[amsat-bb] How volunteerism works...

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Fri Jul 18 06:14:31 PDT 2008

Again we see lots and lots of ideas of what "needs to be
done"...  And most of them are pointed at better "management"...
Or better "direction" of what is being done (by others)...

The issue in an all volunteer organization is not "what" needs
to be done, but who will step forward and do it, not the
"management and direction" but the actual WORK.  That requires
volunteers with the knowledge, skills, time and energy, and
thick skin,  Especially under the hail of rocks and stones from
the peanut gallery...

Counter productive to getting the work we need done (volunteers
we need) is the attitude from the peanut gallery about getting
in there and "kicking butt" and "better management"...  You do
that in an all volunteer organization and soon there is nothing
left but managers and butt kickers and complainers.

This happens in every aspect of ham radio all the way down to
the local clubs and all the way to the top.  You'd think by now
that the old-fuds who clamour for more effort (from others) have
about 30 years of experience with how this does NOT work in ham
radio.  Progress is made by self motivated individuals who see a
need and jump in to fill it.

 It is very simple!

If you can contribute "work" then jump in and do it.  Othwerwise
"get out of the way" and contribute money, food, encouragement,
and assistance to those that do.  "Ankle-biting, naysaying, and
complaining" accomplish absolutely nothing forward.  If you
don't like the direction things are going, then jump in and go
another way and see if you can find followers (workers, not
ditto-heads)... But get out of the way of those that are making
progress in their direction... That's the only way progress is
made in volunteer organizations...

This is surely what this old-fud has learned in the last 30

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