Guild Leadership :: Priorities in Expansion Preparation

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This new day-job thing I have has gotten me thinking a lot about priorities, both in general and in my own life. It seems as though I never, ever have enough time in the day for work and that I never, ever have enough time in the evening for other stuff. The other day, on my way home from work, I was trying to prioritize the things I had to do that evening and I realized that I had unconsciously “put on my guild master hat”. By that, I mean that I had slipped into my GM-mode, in which I get all business-like and want to tackle problems. I got home and had figured out what I wanted to do, in which order, and then I started in on those tasks.

One of a guild leader’s best tools is the ability to properly prioritize things, particularly in terms of end-of-expansion/start-of-expansion stuff. That’s what we’ll be looking at today.

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Guild Leadership :: What Makes a Guild a Guild?

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My dear readers, I find myself in a somewhat philosophical mood as I sit down to write this column. I read a very interesting question on Twitter last week:

This is an excellent question. Let’s explore some answers together, shall we?

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Guild Leadership :: Confidential Conversations

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Earlier this week, we talked about Difficult Conversations. Today, we’re going to talk a little bit about another job that guild leaders take on when they become guild leaders.

“Hi there, Kurn,” the private message might start, “I’m so sorry I missed (the raid, BG, CM, etc), but…”

As a guild leader, you are going to get a lot of excuses. Some of them are probably laughable. Some of them are probably quite serious. But some of them require a delicate touch. Enter the Confidential Conversation, where you, the guild leader, play the role of therapist.

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Guild Leadership :: Difficult Conversations

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One of the toughest parts of being a guild leader is having those awkward, difficult conversations. If someone isn’t pulling their weight in a group activity, if an applicant isn’t fitting in, you may have to step in and give them the news that they need to step down or leave the guild. These are often difficult conversations to have, particularly if you’re an empathetic sort of individual, because they generally elicit an emotional reaction. Most people want to avoid them at all costs.

Still, at some point, you must have these kinds of talks for the betterment of your guild. Let me lead you through some steps to make it easier on everyone.

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Guild Leadership :: Cleaning Up the Roster

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World of Warcraft currently permits only 1000 characters in a guild. While only a very few guilds are going to bump up against that limit, inevitably, some of them will. Some may come close to the limit, but only a few guilds will ever see that bump.

However, the end of an expansion may be a good time to go through your roster and clean it up. I know a lot of guild masters can’t stand to see people in their rosters who haven’t been online in a long time. This chore has always led to interesting questions for me, particularly given how I approach guild leadership.

How long do you feel is “too long” between log-ins for your guildmates, to the point where you’ll remove them from the guild for inactivity? That’s what we’ll tackle today.

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