There are a lot of ways of trying to make sense of and understand the chamber business.
We all have our sets of life experiences that help us to figure out the world we live in and our role it.
For me, it was being the owner of 4 retail stores over the course of 12 years. I learned all about banking, insurance, purchasing, human resources, strategic planning, patience, the weather and seasons, and a myriad of other factors that impacted a small retail business. I carried those lessons into the chamber world and they served me well.
I was recently reading a blog post by chamber consultant Annette Medlin where she discussed how her “addiction” to the Survivor series related to her current and former work with chambers.
According to Annette, “We are self-professed Survivor addicts in our house. While watching the season finale last Sunday, I was suddenly struck by the similarities to organization management, engaging membership and well, life in general! Take a look at these aspects of Survivor and apply them to what you do in your daily work,with your organizations, and strive to “survive”!!”
In the post she discussed the importance in chamber life of forming alliances, playing to your strengths, being tolerant and vulnerable, and perhaps most importantly, having integrity in all you do.
I suggest you read: Outwit. Outplay. Outlast. Is Your Organization A Survivor? by Annette Medlin of Membership180.