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Question:
How can my existing volunteers help me recruit more volunteers?

Answer:
Your existing volunteer force can be your best marketing tool for recruiting new volunteers. If your current volunteers are happy with their own volunteer experience in your organization, it is likely that they will be open to sharing that information to others. Quite often, individuals who are already affiliated with a volunteer organization, club or other association draw in new members. Use your existing volunteers to help identify potential volunteers.

Question:
What is the value and primary purpose of dialogue at the strategic level?

Answer:
Unlike dialogue at the direct leader level that often tends to be more task-oriented (e.g., providing instruction, counsel, working on near-term objectives, etc.), dialogue at the strategic level tends to be more abstract (e.g., encouraging dialogue to persuade others to negotiate a conflicting issue, exchange points of view, gather information, identify concerns, enlist support from other organizations, etc.). Dialogue at the strategic level tends to focus more on future objectives and/or long-term goals, on areas that affect the organization’s vision.

Question:
What kind of organizational alliances are there and how are the beneficial?

Answer:
There are a number of different types of alliances that are established among organizations. Some require formal, legal agreements such as a merger, which is a formalized union of two or more businesses or an acquisition, which is when one organization purchases another (usually complementary) organization. A strategic alliance is another type of formal partnership between two or more organizations that mutually benefit by joining together to combine their talents, skills, products/services, and other resources. This often occurs between complementary businesses that form an alliance to broaden their overall scope of operation, often to create an advantage over competing businesses. Other alliances may be more informal such as an association or network. In the business world, a network typically refers to an interconnected system of related people or organizations that serves a common goal. For example, industry-related businesses often establish a network in which they can share information and promote each other’s services. Alliances can be temporary such as with joint ventures. A joint venture is when two or more companies work together for a specific endeavor. They may combine their skills, technology, and efforts to expand the capabilities of their individual organizations for a particular project. They often disband once their project is completed. These are just a few examples of organizational alliances. Learn more about this subject from the resources listed.

Question:
Why is it important for strategic leaders to develop formal and informal alliances with other organizations?

Answer:
Strategic leaders often develop formal and informal alliances with other organizations with which they have shared objectives. This is particularly beneficial for nonprofit and government agencies. Quite often, these alliances thrive because they can share resources, information, and the talents of their people.

Question:
Why is it so important to go through the chain of command when dealing with issues or problems as opposed to going right to the top leader of the organization?

Answer:
Organizational hierarchies are established to provide an official framework for all the different activities and/or components in an organization. Each unit in the hierarchy has different responsibilities and missions, and accountability is maintained by the reporting done from level-to-level up through the chain of command. It is important to follow the appropriate chain of command when trying to resolve a problem because it helps to maintain this accountability and the problem may be resolved quicker. Skipping levels in the chain of command can cause resentment among individuals in the leadership hierarchy. It may also delay resolution of the problem because the resources needed to resolve it may be controlled by individuals lower in the hierarchy. If further assistance is needed, the issue will be taken forward to the next higher decision-maker in the chain of command.
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