Someone the other day said, “I LOVE your stories”! They were so excited about the story I was going to tell, I thought what the heck, I am going to start blogging about my days as a mother, consultant and entrepreneur.
My days are very interesting. I just don’t know what call I am going to get next. It could be a CEO who has a IT disaster, a Communication’s Director who needs something done immediately, a client who is ready to sue a vendor, an opportunity to consider, a client who’s board member has asked for something ridiculous, someone wanting professional advise (not sure why they would call me) or who really knows. So I decided to share my days with you through this blog (names and organizations will not be used). Hope you enjoy it!
Last week, I received a call from an interim CEO who has a situation where the organization’s association management system is half implemented. To manage their organization (with only two staff and a CEO) they are updating records in 5, yes 5, different locations. To make matters more complex, the volunteer members were the ones who made the recommendation to move to the new system. We are involved with now helping them move forward. However, the committee is very involved in the project, discussions with vendors and are very opinionated. They probably shouldn’t be proceeding with the “new” system as it is a downgrade from their current infrastructure but due to “politics” they will keep going.
Lessons learned from this:
- If you don’t have the right staff to work on a project, hire someone, do not involve your volunteers at the level of picking out software.
- Don’t let politics get in the way of making the right decisions. If something fails, be willing to move on.
- When all else fails, call Sherry.