Volunteer Management Best Practices: What You Need to Know We recently wrapped up a lengthy analysis of the data we collected from our 5th annual, state-of-the-industry survey, which gives us first hand knowledge on volunteer management best practices. We are so inspired by all of the information volunteer management professionals from around the world shared [...]
Nonprofit Leadership and Management: How to Modernize Now Developing best-in-class nonprofit leadership and management skills may, at first glance, seem like an easy thing to do. Leadership development may seem like something that just “happens on its own,” without any support. Or, maybe you subscribe to the “born this way” philosophy. You believe that [...]
Reflections on 10 Years of Volunteer Resources Content I’ve been writing volunteer resources blog posts and creating content for over ten years, first here on my Tobi Johnson & Associates blog and then for the past five years on our VolunteerPro blog. Truth be told, my writing hasn’t always been consistent. Back in 2009, when [...]
Managing Volunteers in 2020: You Need to Do Less to Do More As we approach the new year you tend to reflect on what you’d like to achieve when managing volunteers — whether it be a refreshed web site, a new training series to create and market, conferences to attend, networks to connect with, etc., [...]
Nonprofit Leadership: How to Embrace Failure for Success It’s funny. In the private sector, it is common to hear about failure, but we don’t hear much about it in nonprofit leadership circles. The world is filled with stories about scrappy entrepreneurs who toiled, even went bankrupt multiple times, before they finally hit it big. In fact, [...]
A few days ago, I learned that my beloved judo teacher, Sensei (Master) Keiko Fukuda, was awarded her 10th degree black belt. At age 98, she is the only woman in the world to ever receive this honor. Her promotion reminded me of many of the leadrship lessons I leanred from judo that I still use today, years after I left the sport.
In the harried rush to meet deadlines and respond to email, phone calls, and crises, we often communicate the best we can to our colleague, cross our fingers, and then rush of to the next thing. But is this most effective tactic in the long run? Probably not -- not with our paid staff and certainly not with our volunteers.
Many people think of volunteer screening interview as an exercise in risk management. That’s only partially true. Interviews can also be an opportunity to more deeply understand the motivations of your applicant, which can help you with volunteer retention down the road.
Gratitude shouldn’t be overlooked. It may be one of the most powerful tactics in the your arsenal to combat stress. For overwhelmed nonprofit staff and volunteers, it can be an amazing coping strategy.
Investing in nonprofit leadership development seems like a luxury nowadays, but is it? Does it make sense to invest in proactively developing team leadership skills? Or should we continue to let folks learn through endless trial and error, just like those of us who’ve been around for a while did? Do we have the time? What happens when the large percentage of Boomers who make up the majority of our nonprofit executive ranks are ready to retire? Who will take the reins, and are they ready to succeed?