The following lists are provided so that an advisor may have a better idea of the types of problems he/she may face with their organization (Lorenz and Shipton, 1984). This list is not all inclusive, but may serve as a guide for an advisor.
- The leader does not consult with the organization before making significant decisions.
- The leader appears to lack self-confidence, is non-assertive, and lacks interest in organization.
- A rivalry exists between leaders in the organization.
- The leader has work overload, and too many time-conflicts.
- Low attendance at meetings.
- Members have low satisfaction and morale, are bored, do not communicate well, feel left out or are apathetic.
- Members compete for attention.
- An individual member's goals differ from those of the organization.
- There exists a lack of trust among members.
- Events fail.
- There is a lack of ideas.
- Meetings are disorganized.
- Meetings are too long.
- The organization suffers from financial problems.
- There is no continuity from one year to the next.
- The organization has no "plan of action”.
- Disagreement between an organization and other student organizations.
- Disagreement with institutional policies and procedures.
- Organization members avoid the advisor.
- Organization members do not pay attention to advisor's advice.
- The advisor is overwhelmed by their responsibility.
- The advisor assumes a leadership function.
Information provided by Jim Mohr, Advisor for Student Organizations and Greek Life, Eastern Washington University.