Category: Notes

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. 

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.

Hazing and the Initiation Process

Hazing is irresponsible and abhorrent. It should be avoided at all costs.

Inclusion & Diversity: Speaking Truth to Power

I stood up to the CEO of a Fortune 500 company because I believe in equality of opportunity. In that moment, I shifted the values of the company. We must fight for inclusion and diversity in student organizations, because the values we promote in college may shift the values of America.

Internal Event Flexibility

When planning internal events, it's important to be flexible. Assumptions that you make before an event can be incorrect; circumstances during the event may shift; takeaway lessons from a completed event may become more or less accurate as time passes.

The Why of Student Organizations

The person who knows “how” will always be dependent on the person who knows “why”. Great student leaders understand the reasons behind actions and initiatives. By understanding why something is being done, you can begin to build a strategy for implementation. But before we analyze specific strategies, we must first consider the foundational why. Why does your organization exist?

How to Start from Nothing

Sometimes you start with nothing. You have no funding, no contacts, no members. So, how do you build something from nothing?