January 16, 2011

The 2011 Wish List

Posted in A Bigger Picture, Managers Matter at 2:01 am by Sue Hine

Two weeks into the New Year and I’ve still got a bunch of good wishes to deliver.  Happy New Year!

I have never been one to make Resolutions at this time.  Not worth the effort when I know any vows about getting fit, losing weight or any other self-sacrificial pledge will be down the tube by the end of the month.

So I have idle thoughts instead, about other things that might happen this year.  Speculation is not a sound recommendation for investment on the economic front, and buying a Lotto ticket is another form of wishful thinking.  Well, I keep on hoping.  This year I am hoping a few more managers of volunteers can make a better deal for volunteers and their organisations, and specially for themselves.  And if you already have a good deal going for you as a manager of volunteers, my wish is for you to reach out your hand to help others learn what they need to know.

Here is what I am wishing for the coming year:

  • For all Managers of Volunteers to have the opportunity for professional development – to access training opportunities and mentoring or supervision as an employment right, not as a favour.  In Kiwi country that means spreading information about what is available.  We are very good at village pump communication – let’s get it formalised and around the traps, and tell people why it is important.
  •  I want to hear less about managers floundering in their role, struggling to find help.  In most places there is plenty of help at hand, and maybe my concern reflects too many examples of Managers of Volunteers trying to be all things to all people.  Which is saying a lot about a need to clarify my role and function for myself, and then to negotiate practicalities with the organisation.
  • It’s IYV+10, so it should not be expecting too much to get some acknowledgement from Government, and from organisations, to include a nod to the Managers of Volunteers who keep Volunteering keeping on.  2011 is just the year to rattle a few cages with management teams and boards, and with the government agencies that call the shots for many of our organisations.  After all, good relationships and regular communication are stock-in-trade for our work with volunteers, so why not with all those non-volunteer parts of our communities. 
  • And, being really ambitious, I would like to see progress towards strengthening our status as professionals.  This means we have to come out of the closet, demonstrate we can pass muster in terms of recognised entry qualifications, point to a set of performance benchmarks, and to wear the badge of our professional association.  The VNZ conference in May is designed to spur some action. 

These are pretty modest wishes, and while they are not properly translated into operational plans with defined performance expectations, they are likely to form the bones of ongoing blog-commentary.  There are plenty of sub-text issues to talk about, and no doubt there will be other topics flying in from left-field.  2011 is all Green-to-Go!

 For more on 2011 Wishes, Resolutions and Great Ideas go to http://djcronin.blogspot.com/2011/01/hopes-and-wishes-for-our-sector-for.html

My last great wish, which is also first on my list, is for a disaster-free year.  We’ve earned it I reckon, not just in New Zealand and Australia, but around the world.  From Haiti to Pakistan, from Iceland’s volcano to winter blizzards – 2010 has been a very bad year, the worst in more than a generation they say.  Right now there are two words for flood-recovery in Queensland: Go volunteers!

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9 Comments »

  1. Hi Sue
    Thank you for your wishes:
    * For all Managers of Volunteers to have the opportunity for professional development – I completely agree—love to see heaps of Kiwis come to the Retreat for Advanced Volunteer Management and lest see if we can build some real progress to this end.,
    * I want to hear less about managers floundering in their role, struggling to find help. same…I been hearing about it for a decade now
    * 2011 is just the year to rattle a few cages with management teams and boards, and with the government agencies that call the shots for many of our organisations. I LIKE IT
    * And, being really ambitious, I would like to see progress towards strengthening our status as professionals. The VNZ conference in May is designed to spur some action. IT sure is (and retreat)
    GOOD LUCK EVERYONE -LETS DO IT!!!! (yes i am shouting!)

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  2. Sue Hine said,

    Absolutely great to have such endorsement of my wishes Martin – thank you. I am not good at forecasting and predicting the future, but I reckon 2011 might just be the year we have been looking for. IYV+10, VNZ Conference, Australasian Retreat held in New Zealand – it can’t get any better.

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  3. Sue Kobar said,

    Great wishes Sue. I agree…this is going to be a fantastic year and I hope that Managers of Volunteers will seize the opportunity to attend the VNZ conference and Australasian Retreat. I hear people say they don’t have the time, however, I believe we all make the time to do what is important to us.

    Let’s unite in May and all work together to strengthen our profession…nobody knows what we do better than us and it’s time to become advocates for our roles. Not just some of us – all of us.

    Sue K.

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  4. Claire Teal said,

    Hi Sue and everyone

    As always, Sue, you’re RIGHT on the money… Absolutely, let’s make 2011 go down in history as a year to remember in the Management of Volunteers world!!

    Claire

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  5. Sue Hine said,

    Thanks for joining the support team, Claire and Sue K. With people like you on board we have started to roll.

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    • DJ Cronin said,

      Great and positive first blog of 2011 Sue. Even if we could bottle the positive energy of the responses here and unleash it……hang on…we will do this in New Zealand in 2011 and spread it around the world!

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  6. Sue Hine said,

    Good idea DJ, though we all know the sort of change we are talking about takes a bit more than hot air, and genies-in-a-bottle aren’t around much any more. Still, nothing ventured, nothing gained…

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  7. DJ Cronin said,

    Yes Sue – and as someone once said to me “you gotta accentuate the positive”!

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  8. Sue Hine said,

    “You’ve got to accentuate the positive
    Eliminate the negative
    And latch on to the affirmative
    Don’t mess with Mister In-Between.”

    Could be our theme song, eh? (It was a No 1 hit in 1945, per Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters…. My memory is a bit longer than yours!)

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