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Find Your YMCA MoJo

The MoJo of your YMCA is the energy it admits on a daily basis.  The energy level of your staff and environment can make or break a YMCA.  Y employees will tell you that “if you know one YMCA, then you know only that one YMCA!”

All YMCA’s are different and each have their own personality and character.  Each have their own MoJo!  The MoJo is that little special energy that gives a YMCA that positive spirit that connects with staff and members.

Your YMCA Mojo starts with your employees.  If your YMCA has a personality it is because of leadership and staff character, energy and passion.  YMCA employees are special because most have a higher purpose given the type of organization they work for.  When employees are YMCA Mission driven it shows in their performance and action.

At the front desk-Welcome Center, do you have high spirit employees that are service driven with the ability to get things done?  Does your fitness staff know how to provide the personal attention and touch for members?  Is your CEO and upper management actively engaged in setting the tone and leading by example?

The only way to generate a higher level of MoJo at your YMCA is to lead by example.  Raise your bar for what you bring to your office, job, organization and live a higher purpose.

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Leaders Get Results

“When you are commanding, leading [Soldiers] under conditions where physical
exhaustion and privations must be ignored; where the lives of [Soldiers] may be
sacrificed, then, the efficiency of your leadership will depend only to a minor degree on your tactical or technical ability. It will primarily be determined by your character, your reputation, not so much for courage—which will be accepted as a matter of course—but by the previous reputation you have established for fairness, for that high-minded patriotic purpose, that quality of unswerving determination to carry through any military task assigned you.”
-General of the Army George C. Marshall

Leadership builds effective organizations.  Effectiveness is most directly related to the core leader
competency of getting results.  From the definition of leadership, achieving is focused on accomplishing
the mission.  Mission accomplishment is a goal that must co-exist with an extended perspective towards
maintaining and building up the organization’s capability for the future.  Achieving begins in the short-term
by setting objectives.  In the long-term, achieving based on clear vision requires getting results in pursuit of
those objectives.  Getting results is focused on structuring what needs to be done so results are consistently
produced.  This competency focuses on the organization of how to achieve those results.

Getting results embraces all actions to get the job done on time and to standard:

  • Providing direction, guidance, and clear priorities involves guiding teams in what needs to be done and how.
  • Developing and executing plans for mission and task accomplishment involves anticipating how to carry out what needs to be done, managing the resources used to get it done, and conducting the necessary actions.
  • Accomplishing missions consistently and ethically involves using monitoring to identify strengths and correct weaknesses in organizational, group, and individual performance.

Post from the US Army Leadership Manual