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Many clubs operate thinking that it is the responsibility of the Treasurer to keep the club financially sustainable. This is an inaccurate assumption and one that can (and has) put clubs in a sticky situation. The reality is that the Treasurer’s responsibility is to record, report, and advise the board when it comes to all […]

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Sports coaches and staff can use the Job Characteristics Model to increase job satisfaction and performance. This model was developed by Hackman and Oldham and it suggests that there are five core job dimensions that impact job satisfaction: task identity, task significance, autonomy, feedback, and opportunity for growth. While we often state that coaching or […]

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Parents Know Best Until They Don’t. In a recent report from Inside Higher Ed, a survey of roughly 5,000 high school graduates showed an increase in parental influence on college decisions. Almost certainly caused by the pandemic, parents’ opinions and influence on college decision has become a much more important factor for high school students. […]

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When people talk about their culture, they are certain they know whether it’s strong or has room for improvement. We can deeply feel when things aren’t working well, when behaviors aren’t the best, and when there is a lot of complaining from both staff and families. We know the culture needs to change. However, that’s […]

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You can’t steal second if your foot is still on first. I love this quote. It’s visual for me. When I ask clubs what their Vision is for the next 1 to 3 years, I either get the ‘Oh Crap’ stares with the large slow blinks or some kind of flippant response about how they […]

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Dysfunction in club leadership seems to be commonplace and while plenty of clubs recognize the issues, they either choose not to address them or they feel stuck and don’t know what direction to turn. Leaving some feeling like they are on their own with no support. In my experience with working swim teams, it doesn’t […]

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In order for an organization to reach its goals and objectives, the workload should not land solely on the shoulder of one person or only a few committee members. The overall success of the club relies on the active participation of each person involved — whether an officer, member or volunteer. As such, leaders should […]

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Board members and volunteers are an essential part of any organization and that’s why it’s crucial to select the right candidates for the roles needed. All too often clubs find themselves with a couple of overworked volunteers and others that barely contribute or who don’t have the right skillset (or mindset for that matter) to […]

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Knowing what good governance is can be hard to recognize, however, whether you are a board or a general member, you know when it’s present and you feel it when it’s not. While certain behaviors are required, such as leadership, accountability, open discussions, and transparent practices, the information below helps to outline what you can […]

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Preparing for an Annual General Meeting (AGM) takes quite a bit of planning. Unfortunately, I see many clubs spending more time planning the logistics than they do the content and the structure of the meeting. If you want to have an efficient meeting and well-informed members, you must take the time to properly plan what […]

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