By Betsy Barbieux / Published June 2016
Editor’s Note: Boardmanship for Charity, Part One was published in the October 2015 issue, but it failed to properly identify Betsy Barbieux as the author. It is republished here with proper author attribution.
If you ask people why they volunteer to sit on civic and philanthropic boards, community association boards, or serve within organizations, they will give you answers such as these:
If you attempted to categorize these answers, it appears the motivation for individuals to volunteer could be categorized into three types:
No matter which of these three types of motivation you analyze, motivation is internal. So, after listening to a “motivational” speaker, it would be more correct to say, “His speech stimulated me, so that I am motivated to volunteer.” Motive is internal; stimulation is external. This means no one can actually motivate anyone, they can only stimulate. That makes motivation an inside job!
Organizations that depend on volunteers as board members and workers could then solicit them based on these various motivations. Marketing campaigns, nominating and search committees, and executive directors should address in their printed and spoken words the answers to the following three sets of questions.
Those who volunteer for self-interest will be interested in knowing how a volunteer in your organization can:
Those who volunteer for altruistic reasons will be interested in knowing how a volunteer in your organization can:
Those who volunteer based on their values or passion will be interested in knowing how a volunteer in your organization can:
CAM, CFCAM, Florida CAM Schools
Betsy Barbieux, CAM, CFCAM, guides managers, board members, and service providers in handling daily operations of their communities while at the same time dealing with different communication styles, difficult personalities, and conflict. Effective communication and efficient management are her goals. For more than 15 years, Barbieux has educated thousands of managers, directors, and service providers. She is your trainer for life! Barbieux is the author of Boardmanship, a columnist in the Florida Community Association Journal, and a member of the Regulatory Council for Community Association Managers. For more information, contact Betsy@FloridaCAMSchools.com, (352) 326-8365, or www.FloridaCAMSchools.com.