ODID's Format: Build the Guild 101
BUILD THE GUILD 101
I have several years experience when it comes in Guild Leadership and design. The best way/word to describe at to what makes a guild function is "DEDICATION". Success is not weighed because of outstanding leadership or outstanding membership, but it is weighed by the leadership and the members as a body/guild community. I will take you theough what is my opinion as to building a guild. There are several people who have many years of success, failures, or ups/downs when considering how to run a guild. I personally have taken a Christian Ministry mindset and integrated it into a functional format for guild leadership.
WHAT IS NEEDED?
First of all you need atleast ONE person who is willing to dedicate time, responsibility, and effort to building a core leadership and recruit. But what if you are part of a community already? How come the leadership has not created a guild for a game that a few play? Once again, you need to have someone willing to dedicate their time to build the guild.
WHAT IS YOUR PURPOSE?
Dedication from others is such a villian to any guild leader. So many measure their success by the numbers that join their community or guild. The reality is they may have numbers, but they don't have a solid purpose (vision), and/or dedication from their officer core/members. The first step to consider before buidling your guild is what is your purpose? What makes you different from another guild?
In my case, our community is centered around Christian values and principles. In many other cases it can be PvP, PvE, Events, Raiding, or Social Media perspective (Specific name or Fan Based). Though in many cases Christian Guilds do have the other specifics they also hold to clean, family oriented environments. So what do you hope to see where your Guild is heading? My hope is that the Guild becomes its own community under my Community Council. They as a Guild are run by a Guild Leader who wants to see the guild succeed, build an officer core of leaders who are willing to lead, and members who are willing to step up and help the guild succeed. Too many times the leadership is left with all the fire and work to build while the members wait to be led. Solid guilds have members who love the specific game and take lead even if they are not an officer themselves. Not because the officers are lazy or don't care... it's because they have the dedication to see THEIR Guild succeed.
This way of thinking is lost to many businesses today. Why is that? Well the leadership needs to show the same enthuiasm as the member. Officers that have responsibility need to have that same dedication. The Guild Leader should not have to be all over you all the time to keep up on your responsibility in the Guild. This is the same in real life. If you're given a responsibility then you need to take hold and do it, or you need to give it to someone who will.
Guild Leaders must find core officers who are willing to not only stand by you but support your vision for the guild. If the Guild Leaders steps away because of life, the OFFICER CORE should step in and step up to keep th purpose and vision moving forward.
Once you have the purpose for the guild. Fight for it, and always take time to reflect on what is or isn't working. Are your officers not showing up when they should? Do you find the members have been bouncing into other games? Why? Is it you? Is it the way your guild community is being run? Maybe it is none of the issues above. Sometimes it just happens. Does this mean you failed? It may feel as if you have, but it is also maybe the game interest has changed. It could be time to search for another game. In a community, it can be hard for many people means many games, but that does not excuse anyone from being less than dedicated. Any guild must have dedication to be a success. So if you want to make a guild... how dedicated are you to buiding it?
When I take on the position of Guild Leader my first step is to see who has potential, dedication, and umph to be a future officer. It is easy to lead a few members, but when there are more joining every time you need to find people willng to take on responsibility. They may be a member that you ask to lead or a member you feel could be an officer for that specific job. I see the Guild Leader similar to a Senior Pastor (Sheperd). They are the overseer and head of the Body/Guild. They should make the final decisions, they should take on needs until they can find someone to lead it, and they need to organize/structure the guild. Officers are similar to Assistant Pastors or Elders of a church. They should be given certain tasks, and the Guild Leader should relinquish their power of that conern into the hands of that chosen Officer.
Officers and Leaders should be Servants first, but there should also be Leadership ranking, Best advice is to have two officers below the Guild Leader who are considered second and third command. Who can be the Guild Leader if the True Guild Leader is not present in the game. Plus they will be people who can be considered the Guild Leader if the True Guild Leader decides to step down or leave. I call it a TRIBUNE head for the guild. Leaders shoulld alsways be searching in the membership pool for potential and aids in their specific task/needs in the Guild Community.
The Body/Guild cannot function strong if the leadership is not dedicated to their Guild Leaders purpose/vision. This also means that there is a need for dedicated members. Just because you have a solid Officer Core doesn't mean you have dedicated members. I have experienced this once before. It is hard when you do solid recruiting, but the membership is not dedicated with you. There is nothing wrong about that especially if they join another game, but it can be hard on the Guild Leader who is trying and has a solid team but no one to lead.
Next blog is on membership dedication...
by -Odid- on 2013-09-29 12:31:41
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Wow. Good post, bud. I'm dedicated!!!
/readsolid stuff Odid. A lot of it I knew you were all about -- but reading it still brought anew breath of understanding on your dedication/vision. ty
This gave me a smile! Thanks for posting!