This tool enables clubs to evaluate their needs. It considers the opportunities and constraints and the support possibilities.
This tool enables clubs to evaluate their needs.
It considers the opportunities and constraints and the support possibilities.
Willing and able:
Sponsor and exemplify clubs that are willing and able to help them further their membership and club development as a whole. This includes but is not limited to:
- Through Visioning seek to establish how they can build up their profile and sustainability
- Encourage participation of club members in District teams
- Develop plans with them to exemplify their successes
- Create latitude for becoming more flexible and innovative
- Inspire creativity
- Mentor other clubs
Willing but unable:
Educate and support clubs that are willing but unable to find ways to grow their club. This includes but is not limited to:
- Practical workshops.
- Provision of resources to aid activity.
- Work with clubs to develop plans that they can fulfil to grow membership.
- Use the “constraints & conditions for attracting members” sheet – see below.
- Link the “Willing & Able” clubs to mentor these clubs.
- Building a relationship with the MDR Team member[s].
Able but not willing:
Encourage those clubs that are able but not willing to use their resources and members to grow their club. If that does not work after several tries, move to “situational persuasion” to express opportunities. This includes but is not limited to:
- Seeking to understand their interests to establish that they can see the opportunities that they could benefit from and encourage through a “hearts & minds” approach.
- Determine the WIIFM factors to encourage the blockers in return for a “buy-in”.
- Establish what value they place on growing their club and capitalise on their perceptions.
- Seek agreement on an action plan of mutually agreed actions to grow the club.
If repeated attempts to implement an action plan fails to achieve results move to “challenging” them on their approach and behaviour asking them “What are you going to do about your issues” passing ownership of the problem from a joint “between you and them” to highlighting possible outcomes and legacies.
Unable and unwilling:
Those clubs that have shown that they are consistently unwilling and unable could be left alone unless there is a clear way forward.
- Ignoring in the first place is a time efficient strategy for the MDR / Visioning Team[s] and unless there are a significant number of clubs in this frame leave them alone.
- Confrontation is only likely to be appropriate if there is no other course of action and the situation is beyond acceptability
- The New Club Formation/ MDR team to build another club in the area
- When time allows explore the reasons for this position and establish that this is the whole club position and not just a few dominant members
- Seek alternative solutions to Rotary in that community - ie another club setting up a Satellite or create a voluntary group like Rotary Community Corps
Here is a simple A4 landscape form to consider your club's "Constraints and "Opportunities"
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