But that's just me...
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Posted by: Kevin Berchelmann
profession is made up of a bunch of weirdoes.
Ok, that may
be a bit judgmental, and harsh; how about "Our profession is comprised of
people with myriad professional backgrounds, personal characteristics, and
motivations; it's an amalgam of a cross-section of the organizational world
coupled with the independence necessary to advise senior leaders on business
initiatives, directions, and solutions."
I think the
"weirdoes" comment was simpler, but I'm trying to get in better touch
with my sensitive side...
I bring this
up to showcase how difficult it is to get a bunch of fairly independent weirdoes
unique individuals together in a common situation—since there's frequently
little we have in common, other than our chosen profession and the businesses
with which we work.
of course, to the challenge in providing universal value, through Chapters and
National, to this group. It's tough.
I know in my
Chapter—IMC-Houston—we almost disappeared entirely. It's taken the focus, work,
and dedication of a few of those "weirdoes" mentioned above to haul
it back to viability. The future is still a bit uncertain, but we seem to be on
the right path.
I say that,
to say this (...and I love using that phrase): When discussing Chapter value,
"You get out what you put in." No, I'm not dismissing the
responsibilities of locally elected Boards to do the right things –
organization, communications, member inputs, etc. They are all true, and must
form the foundation.
however, it's up to each of us—as members—to both create value in the
Chapters as well as receive value from attending. Your boring
discussion-bunny-trail is someone else's "learning of the week." A
casual conversation while networking may be the basis of a long-term,
successful, professional (or personal) relationship. The speaker topic may not
be the most interesting to you this month, but your attendance makes the event
more vibrant and engaging for those who see the topic as a necessary and
aren't entities. They are simply the amalgam mentioned above. A structure
without substance. They need members—active, involved, vocal members—to succeed
in any measure.
active, involved, and vocal in your Chapter? If so, you have my sincere
appreciation. If not... why not?