MANAGEMENT & SUPERVISION
WELCOME LIZ NEEDHAM, NEW
AUTHOR OF THE MANAGEMENT & SUPERVISION PAGE!
~ October 2006 ~ Topics
40% of Executives polled by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal state that todays professionals are less courteous than ten years ago.
Here are some tips on courteous communicating:
Leaving Voice Messages:
Recording Voice Messages:
Being courteous takes minimal effort to create a lasting positive impression about you and your organization. Recipients of your courtesy will also tend to be more responsive to your requests.
Interested in more information? Check out our online bookstore for Secrets of Leadership by Rick Lynch & Sue Vineyard and Best of All: The Quick Reference Guide to Effective Volunteer Involvement by Linda Graff.
Fun and Creativity in the Work Place
My daughter has a book entitled "Where did the baby go?" It's about a little girl who sees a picture of herself as a baby and wants to know where that baby went. She looks all over the house for the baby until she finds her as she looking at herself in the mirror.
We all start off as babies and then grow older, go to school, get a degree, start working, and have families of our own yada, yada. So what happened to our youthful side? Does our reflection compare to what we were like in our youth? We pat ourselves on the back for how many volunteers we recruited, events that were successful and funds we raised. What if we remembered the times at work we made someone smile or we laughed so hard our stomachs hurt? Do we allow ourselves to play dress up or be silly anymore?
Fun in the workplace doesn't mean a loss of productivity or something you do while the boss is away. It means relieving stress, increasing energy, breaking up monotony, and building camaraderie. So what does it look like in the workplace? How do we still get work done while having fun?
Here are some suggestions:
» Smile and laugh often
Putting the Pieces Together of the Priority Puzzle
Sometimes the work that needs to be completed feels like a 2,000 piece puzzle that doesnt have a picture to go by. You have all the pieces of your workload but need a strategy to put them all together.
Here are some suggestions I have gleaned from putting puzzles together with my family:
Just like a puzzle, you can organize your workload and apply a strategy to get it all done gradually.
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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.
Liz Needham is currently the Volunteer Services Coordinator for the City of Raleigh Retired and Senior Volunteer Program and Foster Grandparent Program. She has 12 years of managerial and supervisory experience in the non-profit, local government and business sectors. She can be reached by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at: (919) 831-6098.
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