There's a lot of talk about leadership succession planning for chapters. It regularly comes up as the top 1 or 2 pain points for chapters. Most associations provide a succession planning guide and tools for chapters. Many offer training at the chapter leadership conferences and webinars. So what's missing here? If we're doing all this talking, why is still the pain point?
Could it be that all this talk is missing the point? That these tools don't get to the point?
Those Gen X and Y won’t get involved in our chapter!
There’s a mantra I’ve heard repeated over and over again.
When I spoke to Ben, I was inspired. I think that there are many more Bens – but we have to open ourselves and our chapters to all generations.
Peggy’s post about thanking volunteers makes a valid point. I have another story, and although not about a volunteer, it’s emphasizes the importance of a sincere thank you. My son works at a local Giant Food store. Last week, his grocery manager came to him and a co-worker thanking them both for their hard work and dedication to the job. He then gave them a $50 Giant gift card, which he had purchased, to split.
It's not how much you spend on recognizing me that counts.
Conducting a series of focus groups with volunteer leaders, I heard loud and clear they were being asked to do more and more, and were recognized less and less. Later, a staff member approached one of the volunteers who had been in a early focus group and praised the person. The next day, that volunteer mentioned in a group that perhaps they had misspoken as they were a-glow from the thanks. You see, it's really the personal thanks that counts!
Yes, younger professionals volunteer - if you have room for them!
I criss-crossed the US over the past 12 months meeting with volunteer leaders of chapters, divisions, SIGs and all types of components. Most common complaint/question - why don't younger pros volunteer / what can we do to get younger pros, we've tried everything!? Well, maybe not everything if you don't have them engaged. Want a suggestion - let your young execs take "it" over ala
We head into 2011 by talking with Dina Wasmer, president of Incite Creative, Inc. (a marketing and graphic design firm), who divides her time between professional and philanthropic volunteerism, lending her expertise to organizations such as Network 2000, Tuesday Girls, and The Children’s Guild. Dina sees volunteering as an opportunity for professional and personal relationship building, wahich in turn benefits her clients and her community.
One college professor finds a way to combat the dreaded “classes cancelled due to inclement weather” scenario. After her experience with the Snowmageddon of Winter 2010 when the university shut down for a week, R.S. Zaharna, associate professor of communication American University, decided to find a way to make the current technology work for her and her students. She got the chance this past week when classes were cancelled.
It is so unpleasant. But I noted in a recent post, it is more unpleasant to live with the consequences of not firing – or at least addressing – a poor-performing volunteer.
I did in fact have to fire a volunteer. In most cases I have been able to work around the situation with some counseling and shifting of positions. But there came the day, where firing was the best option. I followed the basic HR recommendations:
For many today is simply a day-off. For others, Martin Luther King Day is about service. In thinking about how I wanted honor this day, I began to look at how I have tried to honor this call to service and for open-mindedness thoughout the year. I figured that looking back and assessing my performance could help me set new goals for 2011.
As Peggy writes in her January 5th post, 2010 was an exciting year for Mariner. It was also the year we really got rolling with the Association Volunteers! Facebook Fan Page, a celebration of the energy, enthusiasm, and often unrecognized work of association volunteers. My job was to listen to the stories of these volunteers.
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