Posts filed under ‘Membership Recruitment’

Leadership is About Helping Other Implement Values

The values you hold determine how you evaluate action. Successful people are people who have accurately and consistently implemented their values. Leaders are those who have helped a others implement them. Normally this is a group who implement them together. We call this a successful company, congregation, school, or non-profit.

Many people cite a long list of values. A counselor, would say, look at what a person does; this is what they value. In a group, however, sometimes it is very difficult to implement values. The social structure of the group tends to be stronger than the moral will of the individual. That is why good leaders are priceless — they enable the mission to be met.

What values do you wish you could implement? Is your organization living up to the values you hold most dear? How well, then, is the group meeting its mission?

Would you like a confidential reflection on this; investigating your own practise of management and leadership> Would you like a structured conversation with your group? I can facilitate that meeting (meaning bring structure so the conversation happens.) Is there a particular value you feel your organization is not living up to, but you would like to find solutions for shift? Call me. We can get it done. 512-249-7629

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November 3, 2016 at 12:53 am Leave a comment

Membership Recruitment without Members?

Membership recruitment is of course a primary interest in all voluntary associations. Trade associations are no different. If you read books and go to seminars for trade associations and non-profits you would think that membership recruitment is conducted by tracking, that is, carefully recording statistics of visitor and new member activity. This is a bit like spending all your energy on discussing how to express the score of a baseball game and never picking up a bat. Scoring works only if it serves to improve the game.

Here are my 3 top rules for membership recruitment.
1. Make a human connection. Members, who like your organization, and invite people they know are your best method of obtaining new members.
2. Make a human connection. When a visitor comes to your meeting, put them with a warm, similar person, who will find out who they are and what they have come out to find. Notice, find out what they want, so you might be able to fulfill it. Do NOT treat them like another notch on the belt or legs pix on the fusilage!
3. Keep human connections by providing value. Run your organization for the benefit of members. Be sure that the members get what they came for. This will work far better than moaning and groaning that people no longer want to join. The best leadership is servantship.

Now, if tracking helps to make sure your organization is doing all of that, great. Notice, however, it is about people, not just recordkeeping! Happy recruitment.

July 30, 2015 at 10:32 pm Leave a comment

Relaunching into Helping Organizations Be More Productive

I am an expert in increasing productivity, both for individuals  &  groups. Perhaps uniquely, I am an expert on the social dynamics of organizations — organizations like a workgroups, churches, or  associations. I still will serve teachers and educational institutions, but I am expanding. Actually, I started with helping small businesses, churches, and denominations back in the 19990s. I just became very focused on the special requirements of early childhood centers since 2000. Now that I have retired from teaching at the collegiate level, I will have time to serve more people.

Please let me know what challenges you are facing. My recent training in coaching will add to my ability to help you be more productive at work. My greatest expertise, however, is understanding the social dynamics of a group, and then helping people communicate better in it, so as to be more productive toward meeting their mission. Perhaps no one else has the wide range of sociological, psychological, business, boardsmanship, and pastoral training and experience that I have. Sure, I can stand up and teach. I can make abstruse research clear, too. More importantly, though, I can help you see your own organization, and how to make it better. That is a great value.

For instance, if your association has fewer and fewer members every year, do you want a seminar on membership, or do you want research, coaching, and a seminar if necessary, that really transforms the culture so that you have more members every year?  If you have a manufacturing business where waste eats profit, do you want a seminar on communication, or do you want to find ways to improve communication so as to reduce waste and thus dramatically increase profit? If you have a large corporation, do you want one division in the habit of screaming at the other? Or do you want the competitive juices going into improved specs and increased sales? It may or may not take a seminar, but it will take some research, some coaching, and some communicating.

Isn’t it the value in organizational transformation to greater productivity, and not mere training hours that you want? 512/249-7629

May 12, 2015 at 3:23 pm Leave a comment


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