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Turn Around Your Struggling Chapter

Posted By Monique F. Berry, Saturday, March 10, 2012
Is your chapter struggling to:
  • Get people to join?
  • Show up?
  • Volunteer?
Whether you are just starting to see issues or in the midst of huge challenges, there is a way out. The struggles you face are a message that it's time for some growth.

Every chapter can be raised up - You just have to claim your POWER.


P = Pause

Take a breath. Others have turned chapters around. So can you. It is possible.


O= Own it

Take back your power by owning the current situation. Your lack of members and volunteers is not due to some external influence. Others are succeeding. How your board is currently leading is causing the challenges. People are voting with their feet.

When you own the situation, you can fix it. If you blame other people or influences, you sign yourself up for a helpless victim role. There is power in taking responsibility.


W = Work up a plan

Figure out what is causing the lack of results. Be kind to yourself - and get real. Imagine what could be if all was going as you wished.

Focus your energy. Determine one thing you can do to start some shifting so you can build momentum.


E = Educate and adjust

Analyze the skills needed to take your first big step - and get the training you need to be successful. Let go of the old nice-to-dos and focus on what matters.

As you start moving, watch for skill gaps and continue to train yourself and others.


R = Reach out

Let your members know what you are working on. Share your enthusiasm about what can be. Invite them to be part of the growth process.

Turning around your chapter will not happen overnight.

Yet, you can build some exciting energy to fuel your recovery by working the POWER process and implementing that first big step.

As your outreach to members grows and you share the opportunity for success, you will find your turn around takes on a life of its own.

You are no longer the sole saver of the chapter. Your chapter is embracing its POWER!

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