Tuesday, May 13, 2014

How to Organize a Floorball Club?

Wow that is not an easy question. And most likely we have close as many organizations variations as we do have clubs.

By Snigne (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
From the power perspective of things...
Normally most organizations are either run as a highly democratic group or maybe by one single despotic leader. The power definition takes on many possible forms in between these two strict and main variations. Then the next interesting aspect might be the enforcement, meaning, is this a leadership with tight - or loose control?

Then there is some sort of order too...
Many clubs are controlled under by-laws - but these can shift from the clubs own full control to the control under a federation or something similar.  When a club use its own by-laws to keep its own organization going - well the initiative might sound nice - but it is not fully based upon bold democratic ideas upon the different specific divides of power. Then as by-laws are put in place by someone else, you may always ask who the very top organization report to? And perhaps the best answer is that above the highest top there are other organizations that your sport also belong to - or wants to belong to - and these organizations set some sort of a golden standard or vision on how things are to be organized.
Still, at the very top of any mountain - there is nothing but clouds. huh?

This description is very sketchy and it does not describe democracy in the perspective of being representative or direct and hey, most likely representative despotism might exists too. We do know that democracy is very slow and not so cheap - so it is not always certain that it is the best way to drive a smaller organization.
Then per no doubt - most organizations show example on formal leadership - but also informal leadership.. i.e leading structures that the formal chain of command not always are aware about - but sometimes they are. But seldom the two meet...

Ok still a very sketchy and brief description.

But here comes our challenge - let us claim that this what you have read above is old and close to nonsense. Let us test the frontiers of organizational ideas and say that maybe this does not matter at all - or at least not very much! It is not hard to find research that prove that leaders tend to overestimate their own positive impact on any organization.

Let us now instead say that the most important organizational feature instead is not at all how the theories on organizational developments look like in your Floorball club. Let us challenge everything you know about organizational structures and say - the only thing that you should count on - or care about - is that all members of any organization are as happy as they can be.
Maybe only the happiest members are the ones that can bloom out in full self-actualization and take any club to the skies? (and beyond that mountain we described earlier?)
You want your organization/club to tap the creative powers to the max! Right?

Maybe this is why some of the most modern tech companies do so much to have all their co-workers so outlandish happy?
Should Floorball learn from this? 
That is exactly what we suspect.

And by the way when did you last participate in a campaign to elect a new president in you own club? And who nominated the candidates by the way - a by-law written.. by-who again?
Just sayin’...
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Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!