The Five S’s
The scene is set for ELS... Chartered Association Officers spill into the workshop room as music blares. Amidst the networking, lesson learning, and activities throughout the night, we learned the very useful Five S’s regarding the process of carrying out any activity. At any level of leadership, whether it may be the chartered association team or a chapter officer team, these five words ensure that any activity can be done to its full potential:
Share- At the beginning of any project, hold a brainstorming session. I fully believe that the best ideas are not exclusive to one person’s though, but rather the collaboration of a group.
Spirit- The attitude of those leading a project will be mirrored in those who participate. A positive attitude, enthusiasm, and high energy are all key to a successful project.
Strategy- Devising a plan from the start of a project will keep all components organized. Use materials such as timelines and project management logs to detail every step of the project.
Success- Having good spirit and an effective strategy can lead to success. Success is always the optimal outcome, but even “failed” projects can have some triumphant components to them.
Survey- At the end of any project, it is important to reflect upon its highs and lows. Having a debriefing session at the end of a project can help the team improve for the future.
By keeping these words in mind, the Five S’s will optimize any project or activity in DECA.