I have a theory.
The transformation from paper to digital. When a transaction happens with paper the person gives the recipient the paper the roles are well defined.
But now replace this transaction with a digital replacement. Many things are transformed and changes are plenty.
Problems are now about
1. How do I login?
2. How do I find what I am looking for?
3. After all that I got to print it out anyway?
Now what was I trying to do in the first place ?
When one changes a system it is also changing a culture. Changing the way things have been done.
This organisation has been built upon habits and practices – when such a change is upon us the change is massive.
Sometimes folk will go to their safe place and try and cling to the “old ways”. Folk will say its just the same but you do it this way now.
Imagine you have been right handed all your life and now you must only use your left hand for all writing. A life of habits have to now be re learned.
People will be defensive and not wanting to accept change, rigidly clinging to the known world and rightly so.
New folk that have no idea of this other universe are learning their way through this change as its all new. But they will see the relative chaos that is happening. They may not linger long
Some folk in anger and frustration will leave. Club rolls will fall.
There is light
Understanding the change is the way forward and the only way. We are in a car and there is no reverse.
Keeping the fundamentals going regardless. Human transactions with mentoring, buddying, keeping meeting agendas and systems going . Get on top of organising meetings . Sharing this role .
This is massive and not for one persons. All club members need to feel the weight of the this responsibility.
Allow the new digital savvy people and new members to help us all get on top of the new digital platforms.
Keep concentrating on the basics to get those classic habits going. Working up through small roles expanding oneself all the time.
Loyalty to the club to keep focus on the club.
Nurturing all of us as a collective to be proud to be a boater.
Enjoy the challenge of leading not following.
Look at the elephant and say “Lunch”