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In government today, much of the disunity is caused by different groups pushing their own agenda. In the news, we read that the President has his agenda. Congress has one, also. Within Congress, there are various subgroups with their differing agendas. And the citizens push for their own agendas. Usually, these agendas do not agree. Then government breaks down, nothing seems to get accomplished, and citizens riot in the street to express their displeasure with the whole process. In state and local governments we find the same problem. Often someone runs for office on a specific agenda. If it gets accomplished, he loses interest in the rest of the process because he accomplished what he set out to do. He does not have a wider view of the purpose of the body that he was elected to serve. Then he becomes an ineffective member of the body. The same thing happens in nonprofit organizations, churches, and even small social clubs. Because members have differing views and agendas, chaos and dissension win the day. Some members leave the organization in disgust or become unruly and uncooperative.

So what is to be done to bring people together? General Henry M. Robert, who wrote the parliamentary authority Robert’s Rules of Order, had a very good solution to this problem. He would get the group together and look carefully at the purpose or object of the organization which is found at the beginning of bylaws and constitutions. When the members understood what the mission or purpose was, and agreed to it, the dissension ended and so did the differing agendas. The object or purpose of any organization is the unifying factor and the basis from which to govern, make motions and righteous decisions.

Little Ben says: So if too many agendas are dividing your organization, let the purpose of your organization bring unity so all can work together for good. Look carefully at the reason your organization exists. Get everyone on board, act from that basis and then go forward together. Go to www.parli.com for more articles and books and DVD’s on conducting meetings and governing organizations according to Robert’s Rules of Order.