Monthly Archives: September 2009

The Mystery of Free


Newspapers have struggled in Ann Arbor.

  • The Detroit Free Press dropped to twice a week.
  • The Ann Arbor News totally died.
  • (replacement) is not my cup of tea.

The Ann Arbor Journal was a delightful discovery.

  • Delivered once a week.
  • For free.
  • Interesting articles.

I was hooked.

  • Thursday (delivery day) became my favorite day.
  • Enjoyed greeting evening.
  • Reading the Journal on my porch.

This past week that all changed.

  • We didn’t get a Journal.
  • In spite of looking in the bushes.
  • And under the cars.

The implications of free were frustrating!

  • I didn’t have a right to call and complain.
  • No one would drive a replacement over.
  • The free paper was a gift – not a commitment.

On Sunday I learned the rest of the story.

  • James got home from Chicago.
  • I complained about my missing paper.
  • He told me he brought it in before he left. UGH!

Mystery solved!

Make me think of chapter leaders…Will anyone complain if your chapter disappears?

The Lazy Leader Road Show is About to Start

   Will you join us?

How are things going in your chapter?

  • Do you have a surplus of volunteers?
  • Do you have a strong pool of future leaders?
  • Do you have new members eager to join your chapter?

If you answered “No” to any of these questions, the Lazy Leader Transforms America – One Volunteer at a Time! tour is calling your name.

  • This fall I’m going to 10 cities across America.
  • Giving them a 2-hour Lazy Leader training program.
  • To help their volunteer leaders build strong chapters.

It’s my community service effort to help America get back on its feet.

  • I’m donating my time.
  • Local chapters are hosting.
  • It only costs $10-19 to attend!

Here are the Lazy Leader Road Show tour stops:

  • Sept. 14 – Nashville/Murfreesboro, TN
  • Sept. 18 – Raleigh, NC
  • Sept. 30 – St. Louis, MO 
  • Oct. 3 – San Francisco/Marin, CA
  • Oct. 5 – Billings, MT
  • Oct. 9 – Madison, WI
  • Oct. 11 – Minneapolis/Otsego, MN
  • Oct. 16 – Boston, MA
  • Nov. 7 – Tucson, AZ
  • Nov. 14 – Santa Monica, CA

Can you join us?

  • It’s going to be an amazing two hours.
  • You’ll learn simple strategies you can start to use right away.
  • Get registration info at

Not stopping in your area?

  • Bummer.
  • I will miss you.
  • (Maybe your association will book me to speak at an event.)

Can you help me?

  • I’m trying to get the word out to anyone who wants to get more volunteers involved.
  • Do you know leaders in those cities?
  • Can you please let them know?

Together we’ll transform America – one volunteer at a time!

Makes me think of chapter leaders… what is your chapter doing to raise up your members while budgets are tighter?

Inspired by Glee

   I’m in.

Last night I watched Glee.

  • It’s a new TV show about building a glee club in high school.
  • I’m a sucker for those kinds of shows.
  • (Can’t wait to see the new Fame movie either.)

I sang for several years growing up.

  • Was in a competitive choir.
  • Ensemble groups.
  • And church choir.

Glee brought back many fond memories.

  • It made me smile.
  • Miss the joy of singing.
  • And the fun of being on a musical team.

So I’m signing up for Ann Arbor’s Civic Chorus.

  • It’s a pretty sophisticated group – tryouts required.
  • I sang with them about five years ago for a season.
  • Then I started my MBA – and reality hit.

Singing with Civic Chorus is a bit of a trip.

  • I used to sing alto but can now sing as a lady tenor.
  • Shifting to bass clef is a challenge for my sight reading.
  • And demands total focus in the moment.

In other words, it’s also a fabulous time out from my regularly scheduled life!

(First concert in December. Anyone want to attend?)

Makes me think of chapter leaders…how do you take advantage of pop culture to attract more members?

“Your Vote Requested” is the New Spam

   Please stop.

Crowdsourcing is the sexy name.

  • It’s simply old-fashioned polling.
  • Vote on your favorites.
  • Decide which person/idea/thing wins.

It picked up speed with reality shows.

  • Vote for the best.
  • Decide who leaves.
  • (Like my one vote really matters.)

TV voting was okay.

  • I chose to watch the show.
  • Didn’t have to pick up the phone.
  • It was a pretty non-invasive experience.

No more.

  • Now crowdsourcing is everywhere.
  • It’s the hottest new way.
  • Vote today!

Examples from my inbox…

  • Here are 10 things that might be on sale Saturday, vote for top 5.
  • We are planning our magazine, vote for your favorite topics.
  • And the almost hourly requests for votes for a week from multiple folks trying to be picked to speak at SXSW.


  • My inbox overflows with requests to vote.
  • The novelty of crowdsourcing is dying.
  • (If not yet, soon.)

I need a vacation from crowdsourcing!

(Shall we vote on where I should go to relax?)

Makes me think of chapter leaders…how do you know when it’s time to shift gears with your members so your communications don’t become spam?

Space the Final Frontier


This weekend I finally saw the new Star Trek movie.

  • James had been begging for a while.
  • He loved it and I thought I would too.
  • I was skeptical.

Basically Star Trek got a new life.

  • It was the same Star Trek.
  • And it wasn’t.
  • Much more than just a remake.

More like a new chapter.

  • New actors in classic roles.
  • Guiding principles honored.
  • And ability to go where they had never gone before.

James was right.

  • The movie had me emotionally hooked within the first five minutes.
  • And crying at the end.
  • The in-between stuff was interesting too.

When the movie was over, I wanted more.

  • Me, who was definitely NOT a Trekkie.
  • Considered the original Star Trek outdated.
  • And would rather watch paint dry.

With this new crew and updated world, I was sold.

Makes me think of chapter leaders…what would a little updating do for your chapter?

Leadership Fun for Labor Day Weekend

   Why not?

The holiday weekend is calling…

  • Family and friends.
  • Fishing?
  • Fun.

It’s also a great time to prep your leadership skills for this fall!

  • That’s fun, right?
  • Of course it is.
  • Here are simple three things you can do.

1. Join the Chapter Leaders Playground.

  • The $50 membership is FREE this weekend.
  • Listen to the archived “Delegating for Outrageous Results.”
  • (Actually, you can listen later – just make sure you join this weekend.)

2. Get Your Lazy Leader On.

3. Register for the Lazy Leader Road Show Tour

  • I’m doing 2-hour public seminars this fall – to transform America.
  • Price to attend only $10-19/person!
  • It’s a two-minute action with major potential.

Now that your leadership skills have moved forward at least a little, go kick back and have a fab Labor Day Weekend!

Makes me think of chapter leaders…how do you help make it easier for your members be more successful?

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