One of the easiest traps to fall into as a player is to become too comfortable with how something is done. This can be anything at all related to your game play. Perhaps you’ve always used Teamspeak or maybe you’ve always been a fan of a certain boss strategy. We all like what is familiar. The problem with this is there might be a better way, easier solution, or more robust program. The easy part is knowing that sometimes change is inevitable. The difficulty lies in knowing when to change and when to stand firm.
Recognize a rut
Advocating change for the sake of change isn’t the greatest approach to a stable and serene guild. That said, it is a best practice to always look for where you can improve. If a certain strategy is working for your guild but you believe you can do things better/faster/cheaper with a variation consider trying it out. If you look at certain processes in how your guild runs and ask, “why do we do this” and the answer is, “that is how we’ve always done it” you might just have yourself a candidate for change. When it comes to ruts look at what doesn’t make sense and what isn’t working. That is where you should focus your efforts to find change.
Change is healthy
The term rut exists for a reason. MMORPG players are notorious for getting into ruts because they’re comfortable. This run slowly erodes our appreciation of the game and sometimes even our guilds. It is for this reason alone that we must always embrace change now and again. Consider the activities you participate in daily or weekly and look at what minor changes can be made to them to add some variation. As a guild leader this might mean changing up the raid days every so often just to see if another day yields better attendance. Just because we assume one day is best doesn’t make it accurate. You’ll have some resistance but advocate trying something new. Players may grumble a bit but they’ll go along with minor changes and might actually find more enjoyment out of it.
Moderation is key
It is key that your guild remains a stable and serene place. Making sweeping changes often is irresponsible and dangerous(which is kind of humorous because this is often how MMORPG developers act). Make small, incremental changes. Introduce one item and sit back to watch the results of it. If things go well but still need tweaking change the dial a little more. Slow and purposeful changes show your guild members that you do care how they’re being effected. It is also easy to take small losses consistently over time than one huge hit in the gut. This is especially true to changes in the loot system or how the guild functions.
Don’t fear the anti-change
In some cases the changes we make or accept end up not working out. As leaders we always have the choice of saying, “we’re sticking to this” or “you know what, this wasn’t right.” It doesn’t show weakness to admit a mistake when it is abundantly clear. It shows great character to take a step back and repeal a bad change. Always keep this in mind. Nothing has to be permanent. As you move forwards look for ways to improve but don’t be afraid to turn the clock back to how things once were. To put right what once went wrong. Hoping that your next change will be your change home.