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In James Clear's book Atomic Habits (I recommend it!), he discusses the concept of motion vs. action. In a nutshell, it's the...
I've written about this before, but apparently I have to keep repeating it. If you've got a "generic" email box...
    I was reading an article recently about Warren Buffet's "rules" for how he chooses companies to invest in. One of...
24 January 2019, by , in Data Management, No comments
It's impossible to measure progress if you don't know your starting point. This sounds axiomatic, but too often it is overlooked...
17 January 2019, by , in Data Management, No comments
A client of mine recently wrote the following to me: "It's so hard to set up a new database and decide...
In Dan Gilbert's book Stumbling on Happiness, he writes: "Experience is unobservable to everyone except the person who it happens...
The phrase is a bit trite, but nonetheless true. What we give attention to (i.e., praise or rewards), especially as...
3 January 2019, by , in Uncategorized, No comments
The new year brings new resolutions. May I suggest that one of your New Year's resolutions be the creation of...
27 December 2018, by , in Data Management, No comments
I've written in the past about cognitive biases and how they can affect our judgment. One that I didn't mention in that...
20 December 2018, by , in Rants and Kudos, No comments
This one may seem obvious, but when you're speaking to anyone, whether it's one person, a staff meeting, or a...
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“Wes was able to come in and offer tangible, relevant advice that made us more productive immediately. I value his understanding of databases but more so, his understanding of how nonprofits work. There was no lost time educating him about how membership organizations are “different.” Wes recommended changes in processes as well as tips and tricks that were easy to implement made an immediate positive impact.”

Mary Pat Paris, Executive Director
International Registration Plan

“We came to Wes because we were very frustrated with our existing AMS and we wanted to improve our capabilities as soon as practicable. Wes very quickly helped us through a process of identifying our needs, identifying potential vendors, and selecting a new system that we’ll be able to move into very quickly. I especially appreciated Wes’s candor about our processes as well as the systems we were looking at. He was a great resource to have in a period of high anxiety for our organization. I would highly recommend Wes for any similar project.”

Jack Chiasson, CMP Executive Director
National Association of Life Brokerage Agencies

“Wes was able to come in and offer tangible, relevant advice that made us more productive immediately. I value his understanding of databases but more so, his understanding of how nonprofits work. There was no lost time educating him about how membership organizations are “different.” Wes recommended changes in processes as well as tips and tricks that were easy to implement made an immediate positive impact.”

Mary Pat Paris, Executive Director
International Registration Plan

Mary Pat Paris
International Registration Plan

“This is the second database implementation we’ve done since I have been at Western Arts Alliance (WAA). The first I did on my own. This time we engaged Wes Trochlil as our database planning consultant. Let me tell you, this process is a whole lot easier having Wes on your team! For a small association like WAA, it’s tempting for board and EDs to question the justification and expense of a database planning consultant. But it’s the small associations that need Effective Database Management the most. Wes strengthened our planning process, clarified our needs requirements, helped us steer around solutions that couldn’t meet our objectives, and saved us money in the long haul.”

Tim Wilson, Executive Director
Western Arts Alliance

Tim Wilson
Western Arts Alliance
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