Monthly Archives: November 2010

Help shape the Blog

Hello Blog Readers! In an effort to keep the Blog content high quality and relevant to you and your work the Commission has created a quick 5 question survey on the blog. Here is the link: . … Continue reading

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Supporting Youth Leadership

By Matt Robinson Let’s hear it for the staff and organizers of Maine Youth Action Network’s (MYAN) 27th Annual Peer Conference. I had the privilege of attending their conference this year on Veterans’ Day at the Augusta Civic Center. If … Continue reading

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Middle Management

By Penny Kern A recent visit to started me thinking about how many organizations have a “middle management” system. One organization I belonged who had a very strong volunteer middle management system but, over the years, I have seen … Continue reading

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Volunteering: from an “obligation” and “expectation” to a “Calling”

By Stephen Letourneau Growing up with five brothers it was a common experience for us boys to rake leaves for our elderly neighbors, shovel driveways, participate in paper drives for recycling, painting, etc. If we were not out throwing footballs … Continue reading

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What makes a healthy meeting? Agendas can help!

By Jane Haskell There are meetings I wish I could be out of in a flash. And then there are meetings that I do not mind being in. It doesn’t matter if they are one or four hours long, because … Continue reading

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3 Organizational Communication Trainings that Can Add Value; Part II: Research Interviewing

By Sarah Ryan, Ph.D. Last time, I made a case for the value of Organizational Communication training for effective meetings. This month, the topic is interviewing. In my current line of work, this is the most important training I do. … Continue reading

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Honoring Long-Term Volunteers

By Jamie Andrew Most organizations have at least one: that volunteer who’s been consistently helping longer than any of the staff members have even been working at said organization. Usually, the volunteer loves the organization, loves the staff, and loves … Continue reading

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