3 Secrets to Gathering a Group

Wondering Who's Coming to Your Meeting When it comes to gathering a group of volunteers- we've all been there. You're sitting at the coffee shop and check your watch one more time while keeping an eye on the door. There's five minutes left before your volunteer team meeting is supposed to begin. You suddenly worry that no one will show up or, possibly even worse, only one person will show up leading to awkward conversation. You look back through your emails and texts finding a few who said "I'll try to make it," and "I should be there," along with ...

By |August 8, 2021|Categories: blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Difference Between Leadership and Management

Understanding Management and Leadership Management and leadership are different in multiple ways. Understanding these differences makes a huge difference in how a volunteer administrator leads their volunteer team. John Kotter suggests, “management is about coping with complexity,” while, “leadership is about coping with change” (1995, p. 115). The idea being that managers focus on organizing the functions of an organization in order to decrease complexity while leaders look forward toward the future, inciting necessary change along the way. Hersey, Blanchard, and Johnson believe management is often associated with the skills of “planning, organizing, motivating, and controlling,” while leadership is associated ...

Leading Volunteers Through Change

Volunteer Change Management Leading volunteers through change is not easy. Those offering their time and talents to an organization tend to get used to how things are done and may not like any suggested change. Those leading volunteers may fear rocking the boat, where a suggested change may encourage a volunteer to rethink the time they spend with your organization overall. Below are 4 questions you can ask when considering change. The first two questions come from a technique called force field analysis by Kurt Lewin. This technique assumes every leadership situation contains driving and restraining forces. Driving forces represent ...

Are Volunteer Administrators Leaders?

Volunteer Administrators Amazing individuals oversee volunteers across the country every day. They consistently and creatively contribute to organizational missions through community partnerships and volunteers. They may work full-time, part-time, or are even unpaid. But are volunteer administrators leaders? Is their role valued within organizations as a leadership role? Volunteer Manager Research One of the most interesting articles I've read on this topic was published in 2016 by Nesbit, Rimes, Christensen, and Brudney. They interviewed 34 volunteer administrators from 20 different locations within a large library system. Their investigation focused on how individuals overseeing volunteers within a library viewed their role. ...

Theology and the Mandalorian

I woke up this morning thinking about 2 things- Theology and the Mandalorian. Reading the headlines I think about theology quite a bit these days. As a Christian I often think about how followers of Jesus are often faced with two perspectives on popular topics and typically use their faith (and theology) to passionately choose one, believing the other is a lie from hell itself. It’s so easy to fall into this paradigm. And this is where the Mandalorian comes in.  I wonder where I fit in. Maybe you do too. There are many ways we can describe our personal ...

By |December 31, 2020|Categories: blog|0 Comments

Chatting with AT&T

Many companies have begun to use a chat option to connect with customers. I would hypothesize that this enables companies to utilize workers from all over the world without worrying about dialect complications. The other night I was chatting with our internet provider for what felt like the 20th time. I don't know what happened, but I decided to add a little levity- for my own sake. I'm not sure my new friend Mike picked up what I was laying down. It started with a bad dad joke. Mike seemed thankful for the opportunity to sit. It seems that not ...

By |October 12, 2020|Categories: blog, humor|0 Comments

Idealizing the Good Old Days

The Good Old Days I grew up in the quaint town of Jacobus, a borough of York, Pennsylvania. My summers were filled with riding bikes and climbing trees. I played tag in my friend Ben’s butcher shop, pretended to be a ghostbuster with my friend Matt and wondered how much it would hurt to pee on an electric fence with my friend Jay (when we weren’t building time machines).  It’s easy to idealize the good old days. These memories seem simple, innocent, and bright compared to the complex world of gray hues I sometimes live in as an adult. However, the ...

By |October 6, 2020|Categories: blog, Life|2 Comments

MEMO: Use of Disguises Prohibited

It has come to our attention that some employees have recently begun to wear disguises within the company. Although at this point, we are unsure the exact purpose of the disguises, we are sure that they are unhelpful to the morale of the company. As, some employees have complained and find the disguises "unsettling", we felt it necessary to take action and prohibit all disguises within the company. We also have reason to believe that disguises could be used to procure extra benefit during the distribution of dinner desserts and the distribution of weekly earned monies. Therefore, please take note ...

By |September 22, 2020|Categories: blog, humor, Parenting|1 Comment

Five Parenting Values Desperately Needed in Politics

As a parent, I’ve wanted to put politicians and political pundits in time-out many times over the past few months. I watched a video this morning where a popular t.v. pundit whined about how “those people” and “that party” were going to destroy the fabric of our nation. It made me angry but I couldn’t quite figure out why.

By |August 22, 2020|Categories: blog, Parenting|Tags: , |0 Comments

How Do You Know If You’re Racist?

Uncovering Racial Bias How do you know if you’re racist? It’s almost an impossible question, akin to considering whether or not you think you’re a bad person. Our lives are filled with biases that protect us from thinking we’re too bad compared to those around us. Check out this list of common biases and assumptions. For example, the confirmation bias helps us interpret information to reinforce our existing beliefs. In the end, we all want to believe we’re the good guys in the story.  However, sometimes we’re not. It’s possible that we have harmful racial biases that are impacting others in ways we may never even ...

By |July 13, 2020|Categories: blog, Racism|Tags: , |6 Comments
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