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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Eight of Clubs

What makes a group or organization successful?  Are there common characteristics needed for growth and productivity?  While we could name several things that are essential for a club to function, we will focus on one key element this week.  Members drive the agenda and put a face on the team.  Since we are dealing the 8 of Clubs, let's identify what the membership needs to do to contribute to the overall purpose of the group.

  1. Particip8
    1. Participation is necessary for your voice to be heard.  Your point of view is important.  Show up, listen up, and speak up to add value to the club.
  2. Innov8
    1. Innovation produces fresh ideas and new opportunities.  Whether the group needs to solve problems or provide a better service or product, there is always room for a unique approach. 
  3. Celebr8
    1. It is important to recognize the efforts and accomplishments of the team as a whole, as well as individual members.  Celebrations are designed to boost morale and allow everyone to relax and have fun.  Laughter, food, and games should always be on the guest list.
  4. Collabor8
    1. Collaboration strengthens the club because people are more accountable when they have  a partner.  This builds team unity and establishes a place for everyone.  It also allows people to learn from each other.
  5. Facilit8
    1. Facilitation is necessary in a group setting.  There must be order and structure for the team to function at its optimum capacity.  A basketball team needs a point guard, a football team needs a quarterback, and a symphony needs a conductor.  The facilitator is a key role that should be appreciated and supported.
  6. Negoti8
    1. Negotiation can promote goodwill within the club if the final decision supports what is best for the group.  Objectivity, civility, and compromise can pave the way for a solution that is acceptable to everyone. 
  7. Dedic8
    1. Dedication is an admirable quality to have.  When you are committed to something, you make time for it and give it the attention it deserves.  The bond can go both ways when dealing with clubs.  If you make your fellow members and the team a priority, they will do the same for you.
  8. Evalu8
    1. Evaluation requires use of your listening and observation skills.  Identify what is working well for the group and where improvement might be needed.  Measuring effectiveness on a regular basis will lead to adjustments that benefit individuals and the club.

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