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1 Rotary Club President as CEO Presented by: Ken Solow

2 You Are Entering a Rotary No Spin Zone Our only goal is to best prepare you for your Rotary Presidency. Our only goal is to best prepare you for your Rotary Presidency.

3 This special ten (10) hour two (2) day exam is given each year to all Rotary Club President-Elects. The comprehensive President-Elect exam measures Presidential abilities in all aspects of Rotary Leadership and Management skills. This test demonstrates high levels of face validity, inter-rater reliability, and is statistically significant at the P>.01% levels. The latest ( ) pass/fail ratio was ROTARY INTERNATIONAL SPECIAL CORE COMPETENCIES TEST ( Version)

4 Rotary Club President as CEO (Three skills for a successful Presidency!) 1. Be a positive force for change in your Club. 2. Find, motivate, and teach the right people 3. Define your Clubs goals and objectives, set your priorities (short and long-term thinking)

5 What are your Club members hopes and aspirations for you? Based on a Ken Solow survey of 0 Club members. Tracking error of 100%. Dont screw up the Club. Dont screw up the Club. Dont screw up the Clubs programs. Dont screw up the Clubs programs. Dont embarrass us in front of the community. Dont embarrass us in front of the community.

6 How can you best meet your Clubs expectations of you? DO NOTHING!!

7 The Baltimore Sun July 2, 2009Special Edition SHOCK & AWE Dazed 7620 Rotarians Wandering the Streets New District Governor Frey No Comment From Wire Reports District 7620 – Eye Witnesses are reporting today that dazed and stunned Rotary District 7620 Club Officers and Lane Directors are wandering aimlessly through the streets after encountering the overwhelming force and vision of their new Club Presidents. Medical personnel are overwhelmed by the sheer number and severity of the cases they are treating. It was horrible, said one Lane Director while being treated for shock….. Inside: Special section on terrible aftermath. U.S. President to address Joint Session of Congress today.

8 Please rank the following in order of importance: Rotary Rotary Career Career Family Family

9 The forces of darkness and evil will oppose you with their most terrible weapon: We cant ask people to do that because this is a volunteer organization. We cant ask people to do that because this is a volunteer organization.

10 Ken Solow points to ponder: Are you planning on leaving your Rotary Club after your presidential year? Are you planning on leaving your Rotary Club after your presidential year? You will never have more influence in your Club to effect positive change than your presidential year. You will never have more influence in your Club to effect positive change than your presidential year.

11 Doing the math: Out of 30 Rotarians in any Club: How many will have good intentions? How many will have good intentions? How many will return your phone calls? How many will return your phone calls? How many will accomplish a task? How many will accomplish a task? How many are good managers/delegators? How many are good managers/delegators? How many could be your go to guys or gals? How many could be your go to guys or gals?

12 Build Your Organization Step 1: Find Your Go-To People 2-4 people you trust implicitly 2-4 people you trust implicitly Who wont let you down Who wont let you down Who will honestly tell you what you are doing right and wrong Who will honestly tell you what you are doing right and wrong People you can vent to People you can vent to Who you can have a beer with (iced tea) and just talk Rotary. Who you can have a beer with (iced tea) and just talk Rotary.

13 The Club President/CEOs Unique Role: Manage Your Managers Inspire Inspire Motivate Motivate Listen Listen Direct Direct Advise Advise

14 10 Rules for the Proper Care and Feeding of Rotary Club Lane Directors

15 Rule #3: Lane Directors (Committee chairs) Should Be Experts in their Lane There is a lot to learn about Rotary. There is a lot to learn about Rotary. Committee Chairs should know their craft. Committee Chairs should know their craft. Know where to find the resources to get help, i.e. R.I., District, Club, other Clubs. Know where to find the resources to get help, i.e. R.I., District, Club, other Clubs.

16 Rule #4: Have a Written Agenda. Organize their thoughts. Organize their thoughts. Crystallize their vision. Crystallize their vision. Easier to communicate to others. Easier to communicate to others. If it isnt in writing, it doesnt count. If it isnt in writing, it doesnt count.

17 Rule #5: Recruit. Recruit. Recruit. Recruit. Be enthusiastic – members will want to join. Be enthusiastic – members will want to join. Not done in Club Assemblies or by e- mail. Not done in Club Assemblies or by e- mail. Be able to articulate plans for the year. Be able to articulate plans for the year.

18 Rule #6: Delegate! Be an excellent manager. Be an excellent manager. Let other Rotarians share the joy. Let other Rotarians share the joy. Be a Type A- or, better yet, a B+. Be a Type A- or, better yet, a B+. We know they can do it better than anybody else. We know they can do it better than anybody else.

19 Rule #7: Think outside of the box. Try something different. Try something different. Be creative and innovative. Be creative and innovative. Steal ideas from other Clubs. Steal ideas from other Clubs. A good idea will live forever in your Club. A good idea will live forever in your Club.

20 Rule #8: Train Their Successor. No possibility of strategic success without continuity of management. No possibility of strategic success without continuity of management. If they recruit and delegate, successor management becomes obvious. If they recruit and delegate, successor management becomes obvious. More members equals more choices. More members equals more choices.

21 Rule #9: Meet Regularly With Your Club Officers. Share war stories. Share war stories. Brainstorm about what is working and what isnt. Brainstorm about what is working and what isnt. Focus on discussing Club talent. Focus on discussing Club talent. Make sure the Club is not confused by the different Lane priorities. Make sure the Club is not confused by the different Lane priorities.

22 Skill #3 Define Goals & Objectives, Set Priorities You will have all of the normal planning challenges: You will have all of the normal planning challenges: Membership Membership Meetings Meetings Fun Fun Fundraising Fundraising Foundation Foundation

23 …& Then You Have to Plan for the Big Surprise Each year RI has a new international theme. Each year RI has a new international theme. Paul Frey will be sharing it with you AFTER youve made your plan. Paul Frey will be sharing it with you AFTER youve made your plan. Know its coming! Know its coming!

24 Some Unexpected Good News…. You already have the beginnings of your plan. (Hint: What is the one thing you most want to improve about your club & your community. You already have the beginnings of your plan. (Hint: What is the one thing you most want to improve about your club & your community.

25 THE GOOD NEWS! Ken Solow opinion #416 You have 7 months to: You have 7 months to: Choose your people Choose your people Evaluate your Club Evaluate your Club Craft your plan Craft your plan Become the Clubs CEO Become the Clubs CEO

26 SOME BAD NEWS! ( Ken Solow opinion #642) Rotarys greatest weakness is the decentralized management of its Clubs. Club Presidents spend little time creating strategic plans, building their organization, finding and motivating people, and spreading our message to the community. Each Club has the complete freedom to fail. Rotarys greatest weakness is the decentralized management of its Clubs. Club Presidents spend little time creating strategic plans, building their organization, finding and motivating people, and spreading our message to the community. Each Club has the complete freedom to fail.

27 The BEST NEWS OF ALL! (Ken Solow opinion #643) Rotarys greatest strength is the decentralized management of its Clubs. There are virtually no corporate barriers to any one Clubs desire, determination, vision, imagination, and willingness to serve their community. Each Club has the complete freedom to succeed! Rotarys greatest strength is the decentralized management of its Clubs. There are virtually no corporate barriers to any one Clubs desire, determination, vision, imagination, and willingness to serve their community. Each Club has the complete freedom to succeed!

28 From Lee Ann Womack…. If you have the choice to sit it out or dance….I hope you dance.

29 Membership/Meetings/Retention

30 The Meeting Is A Show Scripted agendaScripted agenda DynamicDynamic EntertainingEntertaining Enjoyable for ALLEnjoyable for ALL Informative for ALLInformative for ALL Welcoming for ALLWelcoming for ALL

31 Entrance Where is the meeting?Where is the meeting? Clear signsClear signs Welcoming atmosphereWelcoming atmosphere GreetersGreeters InstructionsInstructions

32 Image Is the atmosphere warm?Is the atmosphere warm? Do members welcome strangers?Do members welcome strangers? Backs or fronts?Backs or fronts?

33 Meeting Dynamics Speaking in codeSpeaking in code Explanations of programsExplanations of programs Visitors talkVisitors talk Limit presentationsLimit presentations Keep it livelyKeep it lively

34 Sergeants Fun!Fun! VariedVaried EffectiveEffective Use the money for some purposeUse the money for some purpose Make it Interesting!Make it Interesting! Happy/Sad BucksHappy/Sad Bucks

35 Speaker Informative programsInformative programs Its a lot of workIts a lot of work Theme monthsTheme months Clear instructionsClear instructions Make it Interesting!Make it Interesting!

36 Out of the Box! Daily jokeDaily joke Daily toastDaily toast Daily thoughtDaily thought Make each meeting an eventMake each meeting an event


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