It is that time of year when you start planning for the next semester. Obviously, part of your planning will be setting goals for your fraternity. Below are some characteristics your goals should have:
I was awarded the most outstanding brother of the year by both my chapter and my national fraternity. I was also awarded my university’s fraternity man of the year. Winning those awards was easier than you think, and I want to share with you my secrets on how I was selected.
Many of you have just won your e-board elections and are ready to assume the leadership of your fraternity next semester. I hate to be the one to tell you this, but you will not succeed if you merely do what is expected of you.
Being a leader in your fraternity requires you to lead by example. However, just as important is showing leadership when no one is watching.
Randy Moss is probably the most talented wide receiver to ever play football. He is more gifted than Jerry Rice and all the other NFL greats. However, he has a critical flaw which prevents him from being the best.
Has your fraternity ever held an election for a position, and no one wanted to run? Chances are, your fraternity ends up talking someone into the position, and they do a terrible job because they didn’t want to do it in the first place. If this has ever happened to you, have you ever stopped to think why this situation occurred?
There is a conversation that happens a couple of times every day. A group of friends are together and they ask each other “what do you want to do?” Or, they ask “what do you want to eat?” Inevitably, the group ends up doing the same thing they have done a hundred times.
Blockbuster has declared bankruptcy, and Barnes and Noble are not far behind. These business giants from just a few short years ago were not able to adapt to the changing climate around them. As a result, they are nearly dead.
I have been an admirer of TJ Sullivan’s work for a long time. It was an honor to write this guest article for him.
I caught up with a fraternity brother last weekend. We were reliving the glory days and were discussing how successful our friends (both fraternity brothers and independents) in college became. And a strange realization happened.
There are only four types of officer. First, there are the lazy, stupid ones. Leave them alone, they do no harm…Second, there are the hard-working, intelligent ones. They make excellent staff officers, ensuring that every detail is properly considered. Third, there are the hard-working, stupid ones. These people are a menace and must be fired at once. They create irrelevant work for everybody. Finally, there are the intelligent, lazy ones. They are suited for the highest office. – General Erich Von Manstein (1887-1973).
Here is the situation – a fraternity brother does something stupid. The fraternity is upset, and there are a group of guys who want to have a judicial board meeting to hold him accountable. Of course, the logic is that will solve the problem.
It is an all too common reaction to blame the previous leader for the current challenges your fraternity is facing. Don’t fall for that trap!
At one point or another, every chapter of every Fraternity has become all too familiar with a general sense of apathy from an overwhelming number of its members. The leaders that are forced to run a chapter that is caught in such an epidemic will attest to the hell entailed.
Here’s a thought on how to reinvigorate your chapter, unite your brothers, strengthen recruitment, and impress your (Inter)national Headquarters: Values Congruence.