Take 30!

Blain Andera
Spirit Lake Chamber of Commerce



Taking thirty minutes to think about your chamber is not like pushing the "easy button." However, taking some time to reflect can bring much needed clarity. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. While we are quick to apply this to other situations, we don't often point it inwards and challenge the way we do things in our own chambers of commerce. Are we stuck with policies, procedures, or events because that is the way we have always done it?  Do we take time to actually stop and "think" about what we do and why we do it? If you are doing business the same way you did last year, or five years ago, you may be stuck in a rut.  So take 30!


Set aside thirty minutes to think about your chamber. No distractions. No phones or email. No colleagues. This is your time to ask yourself questions.


  • Grab a pen and paper. No mobile device or laptop for distractions.
  • Head into a quiet room.
  • Set a timer for thirty minutes. The timeframe will keep you focused.
  • Close your eyes and clear your mind. Take a deep "ready or not" breath.
  • Ask the question out loud. Am I, or is my chamber, stuck?
  • Make a list. List everything that comes to mind in the first few minutes.  List every policy, procedure, event or organizational element that comes to mind.
  • Put the pen and paper down. Look away and regroup.
  • Make the list real. Write words or phrases that come to mind when you look at each item on your list. Write everything down.
  • Evaluate the list. Reflect on the items that stick out.
  • Circle the top three or four on the list.
  • Make a commitment to explore and evaluate the circled items. Some solutions might be immediately apparent. Others may require time, research and more thought.

Now you have achieved more clarity than when you entered that room with a blank pad of paper. And clarity always contributes to better decision-making. 





MACE Annual Conference Recap

Thanks to all who attended the 2015 MACE Annual Conference. Robin Anderson, Mason City Chamber, was named the MACE board chair for May 2016-May 2017, and Bill Campbell, Spencer Chamber, has been named to the MACE board of directors. Thanks also to all chambers who donated to the MACE auction. Funds raised by the auction go toward scholarships for the conference.




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