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?
“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.”
“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.”
Mary Pat Paris, Executive Director
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