We all know the dream. Imagine the possibilities, the things we could achieve, the lives we could change….IF ONLY…we had more volunteers. Then the world would be in a good place. WRONG!
Usually those dreams centre around capacity building and fail to consider the relational requirements of teams and especially requirements of teams who are full of volunteers. If you want to build a volunteer team, you must drop some of your own engagement with the frontline work and invest into those who sacrificial my give time. If you do not…you will not increase capacity, you will increase frustration.
Sometimes we are just to busy and the fall guys are those who willingly give their time. Don’t be too busy to help your team. If you want to grow, it is essential.
Treat volunteers as a fully paid staff member, the rewards for the organisation will be huge. Clear job roles, clear line management, good training, proper support, annual reviews, feedback…..etc.
You get the picture, if not you are too busy for volunteers.
“Don’t mistake movement for achievement. It’s easy to get faked out by being busy. The question is: Busy doing what?” Michael Hyatt
In the search for excellence, we need to ask ourselves some important questions. Is our activity;
You may be busy but busy is not always the answer!
One of the good changes within the christian world, in recent times, has been the move away from programme orientated ministry towards people orientated ministry. This may be more theoretical than shown in practice but it is a shift that needs to be commended. Over the last 10 years there have been many a meeting when the phrase, “people are our best asset” has been used. However, theory and practice often collide when people become busy.
This is demonstrated when people get together and talk. The busy worker will be listening but not hearing, no matter how good the communication is. This is a crisis point that needs addressing for any relationship to move forward. If you are not hearing when you listen, this may be a sign that you are over busy, people may have become a commodity to you and this commodity has a lower value than necessary. If this is true – people are no longer your best asset!
Are you hearing those that speak to you? If not, it may just be that you are too busy doing the wrong thing – this is the crisis of busy.
If, as leaders, we ever use the excuse that ‘we are too busy’ or apologise and then add a refrain that qualifies the apology because of ‘busy’ issues then we need to be aware of what that says to those that we lead.
‘I found other things more important’, ‘I have different priorities’, ‘your issues are not valuable enough to me’…… these things may be true and if they are, we need to admit them and be straight with people, rather than issuing a curse by saying that we were just ‘too busy’.