Monday, January 03, 2011

Community verses Control

I know that often I am writing about "Community" and what that means in the context of radio and also where we live.

What never ceases to raise it's head is "control".  When you work in your community - whether that's a sporting organisation, general interest group or even radio you will find a small number of those who like to control.  Control in itself isn't necessarily a bad thing.  We all need some control:
  • proceedures to keep us safe
  • knowing our role
  • WH&S
  • good communication
But the control that isn't healthly in an organisation is the "control" that likes to abuse others, "build your own castle",  and/or a take over bid.

Whilst this might happen in a public/private company, it is not appropriate within a community organistion.  Healthly communication, training and implementation are necessary.  Those who wish to have their own way at the expense of the team and purpose/vision of the community group really need to step back and reflect about why they are apart of that group in the first place.

Control that abuses, puts others down and tries to push its own agenda is uncalled for, unnecessary and inappropriate in a Community organisation.  Control will very quickly kill creative ideas, teamwork and moving the organistion forward for the benefit of the group and those they seek to serve.

So when you're thinking about why you are apart of a Community Organisation really search yourself:
  • Do I want to give back to the community?
  • Do I want to make a positive difference?
  • Am I willing to allow others the opportunity to be apart of the creative ideas process?
  • Am I willing to learn new things or see a different point of view?
  • Why am I in the group?
  • Who do I want to help?
These questions are just a few to reflect on.  I encourage you to promote community but limit control.
Your Community group regardless of what area it serves in can make a positive difference.
Enjoy life.

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