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Find tips to oversee the work of volunteers and practical suggestions to supervise them. Everything from ideas to help you work more efficiently to the latest in research on keeping volunteers happy and productive.

~ January 2007 ~ Topics

The Art of Delegation - Replicating Self
Planning the Next Step for Your Career

The Art of Delegation
Replicating Self

As the work load increases without an increase of staff members, here are some tips to engage volunteers to multiply your efforts:

  1. Recruit a pool of volunteers for small tasks
  2. Develop rapport with volunteers and discover their strengths/weaknesses
  3. List goals, objectives and tasks you need to do and those you would like to do if you only had time
  4. Analyze which items on your to do list could be delegated
  5. Think of individual or groups of volunteers you could delegate the items to
  6. Gain the volunteer's support and demonstrate how to do it
  7. Follow up to make sure it has been done properly and to answer questions
  8. Offer feedback and praise
  9. Increase the number of tasks and/or the complexity of tasks if appropriate

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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.

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Planning the Next Step for Your Career

Have you ever asked a child what they want to be when they grow up? You just might get some good ideas. What does the child in you want to be? Randall S. Hansen, PhD, founder of Quintessential Careers, has several suggestions on how to evaluate your current position and form an action plan for your dream job.

First, evaluate your current position.

Think about:
  • What are the barriers to moving up or moving out at your job?
  • What kind of lifestyle do you want?
  • What are your likes/dislikes and does your current position have more or less of these?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • What are your strengths & weaknesses and are you able to fully use your strengths at your current position?
  • What would be your dream job?

Once you have spent some time analyzing the data the next steps are to:

  • Identify a career move that you can fulfill the lifestyle you desire utilizing as many of your strengths and talents as possible.
  • Identify the qualifications needed to achieve this position.
  • Develop a plan of action with specific tasks and a timeline to accomplishing them.

With a little bit of reflection and hard work, you can make your grown up dream job come true.


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Liz Needham

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: elizabeth.needham@ci.raleigh.nc.us or by phone at: (919) 831-6098.

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