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Sunday, July 22, 2018

ALMOST HALF A MILLION JEEPS SOLD SO FAR IN USA

JEEP TALK SHOW POINTED OUT THAT JEEP HAS SET NEW RECORDS


495,000 jeeps sold already in USA, in half a year.


By Del Albright

I was listening to the Jeep Talk Show podcast and they pointed out that the Jeep brand is breaking all records and might even break even their own best records.

That number is like a 22%  increase in sales across the country.  Now if we can just get them all to join an organized recreation group, national, regional, state and local. Check out the Jeep Talk Show if you get a chance.  http://www.jeeptalkshow.com/
Del

Monday, July 16, 2018

EGONOMICS

EGOS AND SOME PERSONALITIES CAN RUIN A CLUB OR GROUP.


Egonomics Studies the Cost of Allowing Egos to Rule Your Recreation.


By Del Albright

I have coined the term "Egonomics" to shed light on the cost of letting egos and personalities rule your recreation, and possibly ruin it.

Is your club ticked off at a neighboring club? Are you drifting away from your club or association because of the behavior of a few folks? Do you find yourself attending fewer club/group meetings these days? Do you feel like your opinion does not count? Are you tired of the politics and clicks in your club? In other words, do personalities and egos rule your recreation?

Now do not get me wrong.  Most all off-pavement motorized recreation have egos.  Usually that means we get things done; we can lead projects or efforts; and we step up to help clubs and groups grow.  But then on the other hand, all too often egos and personalities become the deciding factor in too many things.

Here is my take on the question: Do Personalities Rule Your Recreation?


Personalities must be addressed when you are talking about leadership.  More on Leadership and a Horse Harnessed Before All Others, here.


And more on Resolving Problems in Clubs with Partners, Possibles, and Poops.  With the three main tips for getting to the bottom of this: Find Out; Focus; and Facilitate, summarized here.


STEP 1: Find Out.  The first thing to do is find out why clubs have problems -- to recognize and accept the fact that we are people and we have shortfalls, as well as personalities.  Learn to accept the basic fact that we are not all poured from the same mold.  In stead, find ways to understand and make better use of our differences. But that comes from first finding out (identifying) just what causes our club problems.

STEP 2:  Focus.  Next, focus on the issue or problem, not the personalities. Learn to separate a problem from the person who seems to be causing it. Lay the problem on the table, dissect it and figure out how to put it back together in better shape than when you started.   Enlist the help of the person you think is responsible for the issue, if possible.  Get them to become part of the solution. But whatever you do, learn to address the issue, not the person or personality.  It’s not Joe that is causing the club to drift apart; it’s something Joe is doing – his behavior.  That is what we must focus on – the behavior that needs changing.

STEP 3: Facilitate.  Facilitation is a skill every leader or club activist should develop to some level.  To facilitate means to make things easier – to lessen the resistance; to smooth the path. In clubs and groups it means finding ways to help people help them selves.

Once you find out what is really the issue, and you focus on that issue, you then begin to facilitate a resolution. In volunteer organizations there is seldom a rank structure (like the military), so we must learn to ease the resistance and smooth the path with facilitation skills and techniques. 

Before you walk away, please make sure you have done and tried all you can to fix the problem.  We need clubs, groups and associations fighting for us and our rights/freedoms.

Finally, if you would like to read about Softening the Iron Grip of Club Elders, here.


#leadership #egos #personalities #clubs

Thursday, July 12, 2018

QUIT LETTING OUR FEDERAL RESOURCES BURN!


"HOPE" IS NOT A METHOD FOR FIGHTING WILD FIRES!

Let's tell our federal land managers and politicians to stop "letting it burn!"


By Del Albright

I published this blog last year during a terrible fire season, and I am going to republish it again this year, right now, as 2018 appears to be another raging fire season year. 

Wildfires continue to destroy our heritage and natural resources in the West, while in many cases aggressive fire suppression has been lacking on federal lands. We recently heard the term "minimal impact fire suppression" -- meaning really that they intend to stand back mostly and watch it burn.


They "hope" the fire goes out and doesn't do much damage. 


Federal land managers have been plagued for years with "tactics" forced on them like "let it burn" or "prescribed fire, unplanned ignition" or "let Nature take its course."

Baloney!



I'm tempted to write this letter to the federal land managing agencies. What do you think?
To whom in the federal government it may concern: "Hope" is not a method of fighting fires. Let's quit hoping the fire goes out; and quit hoping the bugs don't kill more trees that will eventually burn up; and quit hoping Nature takes its course or that Nature puts out the fire; and let's start aggressively and actively fighting fires on federal lands with every "impact" you can dream up, from ground and air, to stop fires from destroying our heritage and resources!

This does not apply to every federal agency or every federal firefighter.  And now I even worry about state fire fighters in some cases. But if the shoe fits....


To stand around and talk about it, and hope it doesn't burn structures or get totally out of control is unacceptable, unprofessional and obviously a ploy to satisfy some political agenda. Stop it. Fight the fires. Put out the fires. Save America's treasures and resources with everything you have.
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

GET SOME VOLUNTEER TRAINING ONLINE


ONLINE LEADERSHIP AND VOLUNTEER TRAINING.


Summer Blowout Sale to Get More Trained Enthusiasts on the Ground.


By Del Albright

If you have ever thought about getting some training to help your volunteer efforts, especially off-pavement adventure recreation and volunteer OHV type clubs, NOW IS THE TIME!

There is nothing else offered like this in the country where you can get online volunteer leadership, supervision, management and volunteerism in general training.  10 Modules based on 35 years of volunteer supervision and management experience, first-hand.  Combined with 26-year fire service career ending as a Chief, added to 14 years of military experience, highlighted as a Green Beret, Ranger during Vietnam era.

The Recreational Leadership Training Course (RLTC) is what we offer at Albright Enterprises.

Is is often enhanced with a hands-on workshop, Volunteer Leader & Land Stewardship (VLLS).

Many businesses have supported and helped conduct this valuable training because they see the critical importance of having leaders and volunteers who know how to keep the sport alive and the trails open.


GET SOME TRAINING NOW.  SIGN UP HERE.  RLTC ONLINE TRAINING COURSE.

#leadershiptraining #leadership #rltc #albrightenterprises #volunteertraining #volunteers


Sunday, July 8, 2018

OUR PARTNERS AND SPONSORS

WE ARE ABLE TO HELP YOU BECAUSE OF THESE SPONSORS/PARTNERS.


Buy ONLY from Businesses that Support Our Trails.


By Del Albright


A key component of having access to trails is having businesses that support our sport and keep us in products and new innovations for our motor toys.  We must do our part and keep them thriving for us.  Here is now.  BUY ONLY from businesses you know are doing something for the sport. Donating to raffles.  Being members of groups/clubs.  Putting organizational logos on their business website. 


What are you building for?  Learn more and buy from BFG at: http://www.bfgoodrichtires.com




MetalCloak, it's your jeep, only better. 

Get rock biting armor and 6PAK suspension at:
http://www.metalcloak.com





We send out a special shout out and thank you also to:

Raceline Wheels, multi-piece alloy wheels that handle any conditions.  http://www.racelinewheels.com

TNT Customs, Cheyenne, WY.  Master Your Terrain.
http://www.tntcustoms.com

ARB USA, Air Lockers and 4x4 Accessories.
http://www.arbusa.com

WARN Industries, off-road equipment and accessories.
http://www.warn.com
#BFG #bfgoodrichtires #warn #metalcloak #cloakedrepublic


Saturday, July 7, 2018

NOT A GOOD FOLLOWER?

LACK OF UNITY IN MOTORIZED ENTHUSIASTS


Why Are We Not Good Followers?


By Del Albright


Why would you expect a person like me (four wheeler, dune buggier, old dirt biker, wanna-be snowmobiler) who is living the American Dream of Freedom of Expression to be a good follower?  Why should I not be completely skeptical?  Why is it we have such a hard time following another volunteer?

Here is what I have found that hinders us from being good followers.

Well first off, we are pretty territorial.  Turf battles are not uncommon in the OHV world.  Membership struggles are a constant reminder that we want to hang onto our own; no matter what and no matter how ineffective we or our group might be.

Secondly, we’re self-serving sometimes. We want our own kingdoms (and trails and freedoms).  We certainly, again, do not want to lose our memberships to other groups or organizations.  I experienced this first hand when I helped start NAMRC.  All NAMRC does is coordinate, facilitate, and find common solutions to common problems.  But it took several YEARS to even have the first meeting.  I, personally, had to take one public bashing at an annual convention that I will never forget over starting NAMRC.  People get pretty possessive about the sport and organization they love.

Third, we have learned in today’s society to distrust.  We do not trust government.  We do not trust the anti-access folks.  And many times we do not trust each other.  And if a big national group is not doing something immediately recognizable for a local group, the distrust surfaces instantly.  And distrust certainly does not generate unity or donations.

Fourth, we do not have enough money.  The anti-access folks have tons of folks working full time for their cause.  Do we?  No.  Do we even find room in our budgets to send folks to important meetings?  Sometimes; but it is always a struggle.  We are not there enough when we need to be.  We do not have enough full time folks working for our cause. Yet, we still have wins, especially large national groups like the BlueRibbon Coalition and their legal team: https://sharetrails.org/legal-current/

Fifth, I have to address personalities.  Yes, I am suggesting that we are susceptible to personality management – managing by personalities.  You joined your local club probably because you liked the people in it.  It is only natural.  We like to associate with folks we like. We operate in clicks.  So if a national figure or group does not wrap your winch, you most likely will not consider him/her a leader for you.  (Read more on Do Personalities Rule Your Recreation?).

It would be nice if we could get away from personalities, turf, self-serving, and all the other things that hold us back.  We need to hitch our horses to one lead horse/group, while still maintaining our individual places on the team. Old timers who refuse get it, or young whipper-snappers who will not follow the rules, need to park their junk and stay off our trails until they DO get it.

The bottom line is money.  At one time, I ran a large volunteer fire department as part of my other life.  Volunteers were hard to come by. Volunteerism throughout the nation is on the decline.  The solution inevitably seems to be paying volunteers to volunteer.  

People have too many priorities these days and are just too busy to do everything.  So we provide an incentive -–money.  It is the way the anti-access "greenies" operate.  It is time for us to do it too.

Yes, I would rather put more bucks in my rig.  Yes, I would love to have a new RV.  But just maybe, it is time for me to kick some more money into groups saving our trails rather than get that new goodie this year.  Heck, if I do not, maybe I will not have a place to use my junk before it is all over?

It is time to talk as one; to fight as a team; to be good followers; and to have a united front against those who want us to park our rigs in the garage and leave them there. Freedom is at stake.

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Del


Thursday, July 5, 2018

ADVENTURE AWAITS OFF-PAVEMENT

ADVENTURE AWAITS; BUT NOT FOR LONG.


We Must All Do Our Part to Keep Trails Open.


By Del Albright

Whether it's rocks, mud or just off-pavement adventure, we MUST ALL do our part to keep these hobbies and passions alive.

Please do not get caught sitting on the couch thinking someone else will do it for you.  Just figure out what YOU can do and DO IT.

It all helps and we can all make a difference.
See here for more on what one person can do:
http://m.delalbright.com/jobs.html

Remember: Only YOU can prevent trail closures.

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Del