MANAGEMENT & SUPERVISION
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~ July 2007 ~ Topics
STRIDE to Solving Problems
The group works on a project. All goes well and then the wheels come off the car. There are shifts in perception or a change in the basic agreements. A stalemate happens. The team is dead in the water. Arriving on a trusty steed is a mechanism to tackle this thorny issue when working with volunteer committees or teams. It helps make the break through necessary to solve the problem. STRIDE enters the picture.
This process requires that at all time volunteers and staff on the team operate with integrity, responsibility, commitment, and clear alignment in purpose and tasks.
It is also important to note that in reality this process is rarely linear and that is okay.
Adapted from the work of John J. Scherer, “Stride: The Breakthrough Process.” In The 1986 Annual: Developing Human Resources, J. William Pfeiffer and Leonard Goodstein, University Associates, San Diego, CA 1986
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.
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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