The Organization is Lost
Saying for the Day: You can do it my way or get lost.
The problems Betty is having in her TOPS group caused me to raise this question. “Why do people who belong to helping organizations lose sight of their purpose and get caught up in rules or other things?”
I have seen it happen over and over in all kinds of organizations .It happens in churches, in weight loss groups, in veteran’s organizations, in support groups of one kind of another, and even in youth groups.
The constitution becomes more important than the purpose. Rules and forms take precedent over the needs of members. Budgets and raising money leads to doing things that are contrary to the purpose and even detrimental to the purpose.
How does this happen?
How does a group go from one that deeply cares about people to one that cares more about using the right form, or raising money?
How does a group go from a family with shared responsibility to one where people look for power positions?
When it happens is there any way to get them back on track?
I think that every group needs to gather its members together once or twice a year and ask the question. “why are we here?” “What is our purpose for belonging to this group?” “ How do we meet that purpose?” “What are we doing that prevents us from meeting our purpose?”
It might just be enough to get the group back on track.
Or else join a different group.
9400 spins without a prize. Old Hapless is wondering if there are others out there that are playing the IWON.com slot machine. If there are he wants to know if you have ever won. Does anybody win at IWON? You would think that 9400 spins he would have at least won the $5.00. Does anybody ever win the small prizes? Are they just for show? When you lose a lot questions like these begin to arise.
Well Uncle Wiggly lovers if Old Hapless doesn't discover all kinds of IWON winners and thus causing him to be to sad to blog. We will be back tomorrow with another chapter of " As the World Spins".
I went and had blood drawn this morning for tomorrow's Dr.'s visit. Betty just went to TOPS and I'll worry till she comes home. Betty came home, much relaxed, having given up her volunteer position as weight recorder. She built a general store with some really creative stuff inside. I worked on the little details for the main street. Well I need a breathing treatment.