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Sunday, April 08, 2012

Have you ever heard of the 80/20 rule? In general terms, 80% of the work of any organization is done by 20% of the members. I have always been active in my church (partially because of the great example set by my parents), and have noticed that, no matter the activity, there is a core group that ensures that Sunday School classes get taught, visitors get greeted, and the grass gets cut. Most of the rest of the congregation participates, but it is in a more disengaged way. While the work gets done, those who are in the 20% can get worn out, discouraged, and give up.

SparkPeople is like that. I'm the first one to admit that I haven't necessarily been among the 20% (actually if you look at the number of members in the San Antonio team, it's probably more like 1%-2%), but I have enjoyed the benefits without taking as active role as I should. Thus our leaders and other more active members spend a lot of time trying to keep this large group moving forward and engaged, so the activities are more valuable for all.

So what is the solution? Commitment. At church, we focus on encouraging folks to committing to using their talents so that they not only are more fulfilled (when you do something you love, it's not like "work"), but also are helping to build up the church. It's the same with the San Antonio SparkTeam. If you aren't interested in joining the 13.1 Sparkathon, you can make a commitment to welcome new members with a friendly posting on their SparkPage. If you don't have time, or can't think of a topic, for a blog, you can commit to huddling for a few minutes, or responding to team e-mails--that is a quick, easy task.

I am committing to getting to know and encouraging my fellow 13.1 Sparkathon participants better. I am also committing to responding to more new SparkTeam members. Finally I am committing to following the program more closely, so that I can help promote this strong program. Encourage you all to do the same--a group is only as strong as its members are engaged!

Spark on, San Antonio!!
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  • CAROL5250
    Great blog, Cindy. Thanks for the motivation. I, for one could do a lot better with posting frequently. The team page is often not very busy lately. I miss reading all the comments. Thanks again.
    2973 days ago
  • TXLADY110
    Go for it Cindy.

    Keep your Spark.

    2974 days ago
    Remember when USEITRLOOSEIT sent out a team email to the Texas team & encouraged members to say "Hi" to the new members? That got a nice response. Maybe you could try that strategy as well for the SA team.
    2974 days ago
    I'm beaming at you right now, Cindy...can you feel it? Thank you!
    2974 days ago
  • ONUTHIN125
    emoticon Good Luck. Spark On! emoticon
    2974 days ago
    Very nicely put.
    I hope it works for your Spark team.
    2974 days ago
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