Volunteer Power News - Number 105
Author: Thomas W. McKee
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In This Issue
Featured Article: How Can Millennials Lead Older Generations-Some Quick Tips
By Thomas McKee
I got this question in response to our January Newsletter about the "Texting Generation". Kristin's-a 28 year old-question reminded me that we so often write about how my generation can lead the younger generation, but how often do we give hints on how the younger generation can lead my generation. Thank you, Kristin for raising the question.
Tom,My response – from one of the Paul McCartney "When I am 64" generation -- who are actually now somewhat older than 64.
First and foremost thank you for providing these amazing newsletters to get leaders thinking about how to empower and utilize volunteers efficiently. I am very interested in your most recent conversation covering the texting generation.
I am one of the texting generation, yet I am a leader of a congregation that is composed largely of members who are not. I think that our congregation could learn much and bring more into our mission and work if we were able to live into the message that you shared. Just a side, I have also read The New Breed: Understanding and Equipping the 21st Century Volunteer, and am working to share that with other staff leaders and begin implementing elements.
My personal struggle is how do I (a 28 year old, texting pastor) lead and empower the older volunteer; and how do I help lead a congregation where both exist. Your book has much to offer in general, but any quick tips on how I can better understand the other perspective? An interesting tidbit about our congregation-we are a three person pastoral staff, 2 of us are 28 year old females and our head of staff is in his 50s; yet most of our congregation is either young families (though this isn't the largest portion) or retired (vast m ajority).
Thanks again for your service and the work you do to help the rest of us better serve our missions.
That is a great question. Thanks for asking. And I commend you for wanting to better understand other generational perspectives. Too many leaders are stuck in their own generational silos and never want to venture out to new leadership methods, and/or they want every other generation to adapt to their leadership method.
I have six suggestions for you about better understanding other generational perspectives and how to lead and empower across generational lines.
Six Ways to Lead Older Generations... Without Stepping on Their Toes
Hang in there, Kristin. Today it's texting and microblogging. In ten to twenty years all those 20-somethings will be trying to get you to communicate through a whole new medium, and who knows what that will be. Hopefully they will want to understand your perspective. I sure hope so.
Hope this helps.
On a Personal Note:
I leave this Thursday (Feb 16th) to serve on a two-week volunteer project in Uganda, Africa. I've been studying, reading, and trying to learn all I can about Uganda and expect to learn tons about the people who volunteer and serve in there. I'll give a report next month on what I learn, how I was recruited (a lesson in recruiting) and how I was managed (empowered) to serve. I am not the leader on this team and looking forward to this volunteer experience. I have already learned so much in preparation, but I expect that my learning has only begun.
Volunteer Power Key-Notes, Workshops, Or An Education Day
The New Breed of Volunteer
A Volunteer Power Workshop
Recruiting and leading the 21st Century volunteers who want to do it their way
THE STRATEGIC CHALLENGE
The questions: Volunteerism is hot. From American Idol, Disneyland, Glee, Lady Gaga, President Obama to Wells Fargo, Intel and Wal-Mart, giving back is the rage.
THE TECTONIC SHIFTS THAT ARE CHANGING VOLUNTEERISM
The 21st century volunteer culture is very different because of tectonic shifts that have changed volunteer leadership. These shifts have impacted the volunteer organization; therefore, how we recruit and lead the New Breed of volunteer is a whole new game. The tectonic shifts include the following:
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