The book “The Starfish and The Spider” written by Ori Brafman is a challenging work when thinking of the new world. Blogs, such as this one, are a part of that new world. Empowering independent contributions such as the Wikipedia does is a remarkable phenomenon. The thoughts expressed in this book regarding leaderless organizations gives a lot of food for thought.
Can independently operated entities such as Boys & Girls Clubs become stronger and more prolific if given the right fuel and environment for growth? Can catalytic leadership enlist the energies of the best leaders in the Movement to carry us to the next levels of service and presence in our communities?
How to best leverage the strength of our federated autonomous framework while still keeping everyone focused on critical issues, is the question of the day.
I am excited to be part of the leadership team that will wrestle with these and many other questions. There are many who are satisfied with the status quo of plugging along throwing money around and trying to fund growth. Once the Movement reaches a certain size there isn’t enough money to go around to generate the exponential growth that is needed to ensure service to youth everywhere in this country and beyond our borders. Is it not better to challenge the local leaders toward support or assimilation of weaker neighboring Clubs to shore up or eliminate weak links?
The end of the story is still to be told. We must rise to the opportunity to push for impactful growth planting seeds in more and more neighborhoods giving hope and opportunity to America’s youth.