Find out how organizations can be more successful by making practical decisions that work best for their groups, rather than by blindly adhering to rules, customs, or so-called professional "norms." Applying common sense and independent judgment will generate greater success than just doing what everybody else is doing. Practical decisions may sometimes be outside the mainstream. They may often be different than commonly accepted organizational practices. They may not always be embraced by others. But decisions should be made because they are the right choices for the organization, not because leaders want to be like everybody else. The liklihood of success, not a desire to conform, should govern the decision-making process.
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About the Author
David M. Patt served 32 years as a not-for-profit CEO, attaining the status of Certified Association Executive (CAE). His articles discussing association management issues have appeared in Associations Now, Forum, and other professional publications. As President of a management and consulting firm, he provides operational advice and strategy to not-for-profits, and specializes in turnarounds, governance, and staff leadership.