4 Easy Tips for Volunteer Team Success
Robin Camarote‘s article in Inc. examines the results of Google’s years of internal research into the effectiveness of teams. Referred to as Project Aristotle, the research provides insight nonprofits can use to improve the effectiveness of their volunteer teams. Ms. Camarote is a strategic planner and meeting facilitator as well as an author and business columnist with Inc. and Bloomberg Government.
Trending Article | Robin Camarote | Inc. | 03/14/2016
What Google’s New Emotional Intelligence Study Says About Teamwork and Success
Study backs up common experiences and provides insights into how to make teams work better.
Google’s been up to more than just tweaking the algorithm. In addition to running the core search engine, the technology company explores thousands of new ideas at any one time. Because of their continuous improvement culture, Google is much more than a technology company. They’re an incubator for all kinds of ideas of how we work.
Their success and size has afforded them the opportunity to explore the frontiers of employee productivity, work/life balance, and diversity. And, it seems they’ve been pretty generous in sharing their findings. They recently concluded years of internal research on the effectiveness of teams referred to as Project Aristotle.
Insider Outlook | Kaila Engman | MobileCause Customer Success
Set Up Your Volunteer Team For Fundraising Event Excellence with 4 Easy Tips
Volunteers can be as essential to a nonprofit as donations to keep them moving forward. Without volunteers, many organizations would be unable to fulfill their purpose. Google’s research reveals valuable information that can help faith-based, healthcare, educational and other charitable organizations better manage their volunteer team in preparation for the Spring fundraising season.
Whether you have 2 or 20, your volunteers’ ability to work effectively as a team can affect whether your next fundraising event is a success or failure. Here are 4 easy tips that will help your volunteer team work better together:
Tip # 1 – Listen to every member of your volunteer team. While it’s okay to appoint a leader or manager, there must be a balance within the team to ensure everyone’s voice is heard and that individual contributions are appreciated.
Tip # 2 – Recognize that some members of your volunteer team may be better at planning while others may excel at execution. Text every member a link to a quick online survey they can take right from their smartphones to find out what job each is best suited for, which will ensure their combined skills complement each other.
Tip # 3 – Empower your volunteer team to easily set up mobile-friendly crowdfunding pages for peer-to-peer fundraising to make an even bigger impact. You control the campaign branding and signup process while each member of the team can customize their page with a photo, message and goal to promote to their network of colleagues, friends and family.
Tip #4 – Provide your volunteer team training and coaching videos on your website and via text to prepare them to tackle any issues that may arise before, during and after your event.
Summary: Make your organization’s volunteer team as effective as possible by listening to them, recognizing their strengths and providing them the training and powerful mobile-friendly solutions that empower them to make the biggest impact possible not just on your upcoming spring fundraising events, but all year round.