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Organizational Success

Building a legacy through leadership and service.

Service is an integral part of leadership. Not only do student leaders have the opportunity to inspire and guide their fellow students. They can also model the importance of serving our communities, and giving to those in need. Someone who modeled this for me was my mother. Here is a story about her: It was […]

Words Make a Difference

  Recognizing people is one the most important parts of being a leader, and it’s also one of my favorite parts. Praising and complimenting others has always come naturally to me, and I love making people feel good about themselves. But the first time I remember my positive words really making an impact on someone […]

The Perfect Love Affair #PLA

      “Love is patient, and love is kind…” or so the story is told. There is a moment when you think about your personal love, and sometimes it leads to warm fuzzy moments or cold realities of the bad decisions you have made in your lifetime. We often find ourselves waiting for someone […]

Your story is good enough

I was asked in a recent interview, “What advice would you give to educators who want to inspire students?” In short, my answer was: Stop telling other people’s stories and start telling your own. Soapbox time. One of my BIGGEST speaker pet peeves is when I hear a speaker quote Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., […]

When does something become your responsibility?

“Ha! I told ya so!” “I knew that was going to happen.” “People never listen to me around here.” “That was so-and-so’s job.” “I was waiting for XYZ to happen first.” “Oops.” Ever heard any of these phrases before? Ever said any of these phrases before, out loud or in your head? The answer is […]

Leading with purpose

What do you think of when you hear the word “purpose”? Most of us question the purpose of life, our career choices, and even getting out of bed in the morning. But before we identify your purpose, let’s begin with the definition of purpose: Purpose – the reason for which something exists or is done […]

Old keys don’t open new doors

One of the biggest threats to organizational success are individuals who were part of a system or team when it was working in the past. Reason being, these are the first people to say, “This is the way we have always done it.” AKA, the leadership phrase of death. Sometimes, the most experienced person in […]

12 alternatives to meetings

It’s a fact: Many student organization meetings are lame. While there are many reasons for this disappointment, the biggest is usually quite simple: There was no need for the meeting in the first place. Meetings are best for tackling objectives that require real-time, two-way conversation. If all you’re doing is giving announcement after announcement, I […]

Three tips to network like a pro

by Pete Mockaitis It’s fun when your members know everybody who can enhance your organization. It makes you feel like elite peeps who know what’s up. But this is rarely the case; the average student doesn’t have Ellen for an aunt or the President as a chum. If you don’t quite know where to turn […]

What motivates the members of your organization?

Open up the conversation and get your leaders communicating with every member of your organization with Motivating the Middle. Let’s look at your organization in thirds. When we do this, we can start to realize that each third has different factors that motivate them For some, they just need to feel their contributions are being […]

It’s not Your organization, it’s your marketing

by James Robilotta What will your organization’s membership numbers look like this year? The whole student body is up for grabs! First year students are hungry to find anyone with similar interests so they can feel less alone. Second-year students who wanted to take their first year to “focus on academics, a/k/a figure out what […]

Three solutions to every dilemma by Pete Mockaitis

PETE MOCKAITIS believes that students have the power to make huge impacts on their campuses, especially if they take their student leadership challenges seriously. “There is no need to wait for ‘someday’ when it comes to leadership,” Pete said. “They are living leadership right now.” Pete authored the book The Student Leader’s Field Guide while […]