Crossroads 2018: Persona non grata in effect

“To state the facts frankly is not to despair the future nor indict the past.”
~ John F. Kennedy ~

Presented by

Tim

Editor-in-Chief & Senior Staff Writer

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen,
A number of years ago now I came across a piece authored by Zero & Merticus; Atlanta Vampire Alliance [AVA] & Suscitatio Enterprises, LLC entitled Real Vampire Community Personal Safety & Privacy Awareness, and it would be fair to say that it forever changed my perspective, and my feelings about safety in the online and offline Vampire and associated communities. We were permitted to reproduce by permission, the piece at RVL and it forms part of our “Information for new arrivals” section.

In both online and offline scenarios Real Vampire Life is committed, always, to the safety of the people who occupy the culture, who turn to us for advice, who come to us for recommendations. Recently we have been apprised of a new and important initiative in this arena, namely, Clan Rahamdalph’s Community Offenders Registry and Archive of Evidence. We will be speaking with the Rev. Dr. Lord Aramond about that initiative very soon.

In meantime, it is, for me, a solemn duty to make the following known;

Declaration of Persona non grata – Jonathan Michael Butkovsky

Vampires of Chicago,
Friends and Supporters Alliance

In addressing the matter of Jonathan Michael Butkovsky (a.k.a Loren Vargo/Mix Tabal Bouda-Lycaon/”King” Lycaon) and The Vampire Court of Chicago, its supporters and allies.

 

Know this, BY THE WILL OF THE SIGNATORIES HEREIN,

Let it be known throughout the Vampire, Therian, Otherkin, Pagan, and Kithani communities that Jonathan Michael Butkovsky (a.k.a. Loren Vargo/Mix Tabal Bouda-Lycaon/”King” Lycaon) has been declared “Persona non Grata” in Illinois and allied regions represented by the signatories. He is hereby EXCOMMUNICATED and EXILED from the Vampire, Therian, Otherkin, and Kithani Communities including all Clans, Tribes, Courts, Houses, Covens, Packs etc. represented by the signatories.

Let it also be known that Jonathan Michael Butkovsky (a.k.a. Loren Vargo/Mix Tabal Bouda-Lycaon/”King” Lycaon) has been:

Formally denounced, sanctioned and stripped of their recognition within the community by the leadership of the Vampire, Therian, Otherkin, and Kithani Communities in San Antonio, Houston and Austin.

Given the status of “invisible person”, his name is to be, and should be, avoided/ not used in conversation for any reason.

He is hereby denied the “Right of Sanctuary” from all private havens, private Vmadea, or any other such places that “Sanctuary” can be called upon or given as represented by the signatories to this document.

He shall be treated as “Invisible” at all public events and gatherings by all members of the Vampire, Therian, Otherkin, and Kithani Communities as represented by the signatories.

We, the undersigned, find that in the face of evidence and documents issued by Clan Rahamdalph of Houston and The Voices of the Vampire Community (V.V.C.) we have no recourse but to put the preservation, and safety, of our organisations, their members and our community first and foremost. This dictates that we must take action.

Jonathan Michael Butkovsky (a.k.a. Loren Vargo/Mix Tabal Bouda-Lycaon/”King” Lycaon) has demonstrated on multiple occasions, over a period of years, that he is incapable, or unwilling, to control his own actions and conduct. This is NOT the behaviour of a reasonable and responsible member of ANY society.

ALL attempts to find peaceful and fair resolutions have failed in several cities across the country thus further demonstrating a complete unwillingness to perceive any viewpoint, nor follow any course, other than his own, a viewpoint and course which, by posts made at the newly established Vampire Court of Chicago and threats of violent nature made against other members of the communities nationally, demonstrate his apparent instability.

It is also to be observed that he is making attempts to make contact with female members of the local culture whom appear to be underage and is promoting events as “child friendly”. Given history and observations from other states and persons we must question the motives behind these actions.

This has become a safety issue for ALL nightside creatures; therian, otherkin, & vampire alike. HE has made it clear that he has nothing but ill will towards the Vampire Community as a whole & that he will stop at nothing to try & bring us down by any means necessary. Even if it means the fall of the therian packs as well.

Unfortunately, his actions, both current and past, have taken any decision out of our hands and, as this has now become a community safety issue of his own making, it is felt that we must uphold a declaration of “Persona non Grata Sin Nominee” and the Excommunication & Exile of Jonathan Michael Butkovsky (a.k.a. Loren Vargo/Mix Tabal Bouda-Lycaon/”King” Lycaon) from our community, events, havens, gatherings, meetings & all members of the Vampire, Therian, & Otherkin communities.

From this point forward he and his supporters and associates stand alone and outside of the society of Vampire, Therian and Otherkin communities.

So mandated this 19th day of April, 2018.

Signatories, (in alphabetical order)

Casata Resurrectus Italia, Italy.
Dark Nations
House Nepenthe, Chicago.
House of The Dreaming
House Pride of Asura, NYC.
Iron Garden, Safe Haven for NJ Nightkind
Lady Danann DD., DAC., HPS. Founder Coven of the Northern Lights, MI.
Lady Lilith Pheonix, Ordo Daemonae, Detroit, MI.
Order of The Pheonix, Georgia.
Reaper Wolf, King of NOLA Wolfkin and Pack Alpha of the Zanval WP.
T&M Bey, RVL & Vampyres of Chicago.
The BratPrince of Chicago, VTOC Chicago.
Vampire Community of Detroit
Vampires, Therians & Otherkin of Chicago.

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Photo of Chicago at night (2012) by velgos.com

Chicago Strong…!

Grateful acknowledgement and many thanks go to all the persons and signatories who attended and assisted this matter, and in the preparation of this notice.

Copyright RVL, Clan Rahamdalph & ALL signatories named here, 2018

Please Note: As this is a Safety advisory – Any person, House, Organisation or other body within the Vampyre and associated culture and communities may copy and reproduce this article at their own website or web page for the reference of their members, guests and visitors.

Refs:
https://realvampirenews.com/breaking-news-a-flamin-good-flipper-a-new-dance-in-chicago/

https://realvampirenews.com/vvc-global-statement-of-warning/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ClanRahamdalph.RegistryandArchives/

 

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A real “Mix” up in Chicago…

Photo of Chicago at night (2012) by velgos.com

Researched, Written, edited and Presented by

Tim

Foreword

Good evening ladies and gentlemen,
This “Crossroads” editorial is published under my bye-line, it is one of the perks of working for J. that if something really, really important to one of his staff comes up they have individual spaces to write as they will, spaces that are, by and large, set aside from the main RVL stream.

This editorial reflects the opinions of a number of Chicago Vampires, real Vampires, it represents the point of view of some lifelong resident Chicago Vamps who are very proud of their city and the Vampire enclave in it.


 

In a culture such as ours it is often inevitable that things become magnified, sometimes out of proportion, sometimes the smallest issues seem to take on a life of their own… and grow, and grow and grow without any real feeding…

THIS IS NOT ONE OF THOSE TIMES

Let me ask you a question, have you ever been on the north side with around four or five hundred Irish lads at a Dropkicks gig? Ever been on a CTA at one am, alone? Ever been in a Westside parking structure at midnight? Ever been wandering around alone in Englewood at two a.m.? No? Why?

Chicago is a tough town, it can get real hard, real quick for a stranger who doesn’t know the city and that’s why people don’t generally march in here and start “laying down the law”… except for maybe one stranger that is…

This situation is real, it is now and it poses a real threat, a “clear and present danger” and a crisis for the Vampire community in Chicago and surrounding areas.

Recently RVL made reports in two publications, “A flamin’ good flipper and a new dance in Chicago” and “VVC Global Statement of Warning” regarding the establishment of a new Vampire Court in Chicago. We have, following on from the latter article, been conducting our own inquiries into events that are unfolding in Chicago.

The first thing that strikes us as curious is that a post, made by Loren Vargo (a.k.a. Jonathan Michael Butkovsky, Mix Tabal Bouda-Lycaon, Mix Bouda, “King” Lycaon) let’s not go with the King bit just yet eh? That stated, “Join us or die trying” disappeared after being captured by observers. This seemed to be in keeping with the “challenge” to a “fight to the death” that Butkovsky (as Loren Vargo) issued to Dr. Rev. Lord Aramond VanRahamdalph of Houston.

“Tombstone”
Hollywood Pictures
Cinergi Pictures
Entertainment, 1993

This is a very serious issue, it points both to the mental instability of this so-called “King” but also seems to be inciting or invoking criminal activity. That, readers, is NOT the manner of a well-balanced and normal operating person, be they were, vamp or whatever he is claiming to be these days. He has, we find, already been exiled and excommunicated from San Antonio, Austin, Houston and I am awaiting information from Denver as to his presence and time there.

I have obtained, and been given full permission to reproduce, the following comments from recent conversations and information available by the goodwill of Lord Aramond of Clan Rahamdalph.

Please see:

Clan Rahamdalph’s Community Offenders Registry and Archives of Evidence.

Reproduced by permission

 

In addition, we have ascertained, by direct contact with the venue, that the event that is claimed to be booked for the July 4th, this “Black Ball” has NOT been booked and the event Co-ordinators office there has no knowledge of this organisation nor anyone connected with it…

Why would someone lie about such a matter? Is this “Vampire Court” trying to lure people to a particular location for some purpose? If you attempt to buy a ticket for the event you end up being directed to a page for “King Lycaon” which informs you that you have to contact him, and it provides a telephone number. Again… WHY?

 

I know that hundreds of people, the “management” of RVL included, tuned in last week to listen to King Maven Lore of the Vampire Court of New Orleans broadcast the “telephone message” that he received from Butkovsky. Personally I found it difficult to make out anything coherent in between the swearing and cursing… real class eh? For those who missed it…

Special Re”Mix” Edition Broadcast

 

However you read and/or choose to interpret things we are, I would suggest, facing a real crisis here. Are we going to allow this person into our city, into our clubs, into our presence based on the fact that he “hasn’t done anything here”?

May I remind you of certain “tenets” of the new “Chicago Law”… according to this VCC…

The Chicago Law

Vampire progeny must be approved through the Vampire Council if the childe has not awakened themselves. Turning is forbidden until approval is gained.

All Vampires within the territories of Chicago are subject to this court’s laws and rulings.

All Vampires within the Chicago territories are expected to make formal introductions to the court through contact with a council member.

This self-proclaimed “King” set up shop here and the first thing that happens is we are TOLD that we are ALL subject to his Laws and Rulings… not sure how that made you feel fellow Chicagoans.

“Dead in Tombstone”
Universal 1440 Entertainment
Capital Arts Entertainment
Rebel Entertainment, 2013.

Seriously, in the main, we don’t even really like rival sport teams coming into our city – why would we allow an “outsider” to set himself up as “King”?

If the allegations and reports from Houston, Austin, NOLA, Denver and other ports are to be given credence; if the VVC’s Global Warning is to be given any credence – with all the proof which that organisation, among others, has amassed, then what we have here is a vicious and stealthy predator who is here to prey on both the community in Chicago and, heavens forbid, innocents outside the control, and therefore protection, of our Chicago enclaves.

 

Question is, what can be done about it?

As we know, and must recognise, legally, until he commits a crime the police will do nothing. That much has already been ascertained through personal experience of yours truly… (in two countries.)

What about a good old fashioned Chicago style welcome…?

“The Godfather”
Paramount Pictures &
Alfran Productions, 1972

Probably wouldn’t register the significance…

What about we just ignore and block everything that he and/or the VCC comes out with? Persona non Grata perhaps?

Now, whether he chooses to acknowledge, remember or recall, or not, some years back now I engaged with Mr. Butkovsky when he was neck deep in trouble in Texas, I spoke with people in the culture down there, I listened to ALL the sides of the matter and then I tried to help Mr. Butkovsky to see where he was, possibly, in error and by what measure he might recover the situation. My advice was refused, outright, until it came to the point where I could see absolutely no way forward. Today I am sitting here faced with the self-same situation and I realise that there has been NO learning from the mistakes of the past and that, in point of fact, the same mistakes are now being repeated in a different city. So, if you’re going to try and criticise me for speaking about something I don’t know about, don’t bother, this ain’t my first rodeo.

Mr. Butkovsky has, in my opinion, made the following critical errors of judgment;

1) He has waltzed into one of the toughest cities in the United States and started laying down “Rules” for us to follow while carrying the burden of a “Global Community Warning” issued against him.

2) If he had followed the advice his own Court has posted, in entering a new area respectfully, introducing oneself and abiding by the societal rules already in place, this whole thing might not have blown up in his face.

3) When faced with the knowledge of such mistakes, rather than attempt to correct them, he has continued to maintain an air at once both combative and disrespectful to the Vampires residing in this area.

“How much you can learn when you fail determines how far you will go into achieving your goals.” ― Roy Bennett

Thanks Roy but…ahhhh… what if you learn nothing?

Whatever path we in Chicago decide to take, individually, I believe that it is important that we, collectively, send out a strong message that no one gets to waltz in here and “TELL” us how things are gonna be, by posting a proclamation of “RULES”…

Quote: “The Vampire Court will govern the Vampire law for all of Chicago’s Vampires.”…

Uh… Chicago Vamps govern Chicago Vamps – END OF STORY MISTER BUTKOVSKY.

 

As an addendum to this report I made contact, once again, with Rev. Dr. Aramond VanRahamdalph, in Houston, and posed a few questions to get a better feel for what has been going on since I was in contact with Butkovsky.

RVL: My dear Rev. Dr. Aramond Sebastian Van Rahamdalph, welcome back to RVL, we appreciate, as always, you sharing a little of your valuable time with us. We would also like to thank you for assisting us in investigating the extraordinary, and quite bizarre, business going on in Chicago at present.

LA: You’re most welcome, It’s a pleasure to be back, and I will help as much as I can with any problems our community faces.

RVL: As you are aware the subject of our inquiries, one Loren Vargo (a.k.a Mix Tabal Bouda-Lycaon) has set up a “Vampire Court”, proclaimed himself King and posted the Court Rules for our city… can we ask, what is, or was, your immediate reaction to this event?

LA: It’s a disgrace to our community.
It’s a slap in the face of every leader that has ever worked hard bringing their community together, a slap in the face of all the new leaders who have started out doing things with the right goals and ideals, and a slap in the face of every community member in the Chicago & surrounding areas who wants a real organization to unite the local community.

RVL: Now, you, within Clan Rahamadalph, already issued, prior to the VVC’s Global Warning, a declaration of “Persona non Grata” against this person, can you give us a little insight into what prompted that action?

LA: Yes, Mix’s/Loren’s Excommunication/Exile was issued throughout the Greater Houston Area originally about four years ago when I was still the elected King of the Houston Court, and it was reissued about two years ago by my clan after I stepped down as the king to rebuild the Houston council with the other local leaders; most of whom (if not all) still uphold it to this day.
The initial decision for the Excommunication/Exile came after the fact that he had contacted, harassed, and either threatened or attacked many of our community’s female members. The second and final decision was made after the fact of after many months of mild threats towards myself and court members Mix/Loren decided to take it even further and make actual death threats towards myself, my family, my lovers/SOs, and the entire court and Houston community that he had any contact with him in the past.

RVL: Quite aside from the fact of the “challenge to fight to the death” you recently received from him, and the recent alliance with the notorious Michael Vachmiel, do you have any opinions as to the motives for the actions that are taking place up here?

LA: His motives are as clear as day, he created the court with the intention of securing a place in that city’s community so his actions there with community members could not get him removed even if he was excommunicated/exiled there as well.
You could say – he pulled a Vach.
His other intention (and main reason) is to use his new title to goad Logan, Maven, Myself and any other leaders within the community that dislike him. He wants revenge, and he found a small way to get it through this new “court”.

RVL: Yesterday, in making telephone inquiries, we, among others, ascertained that the July 4th “Black Ball” booking of venue that has been announced by the “Court” is a complete fabrication. Why, in your opinion, would any organization make such claims?

LA: I heard about that.
I honestly could not fathom any respectable organization making such false claims. Yet considering the individual we’re dealing with in this case, I would probably hate to know his real reasons for doing it.

RVL:…are you aware, at this time Lord Aramond, of any past or pending criminal proceedings or judgments involving Mix in Texas or any other State?

LA: I know of a warrant he has in Austin, though I don’t know what it’s for. Other than that, I don’t know of anything since he left Texas.

RVL: In closing, without wishing to put you on the spot, what advice would you give to Chicago’s Vampire community, and their friends, at this time?

LA: I would say to steer clear of Mix/Loren, come together and build something for the community that has real meaning to you and yours. Do not let him or his “friends/allies” intimidate you, or threaten you. Stand together, and stand tall. 

RVL: Rev. Dr. Lord Aramond van Rahamadalph we thank you for being here today, thank you for your concern for the real living Vampires in our area. We will, if you do not mind, continue to stay in touch with you as this crisis unfolds.

LA: You are most welcome, please do stay in touch, and I will let you know if/when I find out anything new.

It would seem, very much, as though we are not dealing with a one off flash in the pan situation here but the latest in a long line of anti-Vampire culture misdeeds by a serial troublemaker… LET’S NOT GIVE HIM THE ROOM ON OUR PLAYING FIELD CHICAGO…!!!

 

Copyright TB 2018

Ref: Clan Rahamdalph’s Community Offenders Registry and Archives of Evidence

NB: Where used, quoted portions of other works are reproduced by permission, or under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, wherein allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research.

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So, you want your own empire? Part III

Star Wars Matte Painting –
Harrison Ellenshaw
via The Art of VFX

 

Researched, Written, Edited and Presented by

Tim

Come on now, you didn’t seriously think you were going to get through this without at least one Star Wars pic did you?

Good evening ladies, gentlemen and budding group leaders, I do hope your plans and schemes are progressing well?

So, after “So, you want your own empire?” and “So, you want your own empire? Part 2” we arrive at the concluding considerations. You have your core, you have your plan, you have your structure and the operational nature of your group pinned down – congratulations, we really need to look, now, at the single most important aspect of the entire process… YOU

What sort of leader are you going to be?

In any “team”, “task group”, “social club”, online or off-line group there needs to be leadership – without proper leadership you have a puddle of “jakshit”. Many groups will, ultimately, falter, if not fail in aim and purpose for a) lack of leadership, or b) improper application of leadership.

In making your group you have obviously made the statement, “I believe that I have what it takes to be a leader.” Now, it’s time to live up to that.

Leadership styles vary greatly dependent upon circumstances, purpose, goal and personal likes/dislikes. For example, if you are asked to head up a “task group” at work to establish the operating procedures for a new corporate requirement that you do not agree with you have two choices, 1) Be professional, give it everything you’ve got in order to get ‘corporate’ exactly what they want, or, 2) Give it only so much effort as is necessary to establish the fact that Corporate wants this but lead no change in methodology to reinforce and support that requirement… Where do you stand on such things?

Leading your own “group” is an entirely different animal. You have time, creativity, best intentions and passion invested… you don’t want it to fail because if it does that will be seen as a personal reflection on you… or does it? This is one of the unrealistic, subliminal pressures that “leaders” place on themselves if they haven’t fully considered the position.

Realise several things,

  • You are NOT infallible, you are a human being (yes, I know, Vampirism etc. notwithstanding)
  • You are NOT superhuman, much as you may like to consider yourself. You will get tired, angry, emo, hungry, thirsty, sleepy, overworked, downright frustrated and all other such things that occupy everyday life… don’t fight it, let it roll over you. The harder you try and tighten your grip the more grains of sand will run through your fingers.
  • You have, hopefully, installed A STAFF, be it big or small, to share your vision and passion and to help in the administration of the “group” when you are on “downtime”.
  • Take time out for YOU… you absolutely cannot be the best for anyone else unless you are the best you can be for yourself first.

    (Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

    So, with the “think about number one” under consideration, how are you going to conduct your leadership role?

    In this there are a number of choices.
    “Democratic rule (meaning “rule of the people”) Oligarchy (meaning “rule of the few”) and Autocracy (a system of government in which supreme power,both social and political, is concentrated in the hands of one person.)”

    These are the three prime states of government, your task is to choose which one you intend to apply to your particular group.

    If, for example, you were to choose “Democracy” then you would necessarily have to decide what type of democracy you are going to employ. Will it be “‘Direct Democracy’ in which the people represent themselves and vote directly for new laws and public policy? Will it be “Representative Democracy” wherein the people or citizens of a country elect representatives to create and implement public policy? Will it be a “Totalitarian Democracy” which refers to a system of government in which lawfully elected representatives maintain the integrity of a nation state whose citizens, while granted the right to vote, have little or no participation in the decision-making process of the government?

…annnnnnnd so on and so forth…

“Nineteen Eighty-Four”
Umbrella-Rosenblum Films Production & Virgin Benelux in association with
Virgin Schallplatten and Virgin, 1984.

You may choose to simply say, “Screw y’all, I’m in charge and what I say goes…!!! End of discussion.” Hmmmm… think about that for a minute, how long do you think that will last if your members are independent, free-thinking and intelligent individuals?

You may choose to establish a “Council” of “Elders” to govern, wisely and democratically and represent, fairly and equally, all your members. In that you have to remember you can please some of the people some of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time but you can’t please all of the people all of the time. That, unfortunately, is not possible.

The other determining factor in the make-up of a Council is, how many members do you have? Do you have 10, 20, 30? Up to Twenty persons and I would suggest you do not have need of a Council, it’s simply going to annoy people who don’t get put on “The Council”

Let’s say you have 50 or 100 members, now you’re starting to get into the realm of “Council” country. Managing a group of this size, and keeping it relevant and up-to-date can’t be done by one or two people, not effectively and if that happens you will see stagnation and boredom setting in, then people start drifting away.

Running a group is a juggling act, it’s kinda like being a parent, a confidante, a besty and a priest all rolled into one. Be advised, it is NOT easy, never will be. You WILL end up doing most of the work, along with a trusted 2 or 3 admins and you will find that, unless you can create a vibrant, stimulating and creative atmosphere, that there may be 100 on your membership list but only 15 or 20 will regularly be active at any given time.

This is the position where you need to re-examine the role, meaning, goals and aims of the group.

Img. source: Eastham Vacation Guide/ Robin Lehr

You can’t just make a sandcastle on a beach and hope it’s just gonna stay there by itself – social groups are the same.

Your decision of leadership style and practices will, ultimately, be the “make or break” of your group and so it becomes, as I said, the single most important consideration in forming a new group. From your “tiny acorn” we are all hoping “mighty oaks” will grow but don’t bet your house on it… so to speak.

The decision you make will also determine what sort of people your group is going to attract as members.

If you have a basic anarcho-thrash fest group governed by a sarcastic “upper echelon” then you will attract rat-bags, walking-attitude machines and mouths without brains.

If you have a quiet, well regulated, comfortable group then you will attract the relaxed, intelligent and respectable people… yes, you’ll get hordes of rat-bags, coat-tail riders and trolls coming along but with proper membership methodology you’ll be able to deal with the riff-raff easily.


Simply put, “as ye sow, so shall ye reap”.

As “Leader” of the group, house, enclave, order or whatever your organisation is it will be up to you to not only represent your “group” in the public arena but you will need to ensure that your co-leaders can do the same. If you want to run into the crowded space yelling, “I’m King/Queen Shinybritches Pre-eminent Scallywag the 3rd of the Munificent Royal Principality of Narcissism”wellummm…no one’s gonna actually stop ya.

I can pretty much guarantee that almost everyone’s going to sit at their monitors and do one of several things;

Breathe out a profane name directed at you and go someplace else.

Laugh hysterically and call their spouse/S.O. to the monitor and say, “OMFG… Look at this dick/shit/crap (insert preferred profanity)…!!!”

Groan loudly, outwardly, and write you off as an insane and completely unreasonable member of the race of Homo-Sapiens-Sapiens-Vampyrus.

Mutter (with or without eye-rolling) “Fuck me sideways, not again…!!!”, and leave for the refrigerator/television/book/s.o or other, more stimulating, endeavours.

TRUTH.

Your approach to your new found leadership role is going to require tact, diplomacy, discretion and intelligence or you will find that you and your entire group will be, by and large, ignored except for those folks YOU think are nuts.

In this it is absolutely no different to finding “street cred” – you prove yourself to be a sane and reasonable person and leader, you engage, sensibly, with the greater culture and you exercise respect and remember you are NOT the almighty’s greatest gift to Vampire kind (btw, a great many of us don’t even attribute the almighty… be careful there too eh?)

Reputation is built up over time, if you want a good one, or, alternatively, pretty much overnight if you want a bad one. FIRST IMPRESSIONS are vital here.

In conclusion:

If someone were to ask me what are the five most important thing a leader needs to do I would draw on over 20 years of experience in management roles and I would say to them,

1)   Be fair but be firm. Apply the rules equally across the board.

2)   Don’t start fights that you have no hope of winning, in fact, just don’t start fights.

3)   Don’t pretend to be something you’re not, people will see through you straightaway.

4)   Trust yourself, stick to your guns but if you’re found in the wrong ADMIT it.

5)   Give RESPECT to get RESPECT, it’s not an automatic right.

Outside of that your group, any group will, hopefully be a fluid, dynamic and ever changing entity, go with it, roll with it, be flexible and adapt your plan to accommodate the changing needs of your members and your co-leaders. That will give you the vibrant and pro-active base on which you will build your glittering Empire.

Img. source: SSQQ.com

Good fortune…!

Copyright RVL, 2018

Refs:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_forms_of_government

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The views and opinions presented in this article are the opinions of the author and/or contributors and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of The Owner/s of RVL, their officers, assigns or agents. RVL and its officers do not personally, individually, or jointly necessarily recommend or condone any of the activities or practices represented.

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