| Celebrating 21 Years
of Serving Manager of Volunteers
|~ December 2004 ~ Topics|
Do You Remember the Years 1983 to 2004?
1983 TO 2004:
November and December 21st Anniversary Celebration Sales
Check out this great opportunity to save 21% off publications from MBA Publishing. To order, go to the Volunteer Today Bookstore. Our September issue brings new books bundles; don't forget to check back often.
See our online bookstore for Building Better Relationships with Volunteers, by Nan Hawthorne, An Introduction to Helping Adults Learn and Change, by Russell D. Robinson, and Slide Shows on a Shoe String, Episodic Volunteering: Organizing and Managing the Short-Term Volunteer, Designing Programs for the Volunteer Sector, and Volunteer Recruiting and Retention: A Marketing Approach, all authored by Nancy Macduff.
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Creating & Coping with Change
Do we as Directors of Volunteers, as managers of people and programs realize the impact of change on our organizations? Are we mostly reactive to change or do we make an effort to be proactive and anticipate change? If we are to be innovators in our field, we must anticipate change, maybe even create it. Often what appears to be "smooth sailing" is merely a reflection of no growth. Peter Drucker, reputed author of management, states, "The best way to predict the future is to create it!" We can build into our programs the capacity and mechanisms to anticipate change so that we can shift to meet the ever-changing environment.
How to do that?
Tom Peters, in Thriving on Chaos states, "No skill is more important than the corporate capacity to change. The company's most urgent task, then, is to learn to welcome beg for, demand innovation from everyone. Encourage pilots (programs) of everything!"
Examine everything you do regarding your volunteer program (i.e. training, recruitment, marketing, recognition, etc.) Do they all accurately reflect the needs of today's volunteers and society?
In many agencies, the volunteer programs become (or should become) the "change agent" and ultimately initiate organizational change solely because they are the "windows" to the community. We need to recognize the importance of constant change through innovation and how much of that responsibility for our organization rests with us.
Sue Waechter is a trainer, consultant, and former manager of volunteer programs. This article was first published in the June 1989 issue of Volunteer Today. And is still applicable today. You can reach her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Final 21st Anniversary Page
This will be the final 21st Anniversary Page. Many thanks go to our readers who have made suggestions to improve this publication. We thank you all for your attention, comments, contributions, and suggestions. We look forward to at least another 21 years !!!!!!
WSU ONLINE CERTIFICATE IN VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT
Washington State University offers a Volunteer Management Certification Program through the Internet. Individuals around the world can earn a certificate in managing or coordinating volunteers, without leaving home. For more information, visit Volunteer Today's Portal site, Internet Resources. Look for the Washington State University listing. There is a hot link to their Web site.
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