About 3.5 years ago, I finally got all the piece parts together for the LUG. Beyond the standard reasons of getting together like minded technical people, which is always a good thing, I also had no idea if I could get a group off the ground from scratch, of complete volunteers, into a vaguely functional group. In every other instance in which I’d taken a leadership role, it was for an entity that already had a course and speed. Building from scratch is “a whole other country”.
There have been plenty of bumps and bruises along the way, and lots of learning how people function. One of the most important lessons is people have short memories. If a meeting isn’t announced a few days in advance, as well as the same day of the meeting, the attendance drops. This happened by accident a few times, with noticeable effect. Just this single piece of info is massively valuable, as it plays out in all kinds of other arenas.
For instance, if you want people to do something at/for a meeting, you need to ask them. Not as a herd, as a mass broad cast, but to the individual themselves. And remind them a few days before the meeting happens, just in case it slipped their mind. We’re all busy people, and we all let certain things drop, so there is no malice here, it’s just the way we are.
The thing I’m surprised about, is the number of people that should have learned that lesson, that haven’t. I guess everyone should start a LUG. It would make the world a better place in more ways than one. 🙂