Washing the dishes
How much of your time is spent forcing people to come to meetings, rallying people to show up to events, begging people to give an hour here and an afternoon there? Then come the attendance lists and the penalties for skipping mandatory events. Maybe you have an elaborate points system to incentivize showing up.
Usually it means angrily texting your members 10 minutes before an event, demanding that they get their asses to the Student Center immediately.
Leadership can start feeling like running the attendance office at an elementary school.
For many organizations, the answer is fewer, more meaningful events and meetings. It’s about giving members opportunities to come together around a shared interest or mission, on their terms. It’s about making sure that meetings and events have at least some element that members enjoy.
Washing dishes is no fun. Washing dishes with your family members after Thanksgiving dinner, and laughing your butt off while sharing a couple bottles of wine can be. Right?
When you want to be somewhere, you bring a better attitude. When you enjoy something, you want to do it again. That’s why they do Homecoming every year.
What are you doing to inspire people to want to come together?
That doesn’t mean that every gathering is a party. That mandatory training on risk management might not be what everyone wants to do on a Tuesday night. But, you can add some fun to it. Think. Be creative. What can you do to turn a potentially lame experience into something surprisingly cool?
How can you lead your members so that they know that, at a minimum, they’re going to have a good time together? No matter what happens, they’ll be glad they spent time with each other. How can you make washing the dishes fun?
With or without the bottles of wine. That’s flexing your leadership muscle.
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