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Thanks, Sandy! Many more nuggets are marinating in my idea file!
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It has been a while since I have posted. So, rather than focus on a point of view on new club flexibility or (yet another) list of 5 ways to grow membership, I want to focus on questions. We seek answers. We seek best practices. We want to share what... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at Innovate Rotary!
PowerBall frenzy is high as people rush to buy tickets for an expected prize of over $1.5 billion this week. Get used to big prize numbers because PowerBall changed the odds of winning more small prizes and fewer big ones. What about your Rotary club? How are you tilting the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at Innovate Rotary!
It is a widely-held assumption that Rotary’s future rests on its ability to attract and engage younger members. Rotary training events, from district to zone, offer tips and insights on how to engage with Gen X, Gen Y (Millennials) and beyond. I have led some of those sessions myself. There... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Innovate Rotary!
I sometimes have a love - hate relationship with Rotary. I think many of us do. While we love the results of what we do, the path to results has some frustrating obstacles. So what? So we all owe it to each other to make it easier for our members... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Innovate Rotary!
I speak to a lot of Rotary clubs. One of my top pet peeves is when guests' and visitors' names are mispronounced. We can talk all day about our values, about the good we are doing halfway around the world, and we can use our Happy Dollars to share minute... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Innovate Rotary!
If you enjoy reading this blog, how about a little something for the effort - between now and Friday, April 25th? Saturday, May 3rd? After more than 100 posts here at Innovate Rotary!, it is moving for me to look back on all of the email messages of support that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at Innovate Rotary!
Have you ever read something that you wished you had written? I came across a post from Margaret Wheatley that fits that category. (Truth is, Meg writes a lot of things I enjoy so much that I wish I had written them.) Her inspiring and insightful post is entitled, simply,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at Innovate Rotary!
Hi, everyone, thanks for your thoughtful comments. I am not really proposing an "official" new 4-Way Test. Rather, my intent is to call attention to the particularly mean and destructive nature of SOME activity on social media among teens and tweens. @Scott, yes, these other verbs are essentially different ways of "saying" something. But in the world of a teen or tween, these are thought of very differently. You and I would not think of message-bombing each other's email inboxes, but it is a fun game for some. A teen might not think the 4WT applies - until we tease out the distinction. The 4WT is indeed solid. The key is getting kids to use it, think about it, make it part of who they are. Corinne, it sounds like you are already doing some good work in this area (check your voicemail for my message). I would love to hear what clubs are doing to expose more kids to the 4WT - and how they are doing it. Let's share resources and tools where possible so we can make it easy for Rotary or Rotaract members to engage with their local schools and youth groups to start a positive conversation.
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Mary, I like the spirit of that - "Is it fun for all concerned?" I am a big fan of Life is Good ( quotations and the shirts they sell them on. For kids, keeping it fun for ALL concerned is one of the challenges. One thing to consider is that we humans are pretty poor predictors of what will make us happy - as well as how long sad events will keep us sad. So that bias may lead us to underestimate the fun of something that involves challenging, difficult, hard work. Yet, experiences like those are often our most cherished and deeply meaningful. If curious, read some of the work by Daniel Gilbert. I am curious, in that light, what are some of the things that your club has found to be fun, that weren't seen that way beforehand?
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Thank you, yi shun. I like the Four Way Test for its simplicity and its power to bring many perspectives to a decision or an interaction. Now if we can all remember to apply it, even as we post, retweet and reply as fast as we all do! Paul, I agree - Herbert Taylor must have had some amazing instincts about human nature.
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We need an updated Four-Way Test, folks. It is no longer just about what we think, say or do. In the early 1930’s, Herbert Taylor wanted a way to save his company from bankruptcy. He decided to start with the ethical foundation of the company. His thinking and reflection produced... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2013 at Innovate Rotary!
How can Rotary grow membership and retain its members? An article in the January, 2013 Rotarian magazine explored whether new clubs are the path to membership growth. I propose that new clubs are not the complete answer. Instead, how can we capture the positive qualities of new clubs and bring... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2013 at Innovate Rotary!
I believe that if we want to really engage people to serve, we need to connect people to what they are passionate about. I have proposed this idea many times and find that whether the audience is a ballroom full of Rotarians or a conference room of corporate leadership teams,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2012 at Innovate Rotary!
My question is not whether you want your club to increase its headcount. I am asking what kind of culture you have in your club, especially among your leaders. Is it a fixed mindset or a growth mindset? Let me explain. I remember taking on the role of District Membership... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2011 at Innovate Rotary!
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Dec 1, 2010
I am in the thick of a client project, in which we are exploring the questions: Which "Moments of Truth" matter most to clients? What is the "Ideal Client Experience" at each moment? Where should we focus first to make the biggest positive difference at each moment? As I think... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2010 at Innovate Rotary!
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Mar 15, 2010
Yes, I am back - and with new energy. In fact, energy is a new theme, a new focus for me in Rotary. You can tell the difference between great clubs and others the moment you come in contact with them by their energy. Whether it is the first time... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2010 at Innovate Rotary!
Thanks, Kevin. I like the membership piece you put together. And indeed, for Rotary to thrive, we need to get new members engaged in the club quickly. And to do that, we need to shape and reshape clubs and club activities that will help connect people to what they are passionate about.
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Update: I received this comment via email: "I wanted to let you know I appreciated your blog post today on Innovate Rotary. I joined Rotary a few years ago at 24, and had to work hard to be taken seriously as a member of my club - it's hard in a rural club, when I went to school with the children of many of our members. It does get to be a bit much when you are constantly referred to as a generation or a statistic, and not as a person." Well said!
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UPDATE See this article translated for the folks in District 2241 - Romania and Moldova. Find it here: Great to know we have readers around the world here at Innovate Rotary!
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Thanks, Brendon. So based on what you learned in the last year and a half, what would be your top 5?
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Amy - By delivery partners, I mean churches, faith-based aid groups, faith based chairities, etc. I agree - the standard is how we conduct our meetings.
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