You shouldn’t consider being an officer…
- If you can’t commit the time
- If you view it as a simple title without responsibility
- If you have thin skin and cannot handle flak from anyone
- If you cannot be objective
- If you get extremely frustrated
- If you are impatient
- If you set a poor example for other players
- If you are not willing to act
- If you cannot control your temper
- If you don’t have the energy
- If you have absolutely zero sense of tact
- If you are routinely and consistently late to events (raids)
- If you are unable to put yourself in the shoes of others
- If you cannot be objective when it comes to guild matters
- If you have a flair for drama
- If you are only good at delivering criticism without feedback
- If you view it as a free ride to loot
- If you’re too new and haven’t gained respect from your peers
- If you are not available for players to reach you (within reason)
- If you are not reliable
- If you just don’t care
- If you want to date the GM (Hah)
- If you don’t want to
I’m sure you can find exceptions and success stories of those who do fall under one or two of the above bullet points. Think of these as more general guidelines. It’s nigh impossible to find the perfect officer. They may have a few flaws about them but a shrewd GM can find ways to minimize their shortcomings and capitalize on their strengths. The process of becoming an officer is going to vary. With Conquest, it usually happens when I ask someone directly. I actually prefer it if players communicate their interest in assuming more responsibilities and I’ll observe their capabilities and interactions. Makes it a little easier, I think.
In the history of Conquest, I’ve had the pleasure of working with 13 different officers since the inception of the guild. We formed during the fall of 2008, when Wrath of the Lich King came out. We’ve been around for 5 years. That’s a rate of 2.6 officers per year. Now I’m curious, how many officers have served in your guild total?
6 NBA championships.
14 NBA All-Star Selections.
10 NBA scoring titles.
Ranked No. 1 by ESPN’s Top 100 Athletes of the 20th century.
His all-time leading scoring title in one All-Star game history was recently broken by one Kobe Bryant.
Michael Jordan played the majority of his career for the Chicago Bulls before taking over a front office position with the Washington Wizards.
Have you heard of a TV show called Suits? It’s my favourite drama to watch from the USA network right now and they’ve just started airing new episodes a couple of weeks ago. There are some minor spoilers in today’s post from last week’s plot.
Here it goes.
One of the leading characters, Harvey, is a senior partner in the fictional law firm Pearson-Hardman. He goes up to his boss Jessica, and says to her that he wants his name on the door. She then proceeds to tell Harvey a story about Michael Jordan because she knew this day would come.
Looking up from her desk, Jessica asks,“Harvey, what was Michael Jordan’s record on the Bulls?”
“664 wins, 285 losses.” Harvey confidently responded.
“More than twice as many wins and losses. Do you know what his record was in the front office?”
“185 wins to 291 losses. Almost twice as many losses as wins.”
The lesson Jessica was getting to is that just because someone is a star on the court doesn’t mean they can translate their skills off the court.
Next time someone asks to be an officer and you don’t think they’re quite ready for that role yet, tell them this story about Michael Jordan that Jessica relayed to Harvey. Some people are better off playing than they are managing.
Success on the meters doesn’t always translate to success in a leadership role.
Language is slightly NSFW.
We’re about to enter our 4th expansion. There’s enough new players that haven’t seen this video yet but it’s something I wanted to share. If you think your raid leader was brutal, wait until you watch this classic Onyxia wipe raid video. If you ever wondered where Many Whelps! Handle It came from, this is it!
A large number of players today would most likely wilt under that kind of pressure and environment. Me? I don’t know. I’ve played under leaders like that before and it was a different experience. I felt like I thrived and played at near my peak. I wasn’t really motivated by fear or anything. There’s just something appealing I find when I get (quite literally) get yelled at for screwing up. My officers know this and won’t hesitate to get in my face because they know the right buttons to press (They don’t care that I’m the GM :\).
Anyway, it’s a quick video I wanted to share this morning. For the older veterans, I’m sure it’ll bring a slight grin to your face. For the newer guys, that’s what you missed out on during vanilla.
Remind me to show you guys that Sebudai poster next week.
Remember the days in school where your favourite teacher was away?
Maybe she was sick or needed a personal day.
Then the sub would roll in with a giant, CRT television that was Velcro strapped to a cart and you thought to yourself, “YES! It’s going to be one of those days!”
Getting a substitute teacher is like a day off. Subs were mainly there to supervise and hand out homework. Sometimes they weren’t able to teach the lesson plans your main teacher already had in place.
Once in a while, you dice rolled into a teacher who unexpectedly knew their stuff (I once had a Caucasian teacher who spoke fluent mandarin and taught the class pretty well. Not bad).
In your raid, what happens when your raid leader’s out cold? Maybe he stayed up too late watching Starcraft 2 tournaments while excessively drinking.*
* That has never happened. It’s completely hypothetical.
Chances are you have several fall back plans at your disposal:
- Cancel raid – Worse case scenario. Wasted raid night. Players get to relax and have a night off.
- Delay – Not a bad option. Instead of tossing the whole night, you end up tossing 30 minutes or an hour. Dismiss your players and have them regroup at a specified time. This allows them to engage in other activities.
- Run a different raid – Could go knock out a specific raid achievement that doesn’t require a full roster or tackle another boss that has a specific drop that are still improvements for certain players.
- Down size – Only applicable to 25 man raid groups. Viable option if a progression boss is later on in the instance. You can speed up the process by sending in a small team to knock out some of the earlier bosses that aren’t needed. Downside is that this isn’t applicable to hard mode raiding because you’ll end up being saved to that specific lockout (and it applies to raid size).
- Run with someone else quarterbacking – Every raid leader needs a number 2. This is their chance to prove they can function as a number 1.
In most cases, the last option is the most viable. A 25 man guild is likelier to have other players capable of stepping in to lead compared to a 10 man
Like the substitute teacher, the substitute raid leader suffers from 1 problem:
No one takes them seriously
The newly promoted raid leader is usually one of the boys who’s a raider or an officer not normally known to raid lead.
There’s still a raid going on! There’s still internet dragons that need to be killed!
Just because there’s an absence doesn’t give you the license to mess around card. He might have a different style of running the show but you as a raid team need to give him that support! They may not have the months or years of experience that your primary raid leader has but give them a shot! It’s upsetting to see that when the cat’s away the mice will play. Most of you don’t raid 7 days a week and you have nights off where you can relax and do other stuff anyway. Of the nights where you do raid, your raid leader (whoever it happens to be) needs your undivided attention and focus.
Don’t just dismiss them.
Give them a chance to show what they can do.
Dragons don’t just spontaneously lie down. They still need you and your raid to work together.