The Plan - Your Tool to Generate Participation and Achieve Productivity


by Patricia A Hudson, MPsSc and James R Hudson, Ph.D. of the Melos Institute *

This article suggests that an effective plan can be a valuable tool to guide and manage your leadership team toward high performance.

Successful association executives recognize that membership-based organizations cannot be run solely as businesses. Rather, they must operate with sound business practices coupled with building an organizational community that reflects a strong sense of shared values and principles.

The article suggests that if the planning process becomes an essential part of your operations, the plan becomes an invaluable tool in the following ways:

  • Plan as a Tool for Aligning Attitudes and Actions
  • Plan as a Tool to Foster Board Productivity
  • Plan as a Tool to Mobilize Members

In this article, Patricia and James Hudson of the Melos Institute, outline how a plan can impact all of these areas of the organization as well as some specific techniques to achieve these results.


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* The Melos Institute is a nonprofit nonpartisan independent think tank that works with thinkers and shapers to find new and better ways for volunteer and staff leaders to deliver more meaningful and transformative experiences to their members. The Institute’s applied research initiatives are geared to helping us understand the strategies and tactics as well as the principles, processes and tools that will produce an active and engaged membership.


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