Develop a plan that ensures your board's success
Once you've begun to view your association as a business and have implemented strategies like an annual business cycle and enlisting the services of a trusted group of advisors, it's time to ensure that you put all your plans into action to take your board to a whole new level of efficiency. Without a plan of action, a lot of your exciting ideas and goals can simply fizzle out and be forgotten, especially since everyone on your board leads busy lives. So with that in mind, here's a way to move from talking to taking action. Take a look at the following one page planning tool.
Less talk more action
The first step to developing an action plan is to actually sit down with your board and put the association's goals and the business cycle on paper. This is where everything starts, so it is the key to ensuring that things will move forward. Using the one-page planning tool, your board can actually identify and plan out each goal and business cycle then use this to monitor and track progress.
A vehicle to success
Consider your one-page planning tool your dashboard. Here, you're going to include your top 3 goals for the year and your specific business cycles so that you can see them at all times. This will help you plan out each board meeting for the year and allow you a view of all that needs to be accomplished ahead of time. And once you've laid out your top 3 goals, you can create action items, including who is going to be responsible for each and a deadline for when things will be completed. Addressing issues and goals this way allows you to take a step-by-step approach instead of dealing with things right when they occur.
Incremental steps lead to better results
Planning ahead puts your association in a much better place for solving problems, maximizing effectiveness and ultimately making a positive impact in your community. The one-page planning tool works perfectly in conjunction with all the other aspects of running your association as a business and without it, many boards find their jobs arduous and frustrating. By and large, the biggest benefit to this tool is that the entire year is in full view at every meeting and planned out in advance. Of course, there are always unexpected events and issues that come up, but you will be taking incremental steps to reach your association's goals.
Being a part of your association board should be a pleasurable and fulfilling experience. Follow these tips and use the one page planning tool to improve your efficiency and accomplish goals for the entire year. For help or to find out about our services, get in touch with us today.