2b1ask1 is a mantra familiar to every mason today. But does it work? The mechanism behind the aphorism simply implying that if someone wants to be a mason, they need to ask one. Short, simple, and to the point. The phrase encompasses the admonition that no Mason will (or can) ask someone to join … [Read more...] about Is 2b1ask1 Working?
BRYCE ON MANAGEMENT Learn to avoid the whiners. Like many of you, I belong to several civic and industrial nonprofit organizations. I always find it amusing to see the elders of such organizations criticize the current slate of officers. Inevitably, you hear, "That's not how we did things in my … [Read more...] about The Perils of Negativity
Is fairness in the eye of the beholder? BRYCE ON MORALITY Good question. This is something we all demand but I don't think we really know what fair is; to illustrate: In this country we have established an extensive system of jurisprudence involving lawyers, judges, juries, appeals, etc. Yet, … [Read more...] about What is Fair?
It's not exactly "rocket science" but some people still don't know how to do it. Recently I was adding up the number of Board of Directors I have served on over the years for nonprofit organizations. This includes computer societies, fraternal organizations, homeowner associations, even Little … [Read more...] about Managing a Nonprofit Organization
I spent some time talking with the author of Managing the Future of Freemasonry: The Book of Optimism, Dr. David West, about his work, the past and future of Freemasonry and what is at stake in moving into 21st-century fraternalism. Some of his ideas may surprise you, but when you consider what he … [Read more...] about Managing the Future of Freemasonry – An Interview with Dr David West
I first wrote this article for FreemasonInformation.com back on March 11th, 2007. We tried it in my own Lodge shortly thereafter with remarkable results. The Craft was able to voice their opinions in a controlled environment, thereby stimulating participation and attendance, and helped officers … [Read more...] about Bryce’s Masonic Planning Seminar
Particularly in financial management. BRYCE ON NONPROFITS In 2014, a Vancouver Masonic Temple suffered through the embarrassment of an embezzlement of nearly $800,000 by its Treasurer. The Treasurer belonged to a Building Fund which housed various Masonic Lodges and youth groups. The … [Read more...] about The Need for Checks and Balances in Nonprofits
Probably the best way to differentiate between a commercial enterprise and a nonprofit organization is by asking, “Who serves who?” Whether it is a small business or a major corporation, the commercial enterprise is primarily concerned with serving its customers. In general, such companies will go … [Read more...] about Who Serves Who?
One in an ongoing series I've planned to look at. The ideas expressed could probably apply to all walks fo life, from your work place, to the Lodge Room. Each one of us are leaders in one way or another, and these are lessons to help us be better. In this video Four star general Stanley … [Read more...] about Leadership
Brother Timothy Hogan, who you may remember spent some time with us on Masonic Central some months back appeared as a guest on the Occult of Personality podcast this week. Timothy has in the past contributed some of his work here in his piece Gnostic Reflections in Freemasonry and appeared on the … [Read more...] about Timothy Hogan on OoP