It’s a nice post that points out that one of the critical parts of leadership is having a plan and sharing your vision with the people who will help it come to fruition.
But the post seems skimpy on the “actionable” part of the message. It’s easy to say you’ve got to communicate a roadmap, but what does a roadmap for a community look like?
Is it a series of goals that you are working towards? (Please don’t let it be a list of statistics… the community doesn’t care how many other people join the community, only your advertisers care about that)
What sort of ideas, concepts, and things could you put in a roadmap that a community member could look at and go, that’s awesome! I’m going to stick around and see if I can help make this a reality!
Off the top of my head, I would love to have a booth at a conference next year but my major stumbling block is a budget for the booth itself and staffing it. That’s a goal that the community could help with! We could fundraise internally, collect materials from the members, and get sign-ups for volunteers to staff it.
We have a wiki that has over 3000 terms defined for our industry. Right now, it’s the largest collection of terms that we’ve been able to find in this industry. A goal could be a pocket reference or an app for our members to use!
Just some thoughts about what could constitute at least part of a roadmap for an established community… maybe I’m way out in left field, but that’s what I took away from the article!