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WE'VE ALWAYS DONE IT THIS WAY - YES WE KNOW YOU HAVE, MAYBE THAT IS WHY YOUR CLUB IS IN DECLINE!

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The most OBSTRUCTIVE PHRASE in any language is:
"We've Always Done It This Way"
I'm sure you have all heard it before ... many times.
Your response? Perhaps "If you don't make any changes, then expect to get what you've always had"

SOME THOUGHTS ON 1-5 YR COMPETITION FROM RAY SCOTT - JACK AGREES, HOW ABOUT YOU - UPDATE: RESPONSE FROM BOWLS NZ

Jack wants to hear your comments on this topic!!!
I am expressing my own personal opinions and not necessarily those of Bowls HB . I am a 4th year junior bowler who is very interested in promoting the sport of bowls . When I started bowling apart from the centre junior singles and pairs 1-5 years , there was only two other club events 1) a 5's and 2) a 2x4x2 ( both very good two day events ).
I talked my club Kia Toa into letting me run a junior classic ( also two days) and it was a huge success with the maximum of 20 teams engaged . I solicited teams from (9) of the (11) clubs in the Bay to participate . From there, I have managed to persuade another (5) clubs to run an event for under 5's .It is creating a very good group of competitive bowlers , and a lot of friendships are being forged along the way . Junior bowlers thrive in a competitive environent against their peers , learning to play "all" the shots and having a go without the critisism of more senior bowlers …

YOU CAN'T DO THAT! WE ALREADY TRIED!

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If someone say's "YOU CAN'T", they're showing you their limits, not yours!

Jack hears it regularly, "...we already tried that, it doesn't work'.

What a load of nonsense! 

You may well have tried and failed miserably but that doesn't mean the next person will follow suit. If a club member want's to give something a go, don't tell them that it has already been tried, give them a shot, what have you got to lose. At the end of the day, if you try nothing then you will be left with what you started with ..... NOTHING!

Jack is aware of new members that come along, full of fresh ideas and enthusiasm, only to be crushed by the self-righteous attitude of those who have tried and failed before them.

Perhaps those before them are scared that someone may show them how it's done?

What do you think?

Jack

STOP ASKING AND START DOING!

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To paraphrase the late John F. Kennedy, "ask not what Bowls New Zealand can do for you, ask what you can do for your club."

Jack Bias

ARE YOU MARKETING YOUR CLUB EFFECTIVELY?

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Jack reckons not many are!


So what are you doing to promote your club? 


Do you have a Website?
Do you have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other form of Social Media?

Believe it or not there are a lot of clubs that have none of the above.

Jack wants to know how you promote or market your club without any of these platforms?

If you're a club member and think your executive committee is way behind the 8 ball, then have yourself nominated for office at stand for a position at the next A.G.M.

Jack believes that clubs should be run like a business, not a social committee.

What do you think?

Jack

WHAT ARE YOU DOING THAT IS DIFFERENT?

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Greetings bowlers, officials, employees and volunteers. Jack trusts that you are all refreshed and ready to fire on through the remainder of the season!

During the break Jack has been taking a look at what makes a business successful. The one obvious variable is A POINT OF DIFFERENCE.

For example, a butchery will find it hard to survive and compete against the supermarket chains if they simply plod along and have no point of difference. By that Jack means, if you provide the same product as a competitor but at a higher price and/or a lower quality, then where is the point of difference?

You need to investigate what the opposition has and work from there. You can provide a totally different product that the customer can't get from the opposition ...... or, if you want to provide the same product as the opposition, you need to provide a much better product, otherwise where is the incentive?

This applies to Lawn Bowls. Jack says if you provide the same old Triples Gala that several other…

NO PLAN? - SHAME ON YOU!

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Jack can’t believe his ears! Some clubs don’t have strategic plans you say? Noooo this can’t be true at all. Jack is dumbfounded as to why some clubs don’t have a strategic plan. How can your club have direction without a plan? How can they set targets? 

How do they know how the club is performing without something to measure against? If you don’t have a plan then you are planning to fail, you’ve all heard that before, well it’s true! Jack say’s there are plenty of resources available to help you with this and you can find links to these on the Bowls Wellington website. 

A strategic plan does not need to be a large document, nor does it need to encompass every detail, but it does need a direction. From this you can drive an action plan and before you know it, things are happening. Do it now or plan to fail! 

Jack