What makes you weird?

What makes you weird?

When I work with clients on selecting a new association management system, one thing I'm digging for is what makes the association weird. What I mean by that is, what is the association doing that most other associations don't typically do?

This is important for a couple of reasons:

  1. The weird stuff is usually pretty important to the association and its members.
  2. The weird stuff is often not managed by "out of the box" functionality (but maybe can be managed with configuration).

So what are some examples of "weird" association practices? Here are just a few I've run into over the years:

  1. An association that takes dues only by payroll withholding. No online joins or renewals.
  2. An association that has to keep track of individuals, organizations, and aircraft owned by those individuals and/or organizations (and the aircraft serves as the member!).
  3. An association that has organizational membership but individuals associated with those organizational members can choose their own chapters.

To the associations themselves, this is business as usual, so it may not seem weird to them (like a fish doesn't know they are in water). But these are relatively unique practices that they are unlikely to find in baseline, out-of-the-box functionality for most AMSes. And knowing what makes you weird can help you focus on what a new AMS can and cannot do for you.

Wes's Wednesday Wisdom Archives

Why Process is So Important

January 15, 2020

Why Process is So Important One of my favorite business authors is James Clear, who writes all […]

The Significant Change of SaaS Software

January 7, 2020

The Significant Change of SaaS Software One of the most significant technological changes in the […]

Always, ALWAYS budget for more training

December 18, 2019

Always, ALWAYS budget for more training Always, ALWAYS budget for more training. I don’t know how else […]

We’ve always done it that way

December 11, 2019

We’ve always done it that way A couple of weeks ago I wrote about approving memberships, […]

Are you sure it doesn’t do that?

December 4, 2019

Are you sure it doesn’t do that? Even after 20 years of consulting, I’m surprised […]

Be grateful

November 27, 2019

Be grateful As Thanksgiving approaches here in the US, I’m reminded of two words: Be […]

Do you really need to approve them?

November 20, 2019

Do you really need to approve them? I often joke that the very best (because […]

Negativity bias is why we need database PR

November 13, 2019

Negativity bias is why we need database PR I’ve written before how cognitive biases can affect […]

A system change requires a culture change

November 6, 2019

A system change requires a culture change By its very nature, when you introduce a […]

Where is that data?

October 30, 2019

Where is that data? This is what data management nirvana looks like: When the question starts with […]

Scroll to Top