I am working with two professional organizations on a similar problem—the leaders do not feel the local chapters represent the image and message of the parent organization.
The problem is that in the last three years, as their members scramble to get business and survive, they lose touch with broader more theoretical missions of their organizations.
What about you?
- Have you upheld the message of your mission (and can you articulate what this message is – if not, read my Huffington Post article on Are You Serving a Calling or Feeding a Craving if you need some help)?
- Are you living the values you teach others every day?
- Do you know what image you display to others and does this image represent your highest values?
The two professional organizations feel compelled to outline terms of public engagement for their chapter leaders to ensure the integrity of their image is preserved. Whether or not it works for leaders to dictate this behavior in others, this is good practice for you on a personal level.
- What do’s and do not’s would you commit to in both your business and personal life?
- How will you hold yourself accountable?
- How will you deal with others who do not respect your boundaries?
In this age of Social Media where we are putting our thoughts out for the entire world to see, it’s even more important we are sure about how we want people to judge us (and they will) and what messages we present with our words as well as our deeds on all the social sites.
Every morning, before writing one word or choosing how to spend your time, ask yourself:
- Who am I being today?
- How will I present myself?
- What will make me most proud even when people disagree with or don’t like me?
Take a moment to share some of your do’s and do not’s here. Share your terms of engagement to help us all refine our lists. Who you are being will affect what you create and attract. Choose to act in integrity with your message instead of reacting to circumstances. This alignment is good for your soul.
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