Author Archives: Thomas W. McKee

A National Gathering with an Important Purpose 






My friend Susan Ellis over at Energize asked me to post this news release, and I’m happy to do so because if you’re like me you’re always on the lookout for some quality volunteer engagement events and workshops. This would … Continue reading

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Recruiting Tips to Build Your Dream Team






“In my head, we are already there.” Those are the words Al Harrison (Kevin Costner) said in the movie Hidden Figures, when referring to NASA sending a man to the moon. He had a vision to see men in space, … Continue reading

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How to Mobilize A Volunteer Dream Team






Of the many volunteer teams I have led,  three types of teams stand out. The dynamic, high capacity dream team The dysfunctional nightmare team The rather bland team in which members show up because they have to or for some guilt-driven … Continue reading

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The 2 “Football Basics” of Volunteer Engagement






Fall is different things to different people. To parents it’s back to school. To me the lazy days of summer are over, and I have kick off my sandals and start wearing shoes again. To my son Jonathan and his … Continue reading

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Hard-to-recruit Volunteers






How to Recruit Door-to-door Political Campaign Volunteers… and Other Hard-to-recruit Volunteers On the first day of the Democratic convention Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren challenged the delegates to mobilize teams to go door-to-door and campaign for Hillary Clinton. Yes… door-to-door! … Continue reading

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Mobilizing a New Breed of Volunteers… in Colorado






Awakening, focusing, sustaining, and unleashing the power and passion of today’s volunteers– a workshop by Father/Son Team — Loveland, CO, September 21-23, 2016 This September we’re coming to Colorado to teach our 2-day workshop on everything you need to know … Continue reading

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Turn a “No” Into a “Yes”






The Simple Task of Framing You just made a pitch to a potential volunteer who would be perfect on your planning team… but she said, “No.” You went to all the trouble to set up a lunch meeting with the … Continue reading

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The Check Engine Light of Volunteer Stress






How to Recognize and Respond to Volunteer Stress Warning Signs Stress has been called the disorder of the 21st century. In today’s economic climate companies are stretched thin and tensions are running high. Financial problems, personal relationships, children, and the … Continue reading

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“Mobilizing the Power and Passion of A New Breed of Volunteer” by a Father/Son Team






It is rare that you hear both of the McKees at the same conference. The County of Maui, Volunteer Center is presenting a workshop on January 29 from 8 am to 4 pm at the King Kamehameha Club House featuring the father … Continue reading

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Burnout Busters — Eight tips to prevent volunteer burnout






The 90/10% principle of volunteer involvement: 10% of the membership are burning themselves out to keep the organization on mission while 90% enjoy the benefits and do next to nothing. When I think of that 90/10% principle, I picture a … Continue reading

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