles here.