Here’s a really great 7 member Board model for sporting organisations to adopt:Having dealt with sporting Boards all over the world, here are five commonly used sporting Board models that we all know do not work and are doomed to fail:
No matter what Board model you use, the critical components of a great sporting Board are:
- The “this Club is my personal play-thing” Board: Happens most often in start up and new professional sporting franchises where a bunch of local business leaders (who are fans of the sport) apply for a license to start up a new team because they have lots of money and are looking for a “new toy” to play with;
- The “we have ten Member Associations so we must have ten Board members” Board: The most common Board structure in Olympic sports around the world. Also one of the biggest problems in Olympic sport around the world because everyone acts in the interest of the State, Province or group they represent;
- The “we know nothing about sport but we will have a go”Board; This Board structure pops up from time to time when sports are under financial pressure. The sport looks to recruit new Board members who are community and business leaders to drive the Board hoping they will bring in broad knowledge in marketing, finance, business practices etc. However, Board members may have little or no real understanding of the unique needs and culture of sport / the sport;
- The “we know nothing about business but we will have a go”Board: Often a transitionary sporting Board model when amateur sports turn professional and the existing Board members lack the business skills, knowledge and experience to take the sport into the new professional era;
- The “I played the sport when I was at school and know everything there is to know about the sport” Board: Another common Board model where amateurs get involved running the sport using knowledge and beliefs that may be 20 years out of date. A frustrating Board to deal with if you are a CEO or Head Coach of a professional team.
Without doubt, the biggest problems in sporting organisations occur when people cross the lines that define the clarity of roles and responsibilities.
- The ability to think and act strategically;
- And….the commitment to keep their nose out of the daily operations of the organisation.
You recruit players to play, coaches to coach, doctors to provide medical support and CEOs to manage – let them do their job – and let Board members do theirs – that is, to provide consistently high quality strategic leadership with real vision.
That’s a really interesting post RussellEbertHandball...thanks for sharing - I won’t venture an opinion here on the quality of the Port Board but I reckon that template is pretty spot on and there’d be many clubs (and I’d include the Crows in that) who would be found wanting.I used to watch and read a fair bit of Wayne Goldsmith last decade, but not so much the last 4 or 5 years. He is known as the sports coach, mentored a lot of coaches, and works with a lot of national and international organisations and has branched out to do business coaching/mentoring.
We can't form tickets.No point whinging about the board if no one is prepared to put a ticket together and challenge the board. Hell it worked for Richmond! Got a flag the next year after a challenge.
Dont think being a desciple of Hussien Obozo is a plus.We can't form tickets.
The closest thing we have is 2 member-elected board positions (out of 10) that can be vetoed by the AFL anyway.
So say we elect a hell-raiser who wins in a landslide and pledges to shake things up, clunk heads together and generally agitate for change. Inevitably what will happen is Koch putting in a call to Gill and it's vetotown.
Did you know Holly Ransom, self-styled disruptor-extraordinare, interviewed Barack Obama once? So there's still hope.
While i agree it's poor, it's surely not the responsibility of everyone on that list to publish a profile.This indicates apathy / inefficiency / overwork practised by 1) the PAFC Media department, 2) the PAFC Marketing department, 3) the PAFC Communications department (which does not yet exist), 4) the PAFC Board secretary, 5) the PAFC CEO, 6) the PAFC chairman (Koch), 7) PAFC in toto.
As they are both just puppets of the great Kochmeister their mini profiles are irrelevant, apparently.... The point of this post is to point out that even after a reasonably extended period, Darren Cahill and Gavin Wanganeen still do not have their mini profiles appearing on the relevant page of the Club website. ....
Agreed. I omitted ‘or’ accidentally on purpose.While i agree it's poor, it's surely not the responsibility of everyone on that list to publish a profile.