Dear League Leaders,
Yogi’s wisdom contains kernels of philosophy that can apply to League.
“If you don’t know where you’re going, you wind up someplace else.” This is a great argument for planning. If you are not going in a fixed direction, you will inevitably drift. A plan may or may not keep your League on track, but if you have a plan, at least you’ll know when you’re off track. That knowledge increases your chances of making adjustments before it’s too late. If you want to hone your skills in planning your League's future, be sure to plan to attend LWVUS Convention in Washington, D.C. in June!
“A nickel isn’t worth a dime today”. Keep your eye on the fiscal picture. Money is necessary in League. You can’t keep dues the same levels as 10 years ago when static costs increase unless you do significant fund raising. In developing budgets, put a dollar amount on in kind services. Look for a workshop on "money" at Convention too!
"90% of the putts that are short don't go in." I know how much time you spend doing League business. With all the work we do on trainings, councils, annual meetings, conventions, monthly reports, our Leader's Update, this Membership Moment and lots more, take another minute and share with your chairs and if appropriate, members. Don't collect information, distribute it! Whatever, you learn at this year's convention, be sure to share!
“The future ain’t what it used to be.” Yes, the future changes. That is, our notion of the future changes. As our assumptions change, our possibilities change. The more you can imagine, the bigger your League’s potential future. Hopefully, a changed future is a future with greater challenges and accomplishments.
“It ain’t over till it’s over.” Sounds dumb, but it’s not. Yogi spent his career in baseball. It’s one of the few games that does not depend on a clock. The game isn’t over after a ring of a bell. It’s over when the last play had been played, and until then, anything can happen. In League, as long as you haven’t given up, you have a chance to make it. No matter how difficult your road, you’re not out of play until you’re out of play.
At the simplest level, the leader is a leader because he or she can enable that group to deliver.