Volunteer Power News - Number 64
Author: Thomas W. McKee
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Featured Article: The Strategic Challenge of Volunteer Leadership - by Thomas W. McKeeThe strategic challenge for volunteer organizations today is knowing how to take advantage of the fact that "volunteerism is in." Volunteers are serving in their communities (and the world) in literally billions of hours every year, and the annual dollar value on all that donated time is roughly about $225 billion a year (www.networkforgood.org). Intel, for example, is actually making donations to non-profits for the hours that their employees volunteer. See Intel in your community. I have been working with an organization that has taken advantage of this program. The Intel employees are excited-and we are thrilled to get the check.
The Strategic Challenge: How does the volunteer organization tap into this enthusiastic, passionate and powerful potential of volunteers? That is our challenge.
In this issue of Volunteer Power, I would like to answer two questions about our strategic challenge:
Volunteering is everywhere. Even celebrities are getting into the act.
Can you answer this question? Which celebrity has more sway than other celebs to encourage teens to volunteer?
E. George Burns
According to a "Do Something" study highlighted on YPULSE.com, 1/23/08 the celebrity that has influenced teens to volunteer the most is Oprah. The top 10 Rankings (from most inspirational to least) are
2. Al Gore
3. Lance Armstrong
4. Angelina Jolie
5. U2 and Bono
6. Brad Pitt
7. Bill Clinton
8. Leonardo DiCaprio
9. Ellen Degeneres
10. Will Smith
The study documented the following:
"Ghandi once said that you can be the change that you want to be in this world. And the truth is that you can be the change by serving others . . . . Let's set a record tonight, not just with the amount of money we raise, but also with the number of people we enlist to volunteer. In the ancient Hopi prayer it says, ‘Don't look outside yourself for the leader.' It tells us, ‘We are the ones we have been waiting for.' Ladies and gentlemen, when we come together with our generosity, with our passion and our compassion, we truly can change the world. We can all be American Idols in someone's life. It doesn't matter if you can't sing because you can serve. And acts of service are the stuff that real idols are made of."
See her speech on American Idol
I recently visited with Ryan Anderson, who was just selected in the first round of the NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets. Ryan is a 20-year old young man who is now a millionaire. He was asking me about volunteer work and especially building homes in Mexico. He served with his church while in high school on volunteer teams building homes, and it greatly impacted his life. NBA Cares is not just a marketing promotion for Ryan. He is excited about his influence and the impact he can have as a volunteer.
Volunteerism is in the news, on campuses, in the NBA, on T.V. and alive and well.
So the strategic questions are:
The young man kept telling Jonathan that he was going to mobilize volunteers to accomplish his mission. Jonathan kept asking him what he was going to do to mobilize them, and his answer was, "I'm going to mobilize volunteers." Jonathan kept pressing him by asking, "I understand you are going to mobilize them, but how?" The young man's answer was, "I'm going to mobilize them." But this young man only had a dream. He didn't have a clue how to do it. His vision was impressive. His leadership was lacking.
In contrast last month we met Tracy, a young woman in her early 20's who also had a passion for a cause. But Tracy knew how to mobilize her volunteers into an exciting organization that was impacting her community.
What was the difference between these two volunteer managers?
The answer: Leadership
Volunteer Power teaches the art of volunteer leadership. Volunteer Power is a simple yet effective step by step, easy to follow system of moving the volunteer through four phases of involvement-from the initial contact with a pre-volunteer (marketing) to unleashed energy and service (empowerment). Tracy knew how to awaken the passion (stage one) of the pre-volunteer who felt a stirring to give back. She also knew how to channel that passion (phase two) into a significant role for her organization. She had these first two phases of leadership down very well. She was asking for our help on the third and fourth phases. The third phase is one of the most challenging for many volunteer managers. This phase charges the leader with the task of managing the passion of volunteers during the difficult and often fragile time when volunteering gets tedious. But the volunteer leader who can master phase three reaches the goal of every manager-the final phase. The fourth phase empowers volunteers and unleashes their passion far beyond our wildest expectations.
During these four phases the leader is walking a delicate and sometimes easily broken balance of guidance and trust. The four phases of leadership are a combination of two management factors: Guidance and Trust. Guidance - How much hands-on direction do I give? Trust - How much confidence do I have that I can depend on the volunteer?
Monthly Volunteer Leadership Insight: Know What You Don't Know - Thomas W. McKee"It's not what we don't know that gives us trouble. It's what we know that ain't so."
"Chaos and uncertainty are market opportunities for the wise."
I would much rather follow a leader who has the confidence to say, "I don't know" than to follow leaders who thinks that they know it all. When leaders have the security to say "I don't know", those leaders give their team members permission to do the same thing. They send their team an important message: In this organization it is okay not to know. As a leader it is important to know what those around you know and don't know.
There is an old Persian proverb that says:
I love to add one more line to the Persian proverb. "The leader who knows not but will search for an answer is secure a leader-help him search." I will follow the leader who is secure enough to say, "I don't know, but I will find out." Andy Stanley suggests some phrases to file away for your leadership tool box for future use:
Tom's Books: The New Breed and/or They Don't Play My Music Anymore
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Here's a glimpse of the Table of Contents:
Introduction: The Common Predicament
Where It All Begins
SECTION ONE: THE VOLUNTEER RECRUITER
Chapter 1: Who Is the New Breed of Volunteer?
A Profile of the 21st Century Volunteer
Chapter 2: Recruiting the New Breed of Volunteers
The "Courting" Relationship
Chapter 3: Finding the New Breed of Volunteers (Not Scaring Them Away)
The Seven Deadly Sins of Recruiting Volunteers
Chapter 4: Tapping into Two New Breeds of Volunteers
Retiring "Boomers" and "Generation @"
SECTION TWO: THE VOLUNTEER MANAGER
Chapter 5: Motivating the New Breed of Volunteers
Discover Three Levels of Motivation
Chapter 6: Empowering Volunteers to Do It Their Way
Move from Delegation to Empowerment
Chapter 7: Managing the Virtual Volunteer
Virtual Volunteers and Using Technology
Chapter 8: Managing High Maintenance Volunteers
Performance Coaching the Volunteer from Hell
SECTION THREE: THE VOLUNTEER LEADER
Chapter 9: Leading the Successful Volunteer Organization
Mobilize the Collective Power of Volunteers
Chapter 10: A Leadership Case Study
A Fable of How to Do It Right
SECTION FOUR: RESOURCES
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You can count on Thomas McKee for any size group. He has spoken to over one half million people in Europe, Africa and the United States over the past 35 years and has worked with some of America's top corporations, organizations and associations.(More info about Tom here)
For more articles by Thomas McKee, visit the Articles section on our website.
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