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This is a prescription for elevating organizational performance.

Most visits to a health care professional result in a prescription. It is the advice offered verbally (“take two aspirin and get some rest”) or written on a pad to be filled at the pharmacy. The intent is to improve one’s health.

A similar approach can be used with an organization — a prescription to improve health, operations and outcomes. Just as people have annual check-ups, it is good for associations to have periodic check-ups.

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William Pawlucy
William Pawlucy
Bill Pawlucy, MPA, CAE, IOM, is founder of Association Options, Inc. a company that focuses on practical strategic planning (corporate and nonprofit), management assessments, Baldrige Award process implementation, AMC search and evaluation, facilitation, and governance modeling. He is also the executive director of the International Association of Interviewers and is an appointee to the U.S. Department of Commerce Board of Examiners for the Baldrige Presidential Award.