[TheThinkTank] Transition to trusted volunteer

Dennis Wollersheim dewoller at gmail.com
Sat Dec 28 00:05:20 PST 2019

Thanks for that Gordon. Sounds solid. Can you post the conflict of interest


On Sat, Dec 28, 2019, 6:02 PM Gordon Hamachi <gordon.hamachi at gmail.com>

> Dennis:
> I am with the Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange. We have an explicit
> conflict of interest policy designed to prevent volunteers at any level
> from profiting from their volunteer activities.  Removing the incentive of
> personal financial gain helps to see that volunteers are taking more
> responsibility for the right reasons.
> Our shop leadership is mostly self-selected volunteers who show up at our
> steering committee meetings that happen every other month. From this
> additional time commitment and willingness to take action items it quickly
> becomes evident who is a committed and trusted volunteer.
> Responsible leaders are developed, not born. You should be taking steps to
> meet and get to know the volunteers to decide which ones you trust.
> Remember their names. Make them feel welcome, continually remind them of
> your shop’s goals and organizing principles. Invite them to incrementally
> assume more responsibility.
> I got drawn into a leadership role at my shop when I observed how hard our
> leader was working, and asked if there was something I could do to help
> share the burden.
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