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Orange County's Android Community Group for Developers+Users Message Board ( LB1GH0=_ Administration not person-specific › (LTY9HS=member promise-keeper, an important group leadership position)

(LTY9HS=member promise-keeper, an important group leadership position)

A former member
Post #: 352
(LTY9LV=definition= an important job with the overall goal to motivate & insure members keep the promises & commitments they made to the group

  • (LTYCL6=an especially important job in a volunteer group where members aren't getting paid to do whatever they should so generally don't take it as serious as their paid work --unless properly encouraged by someone, what this job does)
  • (LTY9XM=This is minimal pure-leadership job. The doer does NOT need to be skilled in the subject of the group (though this can help) and does NOT need to figure out how to divide the work and who should be assigned what; the doer needs to just find important areas where a member didn't do what s/he agreed to do per job title and promises and motivate the member to (ideally get it done, or else lessen his/her promise/title somewhat so not to be breaking promises).)
  • (LTYDYU=My motivation for creating this position. I'm seeing smart technically-talented people volunteer IN-PERSON for group leadership positions but then when not in-person (as when we're setting up the next in-person meeting), then not responding on even the simplest related questions (as asking "What dates are you available to lead your event?", "What are your thoughts on this listing for the event you're leading? --which I made for you hear to save you time", "Can you make this event? Indeed especially as a leader we're counting you and it's actually for & about you?" --In the last weeks, I've gotten no reply to many of these!). And, while I'm not setting to do basic leadership instruction IN-PERSON (as the leaders won't read it on there own it seems), it's simply not possible (else difficult & expensive) that every leadership communication be in-person, given the group has have no money (as a standard job has) to pay people to show up in person to receive their communications & do their work; and what need even if we did have so such money to burn?! --as Meetup has enough to make the necessary communications free & a breeze plus properly record everything in writing --but ironically even these people (mostly programmers) don't seem to operate automatically when coordinated online, at least when it comes to group management. So this job is to give them the extra motivation they seem to need when it comes to people management & group planning.)
  • (LTYAFM=Where are these promises & commitments? How does one know what somebody else has promised so is expected & needed to do? On Meetup, all promises & directions are-else-should-be all posted on the group site where any one, especially another leader (especially person(s) doing this job), can see it, making it easy to spot what needs fixing here.
    (LTYAR2=The general commitments and promises of all members should be found directly else indirectly on the "read more about us".)
    (LTYAY6=Also every leadership position should have a job description posted directly or indirectly on the group site.
    (LTYAZY=For instance, for every meetup series/track, the event listings should tell who the leaders are and tell-and-or link to their responsibilities here.))
    (LTYB20=On event listings, a promise is made & made visibly by each person when s/he RSVPs (saying if they're attending or not). It's important that they do as they said they would, and especially if they say NO or MAYBE that they explain why to help know when & what redesign is necessary.)
    (LTYB4H=Ideally people should follow these posted directions & commitments without having to be told further, but definitely after they've been explicitly told by their superior(s).
    (LTYAJ7=The proper general way to explicitly notify 1 or a few Meetup members of something (as something they need to do) is to post Greet(s) on their profile, which is then instantly emailed to them plus kept on their profile for a good record for the sender & recipient & everyone of what was said.)))
  • (LTYA2M=(the member promise keeper) should work to insure every promise is kept proportionate to how important it to the group

    • (LTYA49=The more leadership a person as accepted by their title, the more important that s/he keep his/her promises to do his/her job here.
      (LTYA9S=For the Head leader(s), this primarily means that he/she follows the charter of the group, as detailed typically in "read more about us", including when necessary revising it and/or getting someone else.)
      (LTYABJ=For every intermediate leader and member, this means s/he executes the jobs that have been given them by their job description.)
      (LTYBYG=For an ordinary member, the most common promise problem are members who do not create-else-keep their profile to standard or show w/o RSVPing YES or RSVP YES but don't show.)
    • (LTYAL0=The more urgent a matter, the generally more urgent that its promises be kept.)
    • (LTYAM9=Therefore, the doer of this job can do 80% of it just by doing these simple things:

      • (LTYC3K=A day or more before any event the group is doing, read the event listing, then do these easy extra steps:
        (LTYGCO=for each leader expected to attend or coordinate (which would be all leaders if a General or Leadership or Board Meeting), read his/her recent Greets related-to-the-group, and insure s/he has done what s/he was expected to for the event (plus done anything else you find finds they were expected to do). And when you find something the leader hasn't done (which could be as simple as reviewing the event listing and RSVPing), post a Greet on their profile "Hey, it looks like you are to do ___ and the event's just 1 day away. How's it coming?". If they don't then do it or don't reply or if time is short, send an SMS or a phone call. By just hearing that you, another group member really care that they do this their job, and not just hearing it from the member's superior(s), the member is probably much more likely to do their job here. especially when they are a volunteer so it's not money but often hearing just that other people care that motivates them to do their job.)
        (LTYGOT=After you've handled the event leaders, as time permits, repeat the process for select members attending.
        (LTYGUN=Usually this would be just members that don't have a profile pic to standards (Greet "Hey, we'd like you be a member of our group and attend the upcoming event(s) you RSVPed YES for, but to do so, please bring your main profile pic to standards as posted on "read more about us". Thanks."))
        (LTYGXC=there are probably other situations, but I can't think of them now.))
      • (LTYIZ2=probably other easy things but this is enough for now)
A former member
Post #: 353

  • (LTYHOE=This new position is now open. We could really use at least 2 people in this role (a primary & a secondary).)
  • (LTYHOX=Incoming leader Donna, when I mentioned the need today for this to incoming leader Lucy, she immediately suggested you for this job. And indeed ~Oct 6th you said you were going to dedicate this next months learning Android coding and also dedicate to OCAndroid in leadership roles, hoping (as well as making you all sorts of connection & know-how in Android), OCAndroid would (and can) give you starter experience in leadership jobs (not just tech jobs), why you delightfully volunteered for the easy-to-run Beginner-to-Intermediate Meetups Leader #1 and why this job above would seem excellent from you per just what it says, a "minimal pure-leadership job" --and one we REALLY need. Well since you have time and are dedicated to our group and are mostly reachable I'd love you to do it. What are your thoughts?)
    (LTYIFN=Now, to alert Donna, I post on her profile:­ incoming leader Donna, due to your dedication to OCAndroid and general best reach-ability of all the incoming leaders plus your wanting some more real leadership training & experience, I've got a special new group title offer for you at­ :-) Just post your thoughts there. Thanks!
    Oct 31, 2011 8:59 PM
A former member
Post #: 420
(under construction)
(LWOY5N=Samples of doing this job.

  • (LWOY5Y=a greet such as follows
    Incoming leader Ralf­ ,
    *I see ur main group pic is now a comic drawing of u (same as ur­. How did this err happen? As all members required, within 7 days, pls restore ur main grp pic to­ ; as the profile Qs read,this is "required for all members at all times so required to join and/or attend. ..", and extra important now that u r to be a leader.
    *Also I await ur RSVPs per ur prior greet. Thx.
    (LWOY6L=Currently this still needs to be done by a promise-keeper)
  • (LWUH1T=a greet such as follows
    Ldr Donna­
    On 2111.12.24(Sat)2150 u unexpectedly changed ur RSVP2 NO for 2 events *u lead* (B2I Dev Training 4­ & Users Mtg 1­) & w/ NO explanation why. Giving no reason violates­ &concerned us, &not attending mtg 1 violates­ so made co-leader Lucy unhappy. Soon: How can these be turned to YES? Else update ur RSVP cmts 2include Why "NO". Thx.
    (LWUIEZ=Needs to be done by a promise keeper.))
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