We don’t have a knowledge problem; we have an execution problem.
This has essentially been my motivation over the past year. After Brookings hosted the SD state conference last year, we spent some time complaining about the lack of assistance from the state council. We felt they made a lot of demands, gave us very few directions or guidance and when it was all over, they got a larger percentage of the profits. And of course, we felt that wasn’t fair. Yet, when the state council asked for a volunteer to be that contact person, no one here stepped up. We also complained about the person who did step up — obviously she wasn’t the right person. But again, none of us stepped up.
Then I went to the national conference & heard the phrase I quoted above. And I’ve thought about it a lot over the past year. I’ve put it into action several times, most definitely with DisruptHR. I felt the tug of it again at the state conference during the state council meeting. We spent a lot of time talking about the future of the state conference. The consensus of the conversation seemed to be we all want to continue to host but we want more support from the state council. And it can’t be just one person, this has to be a team effort. So, I threw my name into the hat to help.
I’m tired of the aimless bitching. The complaining that nothing ever changes but no effort into actually making a change. The lack of understanding that you cannot expect others to make the change you want and that if someone else does make that effort, change will not happen over night. You need patience, perseverance to get to that change. And you need to step up.
I don’t know what will happen or even what my role will end up being, but I know that I need to be the change I want to see.