B.R.O. Tips

Be a Bro

“Brotip #1544 – Whenever you think about giving up, think about why you’ve kept going this long”

“Brotip #100 – Being a bro has nothing to do with gender, if you’re rad and forever legit, you’ve got what it takes.”

“Brotip #1 – There’s a 99% chance that you’re awesome act like it.”

 

BroTips! In the five Session of the most recent National Convention, 2011-2012 Eastern Region Vice President Kenny Quick opened his session by sharing his favorite brotips with the audience. Brotips, found on brotips.com, are all about advice to young people. It doesn’t matter your gender, age or appearance, if you want solid tips for self-improvements brotips are for you.

I love brotips and often cruise the website to check out the latest tips. I’ve decided that the FFA could also use its own brotips, but ours are ‘remixed’ slightly. Nationwide in the FFA we have over 300 State FFA Officers and over 40,000 chapter officers. Being an officer in the FFA, regardless of the position or level, is a great honor. It’s one of the best vehicles we have to develop leadership, and to personally grow. But being an officer in the FFA is also a big responsibility. We represent a lot of different people, are accountable for success of our organization, and have to be relied on to make tough decisions.

Because of the importance of officers in the FFA, our Brotips are remixed so that ‘Bro’ stands for:

Being a

Reliable

Officer

From my experience as a chapter, state and national officer, these are my ‘Bro’ tips for being a reliable officer for your officer team and stay accountable for the membership you represent. Not an officer? These tips are for you too! Use these to stay reliable in any leadership role you have.

B.r.o. Tip #1 Set clear goals.

The first and quickest way to be a reliable officer is to have clearly defined goals in place. When your team’s vision is laid out, and the road to get there is clearly defined to all members, your year will be much more successful. You can use the goals to check if the team’s behavior aligns with the goals, and have a blueprint to hold each other accountable. It’s a great idea to remind your team of the goals throughout the year and edit them if needed. I suggest posting them somewhere: a poster in the Ag room or a chapter Facebook page.

 

B.r.o. Tip #2 Use a calendar or schedule or checklist.

A great way to become more reliable is to use some sort of schedule or calendar. Taking the time to use a calendar will make you much more organized. Additionally, keeping a checklist of deadlines and projects improve your organization. I like using an app called Wunderlist;  a great list maker where I keep everything that needs to be done. I keep it on my phone, sync it to my computer and can email it if needed.

 

B.r.o. Tip #3 Check yourself.

I love the saying, “Check yourself before you wreck yourself.” Many times being a reliable officer is about keeping tabs on yourself and evaluating your behavior.  Use your team’s goals or vision to check if your behavior aligns with it. I like to keep a journal, and at the end of each week, ask myself, “Did my actions move me towards my goals?” Are your actions moving the chapter towards its goals?

 

B.r.o. Tip #4 Find an accountability partner.

One of most useful things I’ve done to make me more reliable is find an accountability partner. An accountability partner is a person who knows your goals and aspirations, and then holds you accountable to achieving them. An accountability partner could know your chapter’s goals and hold your actions accountable to meeting those goals. These partners need to be trustworthy yet honest with you; it should be a person who wants to help you improve.

B.r.o. Tip #5 Know the “Why.”

This is the most important. Regardless of the different issues an officer faces – teammate conflict, POA deadlines, fundraising problems or anything else – you will be a much more reliable officer when you keep in mind the ‘WHY.’ The ‘WHY’ is your purpose for being an officer. Ask yourself, why did I run for this position? Is the purpose you ran for your elected leadership position because of selfish reasons? Or is to serve others? To give back? If your ‘WHY’ isn’t a positive one, then a quick self-evaluation is needed. This ‘Why’ should guide you and shape your actions. Take time to define and remind yourself of your “Why.”

Bro’s are reliable officers. Bro’s stay accountable for their membership. Bro’s can make the tough decisions. Use these tips to be the best officer you can be this year. Be a Bro!

~Brennan Costello

National FFA Central Region Vice President

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