Call to action
So how would change come about and what could you do to influence the future of our national amateur radio organization? If change is not driven internally within an organization, external activity may be the only remaining course of action.
This could include:
- speaking out at local amateur radio club meetings, advancing your feelings, comments and suggestions
- organizing discussion groups, networking with like-minded people in other groups/clubs and initiating a regional dialogue
- becoming an active opinion leader, letting others know you want to contribute and lead
Change doesn’t happen automatically and it certainly cannot be legislated. Change, especially cultural change, is borne from a shared vision and driven by common intent - a dream of what can be. Cultural change takes time and requires courage. Cultural change is a journey, not a destination, and requires the enrollment of the entire constituency, not just the well-intentioned few.
What if some leaders (e.g., club presidents) from each province and territory stepped forward?
And what if these leaders enrolled their constituencies in the creation of a strategic future incorporating a dream of what amateur radio could be, say - five years hence?
And what if this team (a brain trust) of regional leaders shared their dreams with each other?
And what if this synergy resulted in a robust, open and fully transparent process where everyone was enrolled in creating a strategic future, guaranteeing the promotion, growth, advancement and survivability of amateur radio in Canada, resulting in a highly respected and widely admired national organization?
Obviously, to be truly successful, all concerned Canadian amateurs would engage. Grass-roots issues would be discussed and debated by individual amateurs, clubs and other associations. So It's really up to all Canadian radio amateurs, because your national organization's director cannot do it all. BTW, I am prepared to help in any way I can - to guide you with the process - individually or in groups, as required.
Finally, cultural change requires real leaders - not bureaucrats!
Many emerging leaders assume they can't make a difference in their current positions and wait (or abdicate) until they're in the "president's chair" before taking action. While leadership experience and legitimacy are indeed helpful, they are not prerequisites to making a difference. Take a look at the informal power you have - gained through your network, your ability to influence - your passion. Begin using it now to make change in your organization. Patience is indeed an important leadership virtue, however, waiting for permission to lead is just another lost opportunity. Given the current situation, a sense of urgency is a key determinant to success.
There is so much at stake.