As my offer, I want to:
Use my life experiences to help guide young persons through whatever problems and concerns they have.
Use my expertise and experience to help mentor other adult volunteers to make the best and more of what they already know and can do.
Help build up self confidence in others – both adult and youth.
Improve the organisation and its structure to become far more efficient.
Improve communication through the organisation and demonstrate the benefits of that.
Help to improve practical, technical and diagnostic skills across young people and adults.
Instil the sense of respect, honesty and integrity by acting as a role model (to all).
Encourage the application of self-discipline and responsibility.
Apply my leadership skills without them being wilfully undermined.
Use my personal strengths to advantage the organisation.
Add value rather than just my time.
As my reward, I want:
A sense of teamwork – where everyone supports each other and looks after each other.
Acknowledgment that experience that is relevant to the organisation, is not confined to how many years of working in the sponsoring service, but significantly includes life and professional experience.
Inclusion through communication.
Interest in the person as an individual rather than just the rank or role.
To be valued by action, not just through passing terminology.
An understanding from the Chain of Command that they are not there just to “Command”, but also to support and facilitate and not to hinder; Ownership of a task is not absolved when instructions are issued, but when the task is completed and handed back.
I was quite proud of how clear my reasoning became after this, and it makes it really easy to be honest about what I want from this arrangement.
But, as I’ve done this exercise after joining, is this a reasonable expectation?
It is to me!
Let’s see if the organisation agrees.