I just finished a blog posting by Mike Myatt excogitating on how attitude reflects leadership. Talk about hitting the nail on the head. We know intuitively that the right or wrong leadership can have a devastating impact on our associations. This is felt all the more at the chapter or component level. Yet putting our finger on the problem isn’t as obvious.
2010 was an exciting year for Mariner as we criss-crossed the country talking with association volunteers, leaders and staffs about the new models and new opportunities. I often referred to a favorite movie of mine "Back To The Future" because like that story, associations have an opportunity to reach into our past to prepare our future. Our roots date back to 1875 and what Alexis De Tocqueville noted then is even more true today: "In democratic countries the science of association is the mother of science; the progress of all the rest depends upon the progress it has made."
Leaving a sinking ship takes valor.
Spent time today with a wonderful seasoned volunteer who's taking a 2nd turn at the presidency. Yes, the chapter was sinking, but it's still taking on water. I learned three years ago, that allowing the ship to "sink" brought out volunteers who didn't step forward as long as I would handle "it". We in national positions need to give our long-term volunteers the right to "leave" and to acknowledge their valor. It's the only way to change the tide.
I started to write my own New Year’s post several times … you know the “resolutions list” or “advice on resolutions” or even the “big questions we need to ask ourselves” post. But frankly I’ve having too much fun (and truth be told creative sparks) from the ones I’m reading. So, here are the gems I found – hope you get a creative spark too!
One more option for a holiday message (one caveat this focused on the Jesus but also celebrates how how our channels have changed if not the message!: The Digital Story of the Nativity
I am one of this people who love to get holiday messages. I hang up all the cards I get. I play all the e-cards I get. From this year’s picks here a few stand-outs:
I love all the gift-giving ideas and especially those promising “frugal” and “cheap but classy.” Here are a few perfect (okay not all cheap!) for your fav volunteer or anyone on your shopping list.
It happened twice in one week - there was a huge elephant in the room that all the volunteers worked around during their meeting.
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