Say yes to positive progress rather than blocking good ideas

EVERYONE has been faced with a manager, colleague or friend that always says "no" and doesn't seem to listen to ideas.

Often it turns into not wanting to offer any suggestions or ideas.

If your club is following this trend, it can lead to stifled growth and encourage people to walk out the door.

What happens when you take the opportunity to say "yes" and show faith in your committee and members?

You will see a more positive and happy attitude from your members and you achieve more through empowering your team to act, think, look at ways to improve and offer solutions.

It also means ideas will keep coming, which may reduce the workload of your volunteers or at least be a more pleasant environment for them to work in.

Saying yes doesn't mean that you have to agree to everything.

As a committee, next time a new idea is brought to the meeting think about saying yes and request the person to explain or submit why the idea might work, how it would be implemented and what the benefits would be.

As a committee, you can then decide if it is viable.

"Yes'' empowers your team to think solutions and remain interested in the club.

"No'' disenfranchises them and drives them to despair.

Creating a culture of yes generates a powerful spirit and positive mindset that will achieve great things more often, because they are not afraid to have new ideas.

Yes focuses on optimism and not pessimism. Bring out the best in your team by giving them the opportunity to succeed.


Sports Awards dinner

TIME is running out to secure tickets to the 2014/15 City of Ipswich Sports Awards function on Saturday night.

Great lucky door prizes include: two Brisbane International tickets provided by Tennis Queensland; one hour of free court hire provided by Tennis Queensland; a $1000 gift voucher from Choices by Mallets; a framed Firebirds poster; $100 Riverlink Gift voucher; QRL pack and $100 Hogs Breath Gift voucher for the upload a photo competition.

Other sponsors include Good Sports, Illustrious Type & Designs, New Hope Group, Coca-Cola Amatil, Touch Rugby League (TRL), and Sirromet Wines.

Join us at the North Ipswich Reserve on Saturday night.

Tickets are available through Ipswich Tickets http:// event/ 201415-city-of-ipswich-sports- awards-1844.


Community benefit fund

ROUND 87 of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) is open and will close at midnight on November 30.

The GCBF is an amalgamation of several grants including the Jupiter's Casino Community Benefit Fund.

Clubs are reminded that if they wish to put an application in for a project that involves the construction or alteration of a building/structure on Council land then they need to discuss this in the first instance with their Sport and Recreation Officer. They can help obtain approvals.

More information can be found at

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