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Conflicts : Why Should I Care? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Corina Mihaela Paraschiv   
Tuesday, 19 February 2008 18:29

         After its first year of existence, our Rotaract Club was facing a crisis; the members of the club complained that projects didn't launch and that schedules were never met.  The president argued back that we simply did not have enough resources to make it on time with that many projects.  Other members argued that without diversity in the choices of projects, no one would join the club in the first place.  Some signed a petition saying the president had too much of an autoritary style while others in the management recognized a democracy slowed down decision making and that views were too scattered for people to reach a concensus on many levels.  The club was not doing well and because of poor conflict management skills on all sides, the club almost fell appart.  Well folks, wise up, because there are winning ways to handle situations like that.

Culture Shock Revisited PDF Print E-mail
Written by Corina Mihaela Paraschiv   
Tuesday, 19 February 2008 18:22


            In the article “Going Abroad”, country shock and culture shock were explored through the equivalent of a U-shaped model; the fascination of going somewhere new, the sudden difficulties of being a foreigner, the sudden awareness that we are going back home, the joy of being back home.  In truth, after being away from home for such a long time, and traveling in several countries that had such a different lifestyle than mine, I realized heading back home would be just as big of a culture shock as it had been to come in.  Revisiting the notion of culture shock, we can gather a number of different ideas from specialists in the field. 


Will Culture Shock happen to me?

The Importance of Market Research to Non-Profit PDF Print E-mail
Written by Husen   
Monday, 18 February 2008 12:16

Are you involved with a non-profit organization?

Do you enjoy creating new projects?

Are you passionate about new and innovative ideas?

Congratulations, people like you are what keep society advancing and civilization evolving. But chances are you have either witnessed or gotten involved in a project that fell apart within a few weeks or months from starting it. Today I am calling upon you to take a few minutes and figure out why those projects failed and how to avoid losing too much time and resources on other projects in the future.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 February 2008 15:12 )
Is There a Recipe for Leadership? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Husen   
Saturday, 12 January 2008 16:44

“The Five Secrets of Successful Leaders”

“Ten Essential Tips for Leadership; follow them and people will follow you”

“How to Become a Great Leader”

“The Recipe for Successful Leadership”

In the National Library of Quebec, over half of the books in the leadership section carry titles similar to the ones listed above, and in their introduction, these books deliver a promise that by following the tips, or implementing the habits and strategies that are advised in the book you can verily become the next Jack Welch, or Steve Jobs. But is it true that every Dick, Tom and Harry can become great leaders if given the right recipe?
Last Updated ( Sunday, 13 January 2008 13:20 )
Leadership vs Entertainment PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stefan   
Thursday, 10 January 2008 16:02

Clubs, associations, and organisations in larger cities face the problem of recruiting new members and keeping the current members. This is an issue especially for non-profit organisations. There are several possibilities of spending free time: cinema, theatre, sports clubs, bars, museums and countless more. So why should somebody join a non-profit organisation? A leader has to answer this question for the club. A leader has to be in line with the goals and the culture of the club. This implies a large amount of passion and idealism for the goals of the organisation. But it does not mean that it is a conservative position. A leader has to see the environment of the organisation and has to change the politics according to the world around in order to make the most out of it for the organisation.

Motivating members is the key role of leaders in an organisation. Leaders feel and see when members become demotivated, when projects do not go into right direction and when members tend to miss meetings due to other important events. Motivation in this case is not about repeating the corporate goals over and over again. Ideals cannot normally solve problems which occur in every day life. If members cannot cope with basic assignments they rather resign than pushing themselves harder to meet a milestone. Leaders have to support other members when they notice problems in assigned tasks. It is hard work making people interested in something which does not return profit for them in a capitalistic sense. Members spend days on organizing events, helping others actively or giving services to others and the only outputs are often a “thank you” or a smile. If members do not identify themselves with the goals and ideals of the organisation, they are good candidates which are leaving the club in order to have more fun in cinemas or theatres.

These issues could easily lead to a change in the goals of the club by adjusting the goals in order to fit to the interest of a larger amount of people. Leaders could feel to be forced to make a big show for members. This is basically hard to keep in everyday club work. It is becoming really difficult if the leaders have to trade the survival of the club versus the club culture i.e. the real goals of a club. Here, the limit of leadership can be seen because leaders cannot control everything. Leaders cannot generate motivation out of nothing. They can only find it and raise it. The board of an organisation has to evaluate as often as needed the atmosphere in the club, it has to adjust to the members within the limits of the club principles and has to take actions against people who undermine the club culture. This must not be set equal to a person who is criticising constructively. It is probably the most difficult work for the leaders when they have to judge such an issue but dealing with this problem has to be done as soon as it is noticed.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 January 2008 00:27 )
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