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Why Most Student Orgs Don't Work (& What To Do About It)™

Hundreds of reasons, three at the core. 

Most student organizations don't work because THEY AREN'T DESIGNED TO WORK. Between the over-extension of student leader involvement, 20% of members doing 80% of the work, and with the lack of clarity in vision and values, it's no wonder students and their advisors are frustrated year after year that their clubs and organizations aren't operating at their full potential!

The reality is that most student organizations have a distinct disadvantage when it comes to providing leadership development for their members and changing the landscape of the campus: they are run by students-in-training. Then pile on the fact that for most student orgs, inconsistent leadership transition causes them to start over year after year.

After 18 years of studying thousands of student organizations across the country and interviewing the professionals who advise them, we have discovered specific characteristics and flaws of these organizations. This seminar introduces students and advisors to the reasons behind these problems and sheds light on solutions that get to the source, not the symptoms.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students will...

  • Increase engagement and ownership to bring more energy to the organization.
  • Create an aligned culture where members focus on their strengths and interests.
  • Build systems for sustaining a legacy that lasts beyond leadership transition and graduation.

EVENT PLANNING TIPS

AUDIENCE: Current Student Leaders; Staff; Clubs & Organizations
DATES: All Year Long! It's ALWAYS a good time for Leadership Development!
DURATION: 3-hour Stand-alone Event; Keynotes/Kick-offs for retreats/conferences: 60 minutes
VENUES: Auditorium, Theater, or multi-purpose room with stage and high-quality audio-visual setup and space for activities. No gymnasiums.

SEMINAR SLIDE SUMMARY