Published: 11 months ago

Thursday Three For All

It’s Thursday, kiddies: the day when I roll out a few things I’ve been reading over the past week. Three of ‘em, to be exact. Enjoy. (Remember: click on the big bold print to read the entire article.)

 

Eight Reasons Good People Volunteer

(via @markbeeson) The fall surge is coming quickly (if it hasn’t hit you already). With it will come new opportunities to serve, and new people who are willing to serve. But why do people step up? Mark Beeson gives eight great reasons.

Dustin is a volunteer. He runs a very successful business, enjoys a great marriage and inspires a lot of people.  He’s uber-talented. He’s a great man.  Why do people like Dustin – great people with full and busy lives – volunteer?

Let me offer a few reasons why good people volunteer. It’s not an exhaustive list but it summarizes a few key points for team-building and might be worth considering.

Eight Reasons Good People Volunteer to Help You

  1. They want to see done the thing you’re trying to get done.  What you’re doing isclear to them, and clearly important to them.  Because they value what you value, what you’re doing is clearly worth their sacrificial effort.

 

The Logic of Long Lines

(via @theatlantic) Church leader, business leader, any leader: your organization probably has lines. Whether it’s parents waiting to check in their kids or a hungry teenager waiting to get a chicken sandwich and a side of fries, what are you doing to trade value for time?

Waiting puts into serious question just how much a person values their time. But just because a person is willing to wait in line, does that really mean they don’t value their time? Not necessarily. Some queues are inevitable (such as at the doctor’s office), others annoying (the drug store), and some are volunteered for (Chipotle). The amount of time Americans spend waiting in line each year is roughly 37 billion hours. For businesses, queues are double-edged swords: Long wait times can frustrate customers, but they can also enhance the reputation of a shop—especially if that shop is a restaurant.

 

Kid Swallows His Dog’s Chew Toy. Obviously.

(via @laughingsquid) Moment of honesty here: middle school Danny would’ve thought twice before having this thing removed. Because awesomeness.

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