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If you live in the US, you know that we're celebrating President's Day -- a
day for commemorating the lives and remembering the words of the nation's
Founding Fathers. Even if you're not American, why not take a cue from
President's Day and explore the visions of Ivan Scheier and Marlene Wilson --
two pioneers in volunteer management who can be rightfully counted among the "Founding Fathers and Mothers" of the volunteer management field. |
Both Ivan's and Marlene's
writings continue to be insightful and practical because neither focus solely
on the exigencies of the day. Their works go beyond how-tos and explore deeper,
and ultimately more important, questions such as:
- What unique
skills and personal qualities must we develop to become effective leaders (not
just managers) of volunteers?
- How can we expand
our vision of volunteer engagement to involve more people and have greater
- Can we escape
from the "numbers game" of counting volunteer hours and holistically assess the
value of volunteer effort?
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Purchase Marlene Wilson's Visionary Leadership in Volunteer Programs and get
Ivan Scheier's Exploring Volunteer Space
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Ivan Scheier's Exploring
Volunteer Space: The Recruiting of a Nation
You may be familiar with some of Ivan Scheier's books, such as Building Staff/Volunteer Relations, but
have you read his "masterpiece" Exploring
Although it was written almost 30 years ago, it is
incredibly prescient and relevant today. In his review of the book in e-Volunteerism, Steve McCurley says "While Exploring Volunteer Space is
a highly conceptual work, it also has great relevance to practitioners who
think about the development of their volunteer programs. . .In it, Ivan outlines
much of what volunteering can be and a great deal of what would happen in volunteering
in the future. . .Consider it as our version of The
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. In it you will tour parts of the
volunteer universe that you never knew existed and see how volunteer programs
can boldly go where no programs have ever gone before." (Subcribers to e-Volunteerism can read Steve's full
review at http://www.e-volunteerism.com/subscriber/quarterly/09jan/09jan-researchfull.html.)
or FREE with the
Visionary Leadership in
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Marlene Wilson's Visionary
Leadership in Volunteer Programs
Visionary Leadership in Volunteer Programs compiles 16 of Marlene Wilson's most popular
presentations from 1974 to 1999 in one book. Throughout her career, Marlene has
urged all who lead volunteers to move beyond thinking of themselves as managers
to thinking of themselves as leaders -- those who develop vision for volunteer
programs and impart that vision throughout an organization. In today's financially-uncertain
and time-crunched climate, her call to lead with soul and vision is an especially important reminder to all of
Since many of
you have told me that you, too, are feeling burned out and uncertain about your
work and future (in volunteer administration, or any other career) let's take a
few moments for you to explore two questions:
1. Why did I
enter this profession in the first place?
2. Why have I
to these two questions may lead you to the third and most critical question:
3. Do I still
want to be in it?
me to finally realize that I truly did want to fan the embers, blow on the
coals and stay in this field is when I realized I am still totally committed to
what I believe this work is all about and why I've loved it for so many years.
What do I
believe our field has to give to others that is ours uniquely? To give hope!
These are angry, confusing, violent times of change and transition. People feel
overwhelmed and lost. Too many feel they have no control over their lives and
no impact on others. Volunteering, when it's done well, can be an antidote to
people's feelings of alienation and hopelessness. When people volunteer, they
experience firsthand that they can make a difference in other people's lives
and especially when they join with others taking back responsibility and
control of their own communities and neighborhoods. They begin to see and
experience the good in themselves and others. This is democracy at its best!
is granted for organizations to reprint this excerpt. Reprints must provide
full acknowledgment of the source, as provided:
Excerpted from Visionary Leadership in Volunteer Programs by Marlene Wilson ©
2008, Energize, Inc. Found in the Energize, Inc.
Online Bookstore at http://www.energizeinc.com/store/1-218-E-1.
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