The beginning of the year can signify a lot of different things. It can mean making (and trying to stick to) resolutions or a chance for a fresh start. It means both of these for me, but the beginning of the year also signifies award season. For an avid moviegoer like myself, January and February are very exciting months. Yes, I love seeing the surprised reactions of the winners, listening to the acceptance speeches, and of course seeing the red carpet fashion, but I’ve often wondered why I am so invested in award season.
I suppose it’s because when I pay $11.50 and spend two plus hours to see a movie, I expect it to be of high quality, and I like seeing a well-made movie get recognized. This is a universal thought process that can be applied to our own organizations. When members invest their time and money into an organization, they expect to get quality results in return. The beginning of the year is a great time to evaluate your own organization, making sure all is in check.
In honor of the season, below are a few “awards” to think of within your organization.
Best Director. Is your organization heading in the right direction for 2013? Have you set goals and are you following them? It’s important to understand that what’s right for one organization might not be right for you. Having a strategic plan in place, and making sure that your programs and services align with that plan and your overall mission is a recipe for success.
Best Ensemble. At the heart of every organization is its staff. A team where everyone gets along and works well together is ideal, but unfortunately, it’s not always the case. Practices that contribute to a healthy working relationship with co-workers include being up front with expectations, keeping open lines of communication, and being open to new ideas. The more you can gel with your team, the better it will be for you, your board, and your members.
Best Picture. In the end, what it really comes down to is, “Why should I join your organization?” You need to make sure your members are benefiting from, well, being a member. Whether it has to do with your advocacy support, networking opportunities, educational offerings, or golf tournaments, you should always listen to your members’ needs.
So before the big night arrives on February 24th, be sure to think about whether or not your organization has what it takes to come out on top. And in case you’re wondering, I’m pulling for Argo to take home the golden statue for Best Picture!