All posts by JiLon Li

F21. Best Practices for Graceful Member Exits

Letting people go is a difficult but necessary part of the student leader’s job. When needed, it must be done quickly and with as little drama as possible. The benefit of building a strong evaluation system as explained in F.20 Evaluating Members is that you will be able to identify those members who are not ...

F20. Evaluating Members

Now that you’ve learned how to design a good policy, you’ll have to create a system that can track compliance. Evaluating members can be rather tricky, and the success of your system will depend in large part upon its clarity and fairness. That being said, evaluation of some sort is necessary for a successful organization ...

Recruiting: Initiation

Your initiation should be split into two parts: the big reveal and the trust ladder. The big reveal event is the first time you inform your applicants that they’ve been accepted as members. Below are two examples of two different types of initiation that I implemented  with my organizations. CS1 (Speech & Debate): I informed ...

Building Effective Policies: Execution

When implementing policies, keep them simple and apply them in a fair manner which maximizes your desired impact.

Building Effective Policies: Requirements and Planning

The policies or rules that you implement in your organization will influence the culture of your group and the actions of your members. Plan your policies well and you'll ensure smooth operations for your initiatives.

Categories and Rules of Rewards and Punishments

Creating effective group policies are vital for any strong student group. These "laws" will facilitate your organization's goals and ensure that everyone is being held to an equal standard. However, before we delve into that, we must first categorize our incentives and explain how best to use them. 

Reform, Change, and Goal-Setting

Reforms should be introduced at the beginning of the year. They should be specific, actionable, and based off concrete goals. The best change managers guide implementation and ensure buy in from all relevant parties.

Political Capital and Change Management

Political capital is the amount of goodwill you have. How you spend it will influence your ability to create change.

Emotional Intelligence: Motivation (Part II)

When designing your intrinsic and extrinsic motivators, there are two elements that you must consider: your school's culture and your organization's mission.

Emotional Intelligence: Motivation (Part I)

In an ideal organization, all members would be intrinsically motivated and would go above and beyond the call of duty. To accomplish this, you must learn how to wield intrinsic and extrinsic motivators.