As an avid and active sportsman with great leadership qualities, Isaak was drawn to committee life in his 20’s at his local football club. His induction onto the committee was limited to a slap on the back and a reassuring ‘you’ll be right!’ and Isaak soon learned how lacking this really was.
He commenced his term having no idea about some of the basics, such as how committee meetings were meant to be run, the role that minutes played and the importance of recording action items. He also struggled coming to terms with why meetings ran for hours when all he really wanted to do was get home while dinner was still hot.
Isaak ultimately realised that poorly run meetings was the accepted norm, but he wasn’t content with that. He recognised early on that these meetings had a negative impact on attracting and retaining volunteers so he turned things around at his club and grew the number of volunteers from 5 to 18 people.
He also noticed that many organisations were repeating the same mistakes every time there was a new committee. They suffered from a lack of continuity in terms of the knowledge and experience that had been gained by previous members. There were also issues with vital club information that had been managed haphazardly or wasn’t in the format desired by the new committee.
Isaak’s solution to these challenges, TidyHQ, started life with a request from his own mother who wanted to make committee life easier in her crafts group by providing all the important information on one page.
TidyHQ is growing organically, with over 3,500 organisations in 85 countries, with most major sports represented as well as many other community and non-profit groups. These organisations are all very similar in that they’re trying to solve common problems with committees, including effective decision making, transparency, having a succession plan and ultimately decreasing administration and increasing revenue.
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Highlights From The Episode
- We’re proving through TidyHQ that if you can reduce the pain associated with meetings, you’ll retain existing volunteers and attract more as they’ll see that it’s not so stressful being in a volunteer role [9:15]
- People in sports clubs fail to understand that getting the administration side right is just as important - if not more important - than the high-performance side [12:55]
- We need to start evolving organisations to another level rather than reinventing the wheel with every generation of the committee that comes through [16:37]
We need to start to evolving clubs to another level #InsightfulDirector http://localhost/4dxle
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