Many of us have enjoyed the movie City Slickers, the tale of a group of friends seeking answers on a visit to a Dude Ranch. One of the key moments in the movie is the “one thing” speech by Curly, aka, Jack Palance. If you are not familiar with it, or would just like to revisit Curly’s thoughts on life, just visit this link. “Just One Thing” Like most good comedy, under the humor is a truth we cannot really deny. I had a similar experience recently with a number of my peers at the Service Club Leaders Conference.
This year, 16 service club organizations spent the weekend discussing the issues we all face, with the support and insight from a number of excellent trainers and speakers. We were challenged to consider what our “one thing” truly is. What is the most important thing we do? What is the one thing we do best?
As I work with the Board to define a plan for our 2nd Century of Service, these have become critical questions. So I have been thinking a lot about the question of the “one thing.” It is not an easy question, during 100 years of service Sertoma has grown and expanded in so many ways that defining a single vision or focus is a challenge.
Toward that end, we have recently been deeply involved in planning the new convention programming for leadership development. But the need for a defined and shared focus for the entire organization has become clear during this process. That work by the Board has me and staff considering in our role – what would be our “one thing.” At the top of the list was to provide the very best support, training and materials possible for our members. But how do we provide the best support for all our members if we don’t at some level share a focus?
I would not expect my jeweler to help me with a car problem, and I really don’t want my mechanic working on my creaky shoulder joint. If we are truly to provide the best support, we need to focus on what our members need. But to do that, there needs to be a shared focus among all members, which in turn will provide a reference for the training, materials and programs we develop.
This is not simple, but our ability to assure a 2nd Century of Service, build a brand, and grow this great organization will be based on what we share, not what makes us different. Your Sertoma Board is doing extraordinary work that will provide a plan for Sertoma and an example for the leadership of every club. I am excited to be part of this effort. Along with the rest of the staff, I invite every club and member to join this effort to launch a 2nd Century of Sertoma Service at our convention in April 2012.
Yours in Service