One barrier to implementing new ideas can be a board. Not a piece of wood (although at this point many of us have a similar picture in our mind), but our board of directors. That's why I delighted in reading Mark Athitakis's post on how a shift in conversation can have a domino effect.
Philip Howard’s op-ed in today’s Washington Post offered clarity to a personal pet peeve that has raised my blood pressure on far too many occasions when confronted with ham-handed attempts by associations to enforce compliance with their components, committees, etc. by imposing ever-increasing layers of red tape that focus on process rather than performance. So I ask again, Do We Really Need to Bring Our Volunteers to Volun"tears"?
I did something a little different this time at #ASAE16 and it worked! From each session I attended, I sent an email to myself with a couple of key takeaways. I just read those emails and it was like a flashback. This was a perfect complement to my live tweeting which captured cool ideas, pics of slides and curated other learners’ insights. But my strongest aha was how important the session format is to learning and engaging.
Why do associations want a mutually-beneficial volunteer relationship? According to ASAE Foundation study, volunteering increases retention and expands organizational capacity. Learn more at the Volunteers: The Air We Breathe session on Sunday, August 14 at 2pm. Peter Houstle, Kevin Whorton, Rick Grimm (NIGP) and Ann Turner (AALAS) join me to share the research and association stories.
It seems that everywhere I look there are subliminal messages supporting major changes to the traditional association chapter model. The latest comes from a blurb I saw in AssociationsNow.com referring to a CMSWire piece that nearly half of all workers tend work in more flexible environments, outside of a traditional office.
Volunteers for all types of organizations are asking for change - change in how they volunteer, when they can volunteer and where they volunteer. They are asking for flexibility in their volunteering. Organizations that are responding are doing so by re-imaging their volunteer program.
Distributed teams are a common theme for association volunteer leaders as most find they are leading a group of individuals scattered throughout a state, across the US or around the globe. This is counter to what we experience in our regular job. Yes, that is changing, but still few of us have the skill set to match this type of leadership.
One commonality among association volunteer leaders is the nature of the teams they lead: distributed. Leading a distributed team presents challenges that many of us don’t have in our day-to-day jobs (although this is increasingly changing) so it’s a skill we need to help volunteers build. In a training for volunteer leaders on the topic, I offer a key ingredient for success: a commitment to communications.
Exploring how to re-imagine your volunteer program to embrace the micro-volunteering. From a session at ASAE 2016 MM&C.
July is a month of turnovers in association volunteering. This is the time we greet new volunteers to committees, chapters and boards. It’s the time we welcome new committee chairs. Whether it’s July for your association or another month, the question is always “where do we start?” when it comes to preparing our members to take on volunteer roles.
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