It must have been January when a close friend and MPI colleague Ruud Janssen and myself were talking about the association model MPI had in place and how we would craft it when it was in our hands. We talked over the phone over a day and crafted a new model for MPI in Europe. Exactly answering the needs of Europe and formulating ambition to grow.
MPI has been in Europe for 20 years and back then the association-chapter model was copied and pasted across the Atlantic. That worked well, but Europe is a different continent. Ruud and myself worked as a volunteer leader on chapter level and on international level in MPI and we felt that we could help this organization when redesigning the model
The model acknowledges that chapters are different, because markets are different, because their sizes are different, their potential developments are different. The model appeals to a certain aspiration of chapters to grow, to do remarkable business, to leave a legacy. The model provides different kinds of support to different chapters and clubs. Support adjusted to the need of the chapter. In order to make that scalable, a new models hs been designed for Europe by Europe. MPI has developed 4 phases.
It is great when something which is only existing in your mind, comes to live, is embraced by stakeholders and gets traction. Of course we need to refine and process feedback, and it will probably look different in some years from now. This weekend that all happened. And this is what makes me proud.
For the first time in its history MPI is deeply revisiting its way of structuring its chapters to accommodate the realities of different markets. This represents a tremendous opportunity for European Chapter Leadership to take ownership of the chapter future, making them more relevant, valuable and ultimately successful.