a Report on a Report

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Checking in after trekking across the north rim, showering under the August monsoon and catching some of my favorite bands here in northern Arizona and wow, I am still gobsmacked that this annual report has not been taken down. Is there no shame in posting a grade school scribble as a cynical substitute for an annual report? Is 501c3 status so opportunistic and fraudulent no façade of competence is required?  Is it simply checking the box or have they gone further and just checked out?

Read the report pasted below and see what you think. The italicized words are the actual report for 2016 signed by both the CEO and the Chairman of the Board. Paraphrased “shorter” translations appear to the right of each of the teensy paragraphs in this remarkable report. Is it time to talk turkey about the future of this once healthy and member-driven non-profit organization? It appears no longer viable or credible as a professional membership association.

If you are a member, this is an annual report you will want to read. If you are considering membership or certification you will want to read first. If you are a CFO or have responsibility for managing external training expenditures, you will want to read and then sharpen your pencil.

Screen Shot 2017-08-16 at 10.54.10 AMScreen Shot 2017-08-16 at 10.54.41 AMScreen Shot 2017-08-16 at 10.55.00 AMAnd that’s it! There are lots of pictures of events and of happy hours with people smiling, and a few of the usual suspects too, but no mention of the business, no mention of a leadership change, and certainly no mention of hair on fire, all of which are headline news from 2016. One must wonder if they even read what they have signed. It’s not too late to pull this report and submit a revised Annual Report to Membership. After all, as the best and the brightest, they deserve an organization they can be proud of. WorldatWork is their professional membership association. They paid for it, after all.

P.S., lest anyone want to verify the authenticity of the report posted on the web over a month ago, and still here today, August 16, 2017, here is the screenshot. How long will they leave it up?

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