Re: [AmateurRadioLeadership] Bribes or Rewards?
- On 5/3/2012 2:32 AM, Ed Greany wrote:
> I don't consider it a bribe. .... It is merely an incentive.OK... let's not call it a "bribe"...
Instead, we can euphemistic dub it a "motivator"
or "incentive" as you suggest ... But, a rose by any
other name is till a rose. And it seems you persist
in claiming you must offer such an incentive in order
to muster sufficient troops to complete the task.
Sure... let's call it an "incentive" - but it does not
change the substance of your position - you say you
gotta pay 'em to get 'em to participate.
I see this as a distinction without a difference.
> Of course we have other activities too to attract members to attend ourWell... the prospect of winning $20 does not make it
> Meanwhile, I've tossed out my 2-cents so what is your answer to get
> members to your meeting. Oh, and Richards, it's a chance of winning $20
> if you attend.
for me. When working, I earned that in about 6 minutes,
so you gotta do better than that ! ;-)
But I might come if the meeting was INTERESTING, and
if you offered an interesting program and it appeared
worth my time to attend. The prospect of ... maybe...
possibly... winning the 50/50 drawing does not work
for me. Besides, the better the incentive works, the
worse the odds of winning becomes. ;-)
I am likely more cynical than most. I don't think
you can effectively retain members in any organization
unless they are (or become) personally invested in
ITS MISSION. By this I mean members my be personally
interested in the organization's objective - which
gives meaning and purpose to its activities. If members
are not personally invested in the mission, its programs,
its activities... they will quit. If they are not truly
interested in its MISSION and PURPOSE, then the
organization will wither and die. And it SHOULD...
why would anyone maintain a club and pursue a cause
nobody else cared about?
Of course, I am NOT saying anything about YOUR club
in particular... I am speaking about clubs in general.
If members are not excited about what is going on,
then we would expect them to quit.
I think you are putting too much stock in your incentive
program. I doubt the prospect of winning a tank of gas
is sufficient motivation to keep members involved for
any appreciable time. If I am mistaken about this, you
must, ipso facto, admit your programs and activities fail
to generate sufficient interest to carry the day on their
own, and concede they only come for the prospect of
winning the prize.
Consequently, I would minimize the incentive program,
in favor of improving program quality, scheduling more
interesting and appealing activities, and better promotion
of the mission. I would be embarrassed to say members
of my club remain active, not because they are invested
in its mission and purpose, but for the prospect of winning
a bit of cash.
I think you're selling your club short and suspect your
programs and activities are more interesting and appealing
than you let on. I suspect your members are more
invested in its mission and purpose then you let on.
If not... and you are really claiming you retain members
or they are motivated to participate, solely because of
a cash incentive... then you should fold your tent and
go home. If they are really doing it for the money...
well... you get the point.
What would I do... I would be following Tom B's advice
and getting to know my audience better.
Just MY take. Your mileage may vary.
Hey... this is a GOOD discussion in any case ! This really hits the
heart of the matter - just how DO we motivate the troops to serve ?
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