Success Requires Discipline

When it comes to data management, most of us know what to do; we just don’t do it. What is required is discipline.

Discipline is absolutely critical when it comes to managing data effectively. For example, you have to have the discipline to:

  • enter the data when you receive it (I so often hear associations say “We have that data, we just haven’t entered it into the system yet.”)
  • enter the data correctly (Garbage in, garbage out, right?)
  • do the gardening (If your data is not improving, it’s getting worse.)
  • and on and on.

The difference between knowing and doing is discipline. What does the discipline look like in your organization?

About Wes Trochlil

For over 30 years, 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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