We were leading a full-day strategic planning session for a California chapter and in the midst of a making a difficult decision, the chapter president said, "well our decisions are etched in jello." Within this statement was a wonderful bit of wisdom. Too many times chapters aren't able to take a leap of faith and try something different. The refrain "but we've always done it this way and it works" puts up a impenetrable wall.
With one statement, this president opened a door. If the decision didn't work or they ran into trouble implementing it, they could fall back. Making the change didn't mean they were wedded to it forever.
His comment got a few chuckles and a vote to change. It's that kind of leadership that is needed in more chapters. When's the last time your chapter took the leap?