Teaching the Vision Thing
Organizations that involve volunteers, board members, advisory groups,
or committees, usually have the opportunity to engage in vision planning.
It is staring into the future and imagining where you would like the
organization or program to be. There are people who inherently are
good at this, but most need to learn how to vision. Here is an exercise
to help train a group in doing a vision planning process.
Directions: Imagine what you will be doing, where, with whom, how, and why, one year from today. There are three ways in which I would like you to consider your vision for the future.
The next step is to use the three types of visioning as it applies
to the organization or program. This type of visioning exercise works
better when people practice before they leap into real visioning assignment.
It is the equivalent of an aerobic warm up!
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Evaluating Your Leadership: A Light-Hearted Approach
You lead meetings, train volunteers, sit on committees, or attend
staff meetings. On some occasions you are in the leadership role.
Here is a quick way to get feed back on how people perceive your leadership
style in a light-hearted and non-threatening way.
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Getting to Know You
Volunteers who serve on boards, committees, or advisory groups are usually focused on the task at hand. Quite often they know very little about one another outside the opinions given during meetings. Meetings and training sessions can open with "disclosure" questions that help reduce the "face" people wear at meetings. Each meeting or training session can start with one of these questions. This helps people get to know one another at a more personal level.
COLLEGE PROGRAMS ON NONPROFIT AND VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT
Close to 200 colleges and universities offer academic programs on nonprofit and volunteer sector management. They are usually master's degree programs, but not always. American Humanics sponsors undergraduate programs, as well. If you are looking to push out the professional development window, consider taking a course at one of these colleges. A full list resides at http://pirate.shu.edu/~mirabero. Thank Roseanne Mirabella, of Seton Hall University for keeping up with this list.