Big decisions – Get buy in

Betting buy in via input for big decisions/changes

With the release of Mists of Pandaria eminent, a lot is about to change. Obvious in-game facets are changing and along with that many guilds will be ushering in changes. It is normal and to a degree expected. One of the most effective ways to make sure a big decision (or potential big decision) is well received is to get buy-in from everyone in the guild. Yup, everyone. Continue reading

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Business, Club, Venture, Secret Society: How do you run a guild?

Our guild recently raised the question of how we go about leadership. With a new expansion being an ideal time to make changes, the question is well timed. This got me thinking about how guild’s are run in general. Continue reading

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Guild planning for Expansion Release

Expansions bring many changes to a game and present a perfect opportunity for transitions and changes for both established and new guilds. With an official release date announce for Mists of Pandaria, what is your guild’s plan for the big release? Are you making any changes to guild goals or day to day operation? There are many things that can be adjusted or changed to best suit the natural evolution of a guild. It is important to communicate with the members of your guild. So why is it important to ask them? Continue reading

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01-08-12 10:25:42 Hibernation fades from Lument

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I am glad to say that I am back to actively blogging. Over the past 8 months, I’ve received many messages and inquiries about whether or not Officerchat.org lives on. I kept the site up for historic reference and because in my heart I want to breath new life into it.

I was a little burned out from playing WoW, incredibly busy with work, taking on several new hobbies, and hit a brick wall of writer’s block. With excitement for MoP coming and a manageable balance of other activities being attained, I am eager to discussing guild leadership and management with you again. The plan is weekly updates, this time opening the content a little wider to not be solely focused on delivering specific advice. I want to stimulate discussion to tap into the advice that other people have to share. I want posts to also be more personal. If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask.

First post goes up tomorrow (Friday) and will cover some thoughts on what to do in the build up to an expansion release.

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Interview with a Guild: <Dark Crusaders>

interview with a guild: dark crusaders

This article is from Missanthropy, guild master of <Dark Crusaders>. I stumbled across the <Dark Crusaders>’s website and noticed their ‘mentoring’ threads. This intrigued me and I wanted to know more. Missanthropy was incredibly kind to my inquiry, generously writing the following fantastic article about his guild. He is very well spoken and has some things to share that are a first for me. I’ve enjoyed my brief conversation with him and know that you’ll enjoy this article.

Mary, Mary, quite contrary

Think of me as a gardener. I prepare the soil, plant the seeds, pull a few weeds, and enjoy watching folks blossom when they find fertile ground. But the seed packets aren’t very well labeled. The Red Hot Raiders stand in the fire most of the time and the Social Butterflies can’t seem to decide on a spot when they need to land. If we also throw in a couple of Blooming Idiots and a few Clinging Vines, our garden is going to be a real mess.

So, how can we get accurate labels on our seed packets? Who needs a lot of sun, and who prefers to grow in the shade? Who likes to lead, and who prefers to follow? How do you recalibrate the problematic egos, and how do you recognize the folks who are quietly effective, and deserve nurturing? Continue reading

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Providing Applicant/Recruit Feedback

Providing feedback

Like all things in life, results are a combination of nature and nurture. Nature is the internal component of contribution, things that someone innately has. Nurture is the external influences and contributions. Every person that successfully becomes a new member of a guild does so because of their own internal (nature/natural) capabilities and the guidance and input (nurture) they receive from the guild. In this article I’m talking about the nurture side of helping new members/applicants succeed by way of giving them feedback. Continue reading

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Last Minute Guild Prep for 4.3

Last minute guild prep for 4.3

With the release of 4.3 imminent and your guild about to take on Deathwing, there are a few key things you can do to help your guild be ready for all the new content. Continue reading

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Interview with a Guild: <The Exodus>

interview with a guild: the exodus
Last month we asked for guild leaders to tell us about their guilds. Over the next month, we will share with you what we found out there in more than a dozen guilds. We will highlight key takeaways from each interview and provide the actual responses for you to read. There is a lot of information–both interesting and useful! Be sure to let us know what you find interesting and useful. Next up is <The Exodus> of EU Twilight’s Hammer, numerically represented in this article’s graphic and led by Garnaph, a contributor over at Restokin.com.

Each guild has unique traits that make it special. In regards to the demographics of its members, the overall personality and attitude of the guild, and the mindset of the guild regarding progression – The Exodus has carved out a special niche leading to a prosperous and distinctive environment for its members. Utilizing somewhat of a ‘referral’ system to attract new recruits, The Exodus has managed to maintain a stable and dependable player base. This allows an already tightly knit guild community to grow on its own terms while preserving the ideals that make it distinct. Continue reading

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Managing Change: New Expansions (Mists of Pandaria)

managing change new expansions mists of pandaria
With the announcement at Blizzcon of the new World of Warcraft expansion being Mists of Pandaria, there’s a lot of excitement and interest: loads of new features, ideas, things to explore… and changes that everyone hopes are better than before. For guild leaders, the changes brought by expansion packs can be really challenging to manage. Over the past year here at Officerchat.org, we’ve talked about some things that can really help contribute to positive outcomes when it comes to managing big changes like expansions. The following is a compilation of articles from the past year to help you out. If you know of other blogs with relevant and helpful topics, be sure to share those in a comment! Continue reading

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Interview with a Guild: <Fury Untold>

interview with a guild fury untold
Last month we asked for guild leaders to tell us about their guilds. Over the next month, we will share with you what we found out there in more than a dozen guilds. We will highlight key takeaways from each interview and provide the actual responses for you to read. There is a lot of information–both interesting and useful! Be sure to let us know what you find interesting and useful. Next up is <Fury Untold> of US Sen’jin, numerically represented in this article’s graphic.

The release of Cataclysm has required guilds to take a more serious and organized approach in order to be successful in raiding progression. <Fury Untold> is a guild that has taken these necessary steps. Being dissatisfied with the ‘grey area’ that comes along with being labeled as “semi-hardcore”, Fury Untold redefined and reestablished itself with a more progression focused mindset. Continue reading

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