What do your volunteers need to know to be successful?
This webinar will start with the basics and help you understand how to determine what information you should be sharing with your volunteers, and how that can be used to create a curriculum. We’ll then discuss how to present this information in a variety of ways using different delivery methods that appeal to adult learners. Assessing what your volunteers have learned, and creating ongoing training and professional development training for your volunteers will also be covered.
Can a virtual team be as effective as a co-located team? This is a question that organizations are debating, and the arguments on both sides are very compelling. Factors like work-life balance and organizational savings need to be balanced with the value of face-to-face collaboration and managerial oversight.
Whether you personally embrace the concept or not, chances are you will participate as a virtual team member during your career.
The reality is, a virtual team can be very effective if the correct conditions are met and maintained. It’s about putting together the right personalities, ensuring they have the right tools, and leading the team successfully. After discussing the arguments for and against establishing a virtual team, this workshop will use reallife examples to address six key enablers for success.
What Managers Do—and Can Do Better
Managing is important for anyone affected by its practice, which means not just managers, but everyone. We all need to understand it better, in order that it be practiced better.
In this program, Henry Mintzberg explores the characteristics, contents, and varieties of managers, as well as the conundrums they face and how they become effective. These insights are based upon his observations of 29 different managers, from business, government, and nonprofits, working in diverse settings ranging from a refugee camp to a symphony orchestra.
What he saw led him to develop a new model of management, one firmly grounded in his conclusion that management is not a profession or a science. As he writes, “It is a practice, learned primarily through experience and rooted in context.”
Is your organization open to engaging volunteers in new ways? Often one of the biggest challenges to a new model of volunteer engagement is the resistance of paid staff. Often attitudes and fears of our co-workers prevent us from expanding the work that volunteers do. But, if you've never worked with volunteers before, it can be scary. In this webinar we'll discuss strategies for working with paid staff to engage volunteers. We'll cover what you can do to alleviate some of those fears, strategies for working within a Union environment, and how you can train and support your coworkers as they become responsible for managing volunteers.
New Model for Leading at the Speed of Change
Conventional management thought presumes that command-and-control is the most effective way to organize the efforts of large numbers of people, but rapid change and increasing complexity have rendered that model obsolete.
As a result, most managers today lack the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in a world where advantage belongs to the fast and the adaptable. However, there is a small but growing group of managers who are thriving in this time of great change by designing their organizations around the principles and practices of a new and very different model—Wiki Management.
The practitioners of this new model don’t build hierarchies; they build networks. That’s because in a postdigital world, networks are smarter and faster than hierarchies.
Examples of companies that are consciously focused on not building traditional bureaucratic hierarchies include Google, Zappos, Amazon, and Whole Foods. In addition, there are a handful of established companies that have embraced this paradigm shift such as Procter & Gamble, 3M, Johnson & Johnson, and IBM.
This webcast will explore how today’s most successful companies are using the power of networks to master the challenges of a rapidly changing world.
Millennials are infiltrating the workforce while managers and older generations are scrambling to understand and work with this fascinating group. The phrase “What’s up with the kids these days?” is not a new one, but with millennials, there seems to be an entirely new set of challenges and opportunities. By 2015, Millennials will outnumber Boomers in the workforce – Are you ready?
Most nonprofits involve volunteers in program areas and administrative areas. You might not be aware, however, of the many ways you can involve volunteers in your fundraising activities. This webinar will outline ways you can involve volunteers in fundraising, where to find volunteers, how to recruit them, and how to keep them enthused about your organization.
- List ways your organization can benefit from getting volunteers involved in your fundraising
- Develop a plan to recruit fundraising volunteers
- Develop a structure for a development committee
- How to advance your volunteers' interest in your organization.
- Transition great volunteers into leaders.
Would your work life improve if the people around you were more accountable?
Employees are feeling the heat to respond to and deliver on higher expectations in the same or shorter time frames. Yet despite the demands noted above, executives are finding that the gap between expectations and delivery still exists.
Experts point to the blatant absence of accountability in many organizations as the key causal factor for the above scenario.
They also state that the problem can be remedied.
Increasing accountability begins with understanding what accountability is and how to apply the mindset of accountability in everyday life.
- Are you noticing an influx of teens asking for volunteer hours at your library and you can’t seem to find tasks for them?
- Have your experiences with teen volunteers been less than positive?
- Are you the only person in charge of teen volunteers at your library?
Managing teen volunteers can often be a challenge that takes time and dedication. Learn how to effectively engage teen volunteers to benefit your library as well as create positive leadership experiences for them and for you.