So you want the skinny
on me, huh? Here ya go . . .
What Do I Do For A Living?
devoting myself exclusively to the Volunteer Workforce movement,
I was an Outsourcing Account Manager for a London-based information
design firm. We were a worldwide group of 430 info design
professionals, plus support and management staff.
It was my job to oversee the financial and commercial arrangements
in North America for the outsourcing of information design
personnel and services within a huge Finnish telecom company.
(Can't name any names here, but you know who I'm talking about!
If you need a clue, try this: 3 syllables first syllable,
the opposite of 'yes'. Second syllable, the thing you put
in a lock. Third syllable, what you say when you scratch an
It was a great job because I used to live in Finland, I still
speak Finnish and have loads of friends there, which made
it fun to travel to the UK and Finland on business. It was
also rewarding to participate in an outsourcing effort that
focused our client company on their core competencies and
improved their competitive advantage.
Working in a firm that provided staffing solutions on a global
basis for very large corporations helped me appreciate just
how valuable Volunteer Workforces truly are.
Where Do I Live?
Ever heard of Red Oak, TX? No? I live in the countryside about
20 miles outside of Dallas. Out here we enjoy wide open spaces,
wheat-scented breezes, and an abundance of the three 'b's
birds, bugs and bunnies. It's quiet, it's beautiful,
and it's a great place to think, dream and grow.
How Did I Get Mixed Up In This Volunteer
A few years ago, I invented a cool motivational tool. It lays
flat on the dashboard of your car, and projects a message
up onto your windshield. Kinda like having a personal teleprompter
in your car. Very neat.
I patented my invention, and people started ordering them.
I literally put them together on the kitchen table. When a
client ordered 20,000, the kitchen table scenario was definitely
I began asking friends in the community how to put AutoAffirmations
together on such a large scale. Along the way I accidentally
bumped into the Volunteer Workforce concept through a friend.
She told me about BlueCross/BlueShield teaming up with her
non-profit to collate and prepare an enormous mailing.
One thing led to another, and before long a variety of people
were enthusiastically telling their stories about solving
staffing and fundraising problems with Volunteer Workforces.
I was hooked. I contacted Volunteer Workforce program managers
all over the country, and interviewed in person everyone who
would see me.
Before long a heavy-duty New York City book agent and I signed
a contract, and CNNfn and BloombergTV asked me to introduce
the Volunteer Workforce concept to their audiences by appearing
on their national programs. Newspapers, magazines and websites
began writing stories and the phone started to ring.
So now, after years of research, interviews, writing, publishing,
teaching and speaking, I have the dubious distinction of being
the nation's foremost authority on the Volunteer Workforce
concept. It's obvious that Volunteer Workforces have arrived
in a very big way and this fun, cool, incredibly
effective solution is rapidly growing in popularity in America.
Did I Dream This Up?
Please know that I'm nowhere near smart enough to make this
stuff up. I didn't invent Volunteer Workforces. I, like most
of the big businesses and non-profits which benefit from them,
accidentally stumbled upon them.
Although completely new to small businesses, and most large
businesses for that matter, there's actually a 30-year track
record of very successful Volunteer Workforce implementations
in large businesses all over the country.
While other people clearly understand how Volunteer Workforces
benefit them within their tight industry segment or market
niche, it's the bigger picture that constantly amazes me,
and the shocking implications for small and large businesses
of all kinds.
Why Am I So Passionate About Volunteer
So why do I spend all my time researching, writing, publishing,
speaking, consulting and teaching workshops about Volunteer
Because I know that each time I encourage a non-profit or
a business to engage in these programs, amazing things happen.
Community literacy programs get the funding they need. At-risk
kids enjoy amazing educational opportunities they wouldn't
otherwise receive. Businesses solve their staffing shortages
and compete more effectively in the marketplace. Their customers'
opinion of these business is forever changed for the better.
Volunteer Workforce programs build churches, send people
on humanitarian relief missions, and fund medical research.
So I can either spend my time popularizing the Volunteer
Workforce Solution, or I can spend it watching Three's
Company reruns. Nothing against Three's Company,
but the choice is easy.
Do You Want To Know More?
There are very few sure things in life, but this much I can
tell you: as far as Volunteer Workforces are concerned, the
water's warm, the air is safe to breathe, and this whole concept
is tried, true and proven.
For the businesses and non-profits that have benefited from
these programs for years, the fit is as comfortable as a pair
of well-worn jeans. Except these 'jeans' save businesses enormous
amounts of money, solve their staffing shortages, and generate
enough funds for non-profits to accomplish their missions.
I warmly invite you to learn more completely free
by downloading the 28-page
whitepaper, The Volunteer Workforce. Inside you'll find
a great rationale for using Volunteer Workforces, along with
6 case studies of businesses and the non-profits which participate
in their programs. While you're at it, sign up for the free,
7-day e-mail minicourse. Once a day for a week you'll
receive a short e-mail loaded with useful information about
successful, real-world implementations. Read them yourself,
share them with friends.
Meet My Buddy, Herman This
is my studly fish, Herman. I raised him from an egg. At a
very early age, Herman's parents died in an unfortunate accident
while moving, but let's not talk about it . . . the memories
are still fresh.
Herman's a very social creature. Just like a dog, he's thrilled
to see you when you come home, hurrying over to the side of
the fish condo he shares with five of his closest friends.
Herman enjoys swimming, aquatic ballet, and just about all
water sports. He aspires to be a fish underwear model. You
can e-mail him at: .