Earlier today I was reflecting on my volunteering experiences and I have realised that volunteering projects have the potential to bring out the best in me and this results in often performing very well when working as a volunteer.
I am currently managing the accommodation service (also offered for free) for a London based Festival and I am amazed by both my work peers, who all volunteer, and all the people that have offered to host complete strangers.
When I accepted to volunteer for the festival, I think I did it for different reasons:
-friendship: I was asked by a very good friend of mine.
-passion: It's a swing dance festival and I love the dance
-doing "big things": I liked that the whole festival was non-profit and all the earnings are invested to make a better festival every year.
I am fascinated by the reasons… Read morebehind this and I wondered how this can be transferred into organisations. Here is an article that illustrates some of the reasons behind volunteering and how organizations can apply these principles:
Semler is the CEO of Semco, a Brazilian Company known for its form of "industrial democracy": most workers set their own working hours, they vote for the most important decisions and most of the management gets to set their own salary and bonuses.
- Never stop being a start-up
- Don't be a nanny.
- Let talent find its place.
- Make decisions quickly and openly.
- Partner promiscuously.
His company is really successful and his style inspires and impresses others. However, can this management model work for all companies? And if it has proven to be so successful, I keep wondering: why hasn't it been adopted elsewhere?
Learning to Love a Job You Hate The downturn of the last few years has left a number of scars on the psyche of the American worker. The Great Recession toppled a number of business giants; and while some were deemed "too big to fail" many titans of industry also went the way of the dodo.
I have employed thousands of people over the years. And every time one resigned, a little part of me died. (OK, I lie. I have actually danced a celebratory jig around my desk on the odd occasion, but that's another blog!) Mostly, my natural reaction has always been a human one I suppose.
Have you ever had or considered a job with two managers? I had one in an organization that was heavily matrixed. It actually worked well. However, the organization had put in a tremendous amount of time in making it all work.
What do you think when you hear the term "dotted line reporting"? Does it make you nervous? Or actually feel better to know that your performance isn't in the control of one person?
If you are sitting in a job interview and hear the words "dotted line reporting," you have just encountered the world of matrix management. In these organizational structures, you typically have two bosses: a "straight-line" direct boss, who is the person who prepares your performance review and decides on your raise; and a "dotted-line" boss, who may also assign you work but has less control over your review.
It's an all-too-familiar routine for jobseekers: you find a great job advertisement, spend days carefully putting together the perfect covering letter, tailor your CV to match the job description as closely as possible and ask your mum to proofread it all. You even spent half an hour drafting and re-drafting a short accompanying email.
In this HBR article, emeritus professor of organizational behavior Rob Goffee reveals how a "dream organization" operates:
"it’s a company where individual differences are nurtured;
information is not suppressed or spun;
the company adds value to employees, rather than merely extracting it from them;
the organization stands for something meaningful;
the work itself is intrinsically rewarding;
and there are no stupid rules."
Stand for More Than Shareholder Value People want to be a part of something bigger than themselves, something they can believe in. "I've worked in organizations where people try to brainwash me about the virtues of the brand," one seminar participant told us.
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