"It's like the family dinner"

I often recommend to my clients that they have regular meetings among their heaviest database users, to discuss all the issues related to data management within the organization. Having these regular meetings can really improve communication among different departments (and even withIN them!).

When I suggested this to a client recently, one woman in the meeting replied “It’s like the family dinner!”

She went on to explain: “When the family sits down to dinner at night, that’s when most of the family knowledge is exchanged. Who has done what, who is doing what, upcoming plans, and so on.”

And she’s right. Regularly scheduled meetings (whether for all staff or your database users) are your family dinner. It’s your chance to share information, wins and losses, hopes and desires.

So how often are you sitting down to dinner with your staff? Is it often enough?

About Wes Trochlil

For a quarter century, Wes has worked in and with dozens of associations and membership organizations throughout the US, ranging in size from zero staff (all-volunteer) to over 700. In that time Wes has provided a range of consulting services, from general consulting on data management issues to full-scale, association-wide selection and implementation of association management systems.

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