Volunteer Power News - Number 77
Author: Thomas W. McKee
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In This Issue
Featured Article: Increasing the Volunteer Life Cycle
Increasing the Volunteer Life Cycle
Is it Possible in the 21st Century?
By Thomas W. McKee
"Can you tell me the average life cycle of a volunteer?" That is a question I received last week from one of our new subscribers. I had to stop and think about that. At first I had many reactions to the question, but then I began to wonder what was behind her inquiry. I called her to find out.
Kelly is a new volunteer manager (two weeks on the job). She just graduated from seminary and has a position in a large church in charge of recruiting and managing volunteers for her area of ministry. Although Kelly is eager about her new role, she has these concerns.
The following is an edited response that I sent to Kelly. For those of you who are new to Volunteer Power, I have linked previous articles giving some "how-to suggestions" for some of the proposals.
Response to Kelly
Your question has intrigued me and the answer is very complex because of many issues. Here are a few:
The Volunteer Power method of strategic volunteer leadership includes four essential stages. When volunteer managers plan carefully, they can increase the long-term commitment from the 21st century volunteer. As you read the four stages, you notice a recurring word—passion. The bottom line is that volunteer leadership is "passion management." Passion is great—but it can be fickle. Volunteer managers must first awaken the passion for their mission (stage one), channel that passion for a very specific role (stage two), sustain the passion--the momentum (stage three), and finally empower the passion (stage four).
This is great, thanks so much!... I've been asked to propose a completely new assimilation plan for our volunteers and future volunteers and after reading this, I think I'm going base it on these four stages, focusing on the greatest needs of the volunteer at each stage. So this was extremely helpful.
The more I get into this position the more I'm learning that my job is largely serving our Volunteer Leads, as opposed to the volunteers themselves, so they can in turn serve their volunteers well. I'm finding that not all of them have necessarily caught the vision of sharing ministry and multiplying themselves, or that good leadership is involving others even if it's not convenient or our paces/effectiveness slow down a bit at first...
Thanks again Tom, I'm just thrilled about this position and our contact.
How About Some Good News: Volunteerism TodayAs you read this newsletter, I am in Keystone, Colorado, at the CAHAV (Colorado Association of Healthcare Auxilians and Volunteers) delivering a keynote for their annual convention. To prepare for a keynote or workshop, I always spend significant time with members of a non-profit organization discovering their challenges and concerns about volunteer management. Before I left, I interviewed two hospital directors, a doctor who manages a non-profit clinic, and one young high school senior hospital volunteer who wants to become a nurse. The message I heard was overwhelming and exciting. I came away energized that the above strategic system of volunteer leadership works from all participants (volunteer directors, doctors, and front line volunteers). I also came away with this message:
I walked away from my interviews thrilled. We who are in volunteer management are standing in a significant place in history. As I visited with the young high school student, she told me about an older (my age—ugh!) volunteer who was working with and mentoring her. I thought of how the volunteer teams and professional staff of the hospital are impacting the lives of our younger generation as they have an enthusiastic, optimistic hope for our future. I also saw how volunteers are impacting society.
Bottom line—Volunteers of all generations are working side by side as they step up to the challenge of our hurting economy.
Volunteer Power Workshop: Reenergize Your Volunteer Leaders with a Half-Day, Full-Day or Two-Day Volunteer Power Workshop
The New Breed of Volunteer
A Volunteer Power Workshop
Recruiting and managing the 21st Century volunteers who want to do it their way
Looking for a keynote for your annual convention, or a motivational session for your volunteer leaders, or a workshop to help your volunteer leaders recruit and keep their volunteers? Many of the private sector organizations that have sponsored our presentations for conventions are not able to sponsor these events during these hard times. I know many of you are feeling these cuts.
I would love to help. I will work with your organization to make our fees affordable for you by trying to arrange engagements in the same area to cut travel costs.
If you are interested, send me the contact form with your budget and I'll see what I can do.
SECTION I: THE NEW VOLUNTEER CULTURE
The 21st century volunteer culture is very different because of seismic shifts that have changed volunteer management. These shifts have impacted the volunteer organization; therefore how we recruit and manage the new breed of volunteer is a whole new game. The seismic shifts include the following:
The Two Leadership Factors: Guidance and Trust
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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As we try to navigate the 21st Century in this increasingly fast-paced and technology-driven world, many people are drowning in our culture of unremitting change. In the innovative book, They Don't Play My Music Anymore, Thomas McKee presents a creative approach to facing personal and professional change. He offers eight essential principles that can help you gain the confidence to face an unknown future. Using these techniques, you will develop a new thinking frame by which to approach your future with hope and confidence as you learn to embrace change instead of merely reacting to it.
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Will Help You Gain the Confidence
To Face an Unknown Future
"In a world where change seems to be happening faster than the five miles every second the Space Shuttle travels, They Don't Play My Music Anymore offers a practical, common sense approach to not only surviving this frenetic pace of change, but building and growing from it. Incorporating Tom's methodology as I chose to make a change in my profession has helped me map out and launch into new adventures in many ways as exciting as the three space missions I flew. I very highly recommend applying these principles!"
Rick Searfoss, NASA Astronaut
and Space Shuttle Commander
Hear Tom McKee Live: Listen to an MP3 of a ten-minute sample keynote presentation by Tom McKee, The Power of Volunteer Passion
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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)
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