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Published Friday, January 22, 2016
It is with great excitement that I write to you in my inaugural President’s Letter. The opportunities that lie ahead for NCA and our country’s private clubs are tremendous, and I am honored to be leading NCA in this crucial time as we work with our members and allies to advance our industry. In the current legislative and regulatory climate, more»
Published Friday, January 22, 2016
“What we have here is a failure to communicate!” Little did we ever think those famous words from the warden in the 1967 blockbuster hit “Cool Hand Luke” would apply to club governance—but the message does resonate, or at least should be considered as clubs work to disseminate information to their members. When I was a board more»
Published Friday, January 22, 2016
On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). While it provided a number of positive changes to the insurance industry, it also brought with it a host of new requirements that have had a significant impact on the finances of most private clubs. For the past five years, NCA and our allies in the more»
Published Friday, January 22, 2016
Q: What are some of the best practices for hiring club employees? Are background checks necessary? A: From a financial perspective, the cost of a bad hire can be considerable, from the amount of time and money spent on hiring the individual to the unnecessary disruption it can cause club operations. Putting in place the right steps to properly hire will more»
Published Friday, January 22, 2016
Q: Why do private clubs need strategy? A: Roughly half of America’s private clubs operate with a strategic plan, according to a 2014 National Golf Foundation study of private clubs. Among the 32 percent of clubs surveyed that defined themselves as “financially sound,” nearly three-in-four (73%) depend on a strategic plan. The top more»
Published Friday, January 22, 2016
Q: Do you have any tips for how we can upgrade our governance practices to get everyone on the same page? A: Consultant-speak for “getting everyone on the same page” is to increase “alignment” in your organization. This is beneficial in any enterprise, but more difficult to accomplish and of greater benefit in a private club where more»
Published Friday, January 22, 2016
Q: How can my club prevent Employment Practices Liability losses? A: Employment Practices Liability (EPL) is an increasingly significant area of law that deals with alleged employer misconduct, including sexual harassment, wrongful discipline, wrongful termination, discrimination and failure to promote an employee, among other actions. EPL litigation can more»
Published Friday, January 22, 2016
Transformational leaders, by definition, transform the organization and the individuals around them. The term was coined by James MacGregor Burns, a leadership expert and presidential biographer, who describes the style of leadership as when “leaders and followers make each other advance to a higher level of morality and motivation.” These more»
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