Instead of looking at the
negatives, focus on the positives.
For example, let’s say a specialty
chief has to back out at the last
minute due to personal reasons.
Don’t complain about it. Find a
solution and use this as an
opportunity to train somebody
new. Can’t get enough entrants to
make the budget work for a Club
race? Find another organization
to share track time with for the
weekend. You might find a
lifelong partner for future events.
Look for win-win scenarios. Make
a negative a positive.
Now that you’re enthusiastic
and positive, the next step is to
share your vision with your
team. If you’re an event chair,
Executive, your team may be the
board and the general
membership. Invite everybody
on your team to share your
vision and to be part of
something great. Infighting and
egos can’t get in the way.
Here’s the hard part. How do
you deal with negative people?
The short answer is, they can’t
be a part of the team. Pull them
aside and talk with them and
explain your vision for the team.
Then listen to what they have to
say. At the end of the
conversation, if the negative
people won’t become positive,
then it’s time to let them go. Yes,
we are a volunteer organization,
but it is imperative that we don’t
let negativity bring us down.
Being around happy, positive
people makes other people feel
happy and positive, too.
Let your team know you care
about them. Nurture relationships
by listening to your team. Make a
connection on a personal level.
Most volunteers would rather be
recognized on a personal level
than earn a reward. Nurture
those relationships and help
your team grow as volunteers.
Show me an event with four
corner workers on a station and
I’ll show you a Region that really
cares about people.
Being a good leader takes work.
Lead with a purpose to keep
things fresh to avoid the mundane.
Once your team knows your
purpose and shares your vision,
you will find that they will do
anything for the team. Do this
and you will never have a
problem finding volunteers to
clean the Club trailer, build
worker stations, or show up at
the crack of dawn to set up a
course in the rain or snow.
In the coming months, we are
going to bring you more ideas to
help you recruit, train, and retain
volunteers. We hope to give you
strategies to make new and
veteran members feel connected
to the Club. The local Regions
are the backbone of this Club
and we want to provide you with
tools and techniques to help you
grow and prosper. After all, you
came for the cars, but you
stayed for the people.
Now that you’re
positive, the next step is
to share your vision
with your team”
FUN, WITH AND WITHOUT CARS
(MAIN and BOT TOM) SCCA is as
much about the people as it is about the
cars and competition – having fun is
contagious and should be a requirement
on any race weekend. (FAR LEFT)
SCCA Leadership Academy’s Dean Jeff
Luckritz (center) with South Carolina
Region leaders Brian Nixon, Melanie
Murray, Greg Hunt, and Shellie McKee.