Real World Lessons from Mayor Riley, Charleston, South Carolina

David Brooks, in his brilliant piece, The Evolution of Trust, provides a strong intellectual framework about trust. One that only fools would ignore.

Joe Riley, long time Mayor of Charleston, South Caroline provides “real world” examples of great accomplishment over a 30-year timeframe.

In fact, they represent two different sides to the same coin.

Hopefully my own post about a Pilot experiment: Fraternities: Eight Steps To Restore Trust will be helpful in connecting these dots. Read the rest of this entry

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Fraternities: Eight Steps to Restore Trust

This post is directly related to David Brooks’ article The Evolution of Trust.  “Trust”  is the glue that cements the entire Fraternal apparatus, therefore Brooks’ article is, I say, mandatory reading for Senior Leaders at the Headquarters of any large Fraternal organization.  (Helpful too is a ‘real world example’ by a great mayor in Charleston, South Caroline. Click here.)

Unquestionably, Fraternities have lost an immeasurable amount of trust in the last generation, maybe two. They’ve lost it with universities, parents, the surrounding campus community and a very large number of exceptional students of all stripes. To a wide swath of the American public the words “Animal House” and “frat house” are interchangeable. As per a recent cover story by Atlantic Magazine, that’s the hard reality and there is no use even debating the point.

The hard question is “How to get “trust” back into the Fraternal equation? Read the rest of this entry

David Brooks – The Evolution of Trust

Because today’s NY Times  article “The Evolution of Trust” by David Brooks has such an enormous bearing on why Fraternities must dramatically improve the ‘trust-equation’, I am quoting it in its entirety. (after reading the article please see: Eight Steps to Restore Trust)

HERE, BELOW, IS THE FULL TEXT OF THE ARTICLE

The Evolution of Trust
David Brooks, NY Times, July 1, 2014

I’m one of those people who thought Airbnb would never work. I thought people would never rent out space in their homes to near strangers. But I was clearly wrong. Eleven million travelers have stayed in Airbnb destinations, according to data shared by the company. Roughly 550,000 homes are now being shared by hosts. Airbnb is more popular in Europe than it is even in the United States. Paris is the largest destination city. Read the rest of this entry

Emperors, Kingdoms, 21st Century Leadership

As sure as God made green apples, Emperors who have no clothes pretty soon will have no Kingdom at all.

Daryl Egbert, Emperor of Beta Iota Sigma Chi for 35 years, should take notice. In those 35 years his Kingdom – Fraternities at Oregon University – have shrunk from 26 Chapters to eight. Three reside in rented properties, two are on probation and all of them are routinely dirty, rowdy, financially wobbling and without appropriate Alumni involvement. Unquestionably Sigma Chi has the worst facility, perfectly described by the late, great Brother Robert Oscar Warr:  “An old folks home for the dreadfully poor“. Read the rest of this entry

Purdue Sigs $7.4 Million House Renovation

In 2007 the Delta Delta Chapter of Sigma Chi at Purdue University completed a remarkable $7.4 million dollar renovation of their House. It is a grand achievement especially given the sad landscape of “frats” around the country. There are several lessons to be drawn from it to include the fact that the long-time Oregon Sigma Chi Chapter Advisor, Clarke McAlister, is a Purdue graduate. Read the rest of this entry

The House That Warr Built

Honoring Bob Warr, The Babe Ruth Of Brotherhood

Preface: Kristin’s very kind Sunday July 20, 2014 invitation is a sharp reminder of how shamefully we have honored Bob since his passing. This is made unconscionably worse because of the stupendous opportunities that honoring him (and others) provides to us. Bob’s lasting memorial for Sigma Chi should do no less than what Babe Ruth did for baseball — and, most especially, for Yankee Stadium.

If we act strongly and urgently there is still time to make the corrections required. Here’s how. Read the rest of this entry

Camp Franklin – It’s all in the approach

For some reason, the concept of a “Flipped Fraternity” is hard to grasp. Dick Gould, Stanford’s Tennis Guru —  who has been running tennis summer camps for over 45 years, tells me I should change the name to “Camp Franklin” — and run the promotion of it under the domain name I have owned for 20 years  – bfranklin.edu.  Why? So obvious when you think about it you feel like putting the ice cream cone directly to your forehead. Some of them include: Read the rest of this entry

Kickstarter – Boilers – Girl Scout Cookies

Ever since I learned that Bijou Cinema, a small movie theater here in Eugene – learn more here – raised donations in excess of $50,000 to enable the purchase of a new digital camera, I can’t help thinking about “Crowdsourcing.” ( NYTimes Article here.) What is obvious about all of this has already been posted; several times. (Sample here)

What is not so obvious is the value of bringing “Crowdsourcing” to the kids who live inside the Houses — an idea caused by a strange coincidence. Let me tell you more about it. Read the rest of this entry

Three Quick Tips To a VERY Solvent Greek House

In the hundreds of Greeks I have met in the last ten years, the one with the best – most pithy advice – was Tommy Moore (Theta Chi). His advice was simple, direct and brilliant:

Clean ’em up; fill ’em up; collect the rent.Read the rest of this entry

A Great Visit to The Beta House @ Oregon!

Yesterday, Jeff White, Eagle Scout and a proud (sophomore) member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity at Oregon, took me on an hour-long tour of the Beta House. First, picture a spectacular House with eight tall stone pillars, each one representing a Founder of the Fraternity. Now, picture a big, beautifully landscaped front lawn that overlooks the Mill Race — Oregon’s “canal” that runs east and west right through the campus of the University. Here, below, is what this beauty looks like!

Next, picture when you walk into the House being “greeted” by  a living room, dining room, television room, and kitchen that is as immaculate (and beautiful) as any Sorority on the campus – and that is saying a LOT! Now picture a bright young man, polite, smart, upward bound, full of energy, ambition, good ideas and a work-ethic that any employer could only wish for. That’s Jeff White. Now, for the rest of this very pleasant morning…. read on.. – Read the rest of this entry