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Friday, September 3, 2010

If you really wanna go for the Volunteer Management Humour Track...!

I recently posted a blog about certain perceptions on Volunteer Management that I had come across online. This was my favourite:

“If you really wanna go for the management track, start by leading a volunteer community first. It’s the easiest management there is. If you like that and if you succeed – if people rally around you and your group accomplishes tough challenges – then you’ll stand a better chance of succeeding at tougher kinds of management, like leading employees.”

Martin J Cowling CEO @ People First Total Solutions sent me an email in response to this statement. It is such a gem of a reply that I am reprinting it in full here.Martin, if you ever tire of doing what you do (and we cant imagine that!) then there is a career in stand up waiting for you!

"If you really wanna go for the medical track, start by doing pediatrics first. It’s the easiest medicine there is. If you like that and if you succeed – if patients rally back to health and your consultations accomplish complete healing – then you’ll stand a better chance of succeeding at tougher kinds of medicine, like brain surgery."

"If you really wanna go for the media track, start by doing newspapers first. It’s the easiest media there is. If you like that and if you succeed – if readers really enjoy your articles and your articles accomplish a Pulitzer prize – then you’ll stand a better chance of succeeding at tougher kinds of media, like TV Talk shows."

"If you really wanna go for the Pilot track, start by flying 737s first. It’s the easiest plane there is. If you like that and if you succeed – if passengers don’t feel ill flying and you accomplish landings well – then you’ll stand a better chance of succeeding at tougher kinds of aircraft, like A380s."

"If you really wanna go for the Peacemaker track, start by doing African countries first. It’s the easiest diplomacy there is. If you like that and if you succeed – if warring nations rally back to unity and your wars are ended – then you’ll stand a better chance of succeeding at tougher kinds of peacemaking, like Israel, Iran or Palestine."

"If you really wanna go for the translator track, start by doing Spanish first. It’s the easiest language there is. If you like that and if you succeed – if poetry is understood by both language groups and your hearers achieve full meaning – then you’ll stand a better chance of succeeding at tougher kinds of translation, like novels."


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