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Presentation on theme: "UNDERSTANDING THE FOUR ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF CLUB VITALITY."— Presentation transcript:


2 Toddler Adolescent Adulthood Maturity Old Age Health Death Basic Life Cycle Time Infancy

3 Health Life Cycle of Rotary Clubs and many other organizations Time

4 Health Basic Concept Incline and Decline (Rise and Fall) Time

5 RECLINE Health Change in Orientation Time RENEWAL

6 Health is important  Healthy People feel happier, make others feel happier, handle stress better and accomplish more.  A Rotary Club is really just a group of people. And it may be healthier if its people are healthier, or not. The club is a social SYSTEM with a lot of people characteristics. The system can be healthy or it can be sick.

7 George Bullard and others…  Studied churches and observed that life cycles of churches are related to 4 characteristics or elements. The mix of these four elements directly affects health and vitality.  Rotary Clubs appear to follow the same patterns

8 The Four Elements of Club Vitality  Vision  Relationships  Projects  Management

9 VISION  Passion  Future  Goals  Leadership  Core Values  Why are we here?  MOTIVATION

10 Relationships  Family of Rotary  Character of the club  Caring and Sharing Heart  Compassion  Nurture  Mentoring/coaching  Inclusiveness, welcoming quality, hospitality

11 Projects  Engage the club’s vision with relationships to turn good intentions into acts of service that reflect the values of the club

12 Management  Administrative infrastructure that allows vision to engage  Communication protocols  Reporting  Organization and Empowerment  Financial

13 V R P M Health V R P M VRPM Concept (Vision / Relationships / Projects / Management) Time

14 Motivation: On what side of the hill is your club?  Incline – Visions of what a club can become  Decline – Visions of what once was  But a club can’t go back in time  A club can positively go forward if it is willing  But can it handle the stress?

15 Without Vision  “…the people perish…”  No change  No stress  No exciting future  No raison d'être  Things are smooth and predictable  The club heads towards death

16 Without Relational Health  Disconnected club  No family sense  No belonging  No appreciation for a job well done  No encouragement to aspire  No reason to join, and no reason to stay  Never missed

17 Without Projects  “old boys club”  Lots of talk, no action  Begin to believe that a rotary club is one that knows how but isn’t expected to actually do  Discomfort becomes primary fear, yet the comfort itself becomes distasteful

18 Without Management  Unnecessary mistakes happen  Leading to unhealthy stress  Blaming  Distrust of the leadership or of any innovative idea  Even good innovations don’t attain great results, nor great participation  Volunteers are more difficult to get

19 Healthy Balance  Need a balance of ALL 4, ALL healthy  Sometimes leaders need to emphasize one or the other… (see later sessions this afternoon)

20 V R P M Health V R P M VRPM Concept (Vision / Relationships / Projects / Management) Time

21 Resistance  What causes resistance  V initiatives always lead to some resistance – apathy or non-participation is the last resort of the powerless  The goal for V leadership is to make maximum use of R and M  Use R-building techniques to develop the initiative and to carry it out  Use M-tools such as communication and financials and timeliness

22 Leadership  Every leader has a personal orientation or preference. (Think about the political leaders right now.) Each person, generally, has a driving preference and a supporting preference.  What is your primary strength?  What is your secondary strength?


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