This training session (webinar) was actually quite creative using Angry Birds as its model. It seemed to be a perfect fit between the game and this leadership lesson.
Let me explain.....
Like the Angry Birds, we were taught to make the most of our birds (Lions). Not all Angry Birds were a good fit for the task at hand (clobbering the pigs). The point was, use the talents and skills of each of your members to benefit the club. A good example was one club had an important fundraiser but they weren't quite sure how to promote it. One member.... their "quiet" member.... the one that always sits in the back of the room and never speaks.... quietly raised his hand and said, "I can do a webpage." They had no idea he could do this. From there they had a successful fundraiser which raised $20,000! Use the talents of your members! Take the time to know your members and find out what their talents, experiences, and unique backgrounds are. You can then utilize them in places that will be most beneficial whether on projects, fundraisers or officer positions. And, just the opposite is true..... you don't want to put a bricklayer with no financial background as your Treasurer without proper training.... Just saying.... So take the time to find out what makes your members tick, what their hobbies are, what their interests are and see how they best fit in your next endeavor. Lesson One.
Lesson Two talked about how every bird matters. Some may need mentoring. Encourage Lions to explore opportunities beyond the Club level to the District or International level. Encourage them to attend conventions and forums. They expressed how important mentoring is.... Don't leave any member behind. No matter what.
Lesson Four: The importance of leverage. In other words, don't waste your time on a project that isn't in alignment with your club's objectives or that doesn't contribute to the purpose of the organization. Ask yourself, "is this the best use of our time and funds?" Leverage your time and energy towards your goals. It's also okay to drop an activity if it's taking up too much time or not worth the effort. Leverage.
Lesson Six was either try again or quit. It really is THAT simple. The only alternative to quitting is trying again. Thomas Edison said, "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. When recapping an event always counter a negative remark with a positive remark. Always.
Lesson Eight talked about the inevitable brick wall. Yep, we've all hit them! But sometimes it's from fear of change that is stopping us. Your team can create a new vision by scouting for solutions, communicating the vision to all, and give everyone a task to reach the goal.
Lesson Nine: The importance of Squawking. Yes, squawking. It's okay to squawk! Or in the case of Lions, to communicate. When working on a project, specify the desired results. Set guidelines (policies, procedures, ethical guidelines in which players need to act within). We talked about leaders in this section and referenced renown Stephen Covey on how to communicate. A natural leader has a conviction about him/her and their dreams. They lead by example. They push beyond the limit; that's how we grow.
Now, go play Angry Birds!