Leadership vs. Liarship in Campus Clubs and Organizations

A student’s leadership skills are developed through campus organizations, serving in the community, and other opportunities where they can stretch those muscles. But is liarship creeping into students’ officer and leadership roles? You are familiar with liarship: it thinking and believing that you are acting as a leader, when you … [read more »]

Meeting Essentials: Quorum, Voting, and Abstentions!

Oh, really, Dave? You’re doing a blog about quorums, voting, and abstentions? Yes, because many clubs and organizations may not know what these mean, how they work, or the impact on decisions they make. So, send this to them as a guide! Quorum: Quorum is the amount of members of a … [read more »]

Excellence Can Be Achieved by Every Student!

  “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” Vince Lombardi (1913-1970), Legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers “Ah, it’s good enough. Let’s just go with what we have.” Have you ever heard that? Have you ever said that? While it may be true … [read more »]

The Two Most Important Words in Any Campus Club or Organization!

The two most powerful words for any member of a campus club or organization are “I move.” Whether it is student government, the programming board, Circle K, the Gamers Club, or any other group, “I move” is where it all begins. It is how members get their say. It is … [read more »]

Keys to Serving When There is an Urgent Need

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey hitting Texas and other parts of the Gulf Coast, many people, groups, churches, organizations, companies, and schools have been mobilizing to serve those affected. Students are very compassionate and colleges and universities have a lot of resources to offer when there is a tragedy. … [read more »]

7 Keys to Student Leadership Customer Service

A lot of the speaking and training that I do is for student governments, orientation leaders, programming boards, and officers of clubs and organizations at retreats, leadership conferences, and in workshop settings. The information that I present and the questions that I am asked about campus leadership have helped me realize that it is important to … [read more »]

Keys to Helping Students Create a Vision for Their Organization

  Proverbs 29:18 – “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” OK, maybe nothing quite that dramatic will happen if the leaders of your campus’ clubs and organizations don’t create a vision.  But, they may not have as much fun if they have no idea where they are going … [read more »]

The 6 Things You Must Have on Your Recruitment Table

  Membership recruitment for campus clubs and organizations is a key component of success for the year. How the recruitment table is set up can go a long way to determining your success in getting new members. Here are the six things your recruitment table must have: A sign-up sheet: … [read more »]

Easy Ways to Use Parliamentary Procedure on Your Campus

An important topic in student leadership training is the use of Robert’s Rules of Order or parliamentary procedure. Many student leaders dread it, most are confused by it and some just abandon it altogether – which is NOT a good idea if you want to run better organizations.  I have … [read more »]

Winning Habits of Serving Leaders, Part 4: Listening

An old ad campaign used to ask, “Can you hear me now?” I wonder how many times in our daily interactions with people do we really hear what people are saying. We live very distracted lives between electronic devices with games and social media on them, to billboards that flash … [read more »]

Winning Habits of Serving Leaders, Part 3: Confidence

Ever since our daughter entered middle school a few years ago, my wife and I have been going to the Student Life worship service at our church in order to hear and experience the same message as her. We have some wonderful pastors and a lot of great students involved … [read more »]


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