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Question:
How can our volunteer organization's advisor assist when there's group conflict?

Answer:
One of the advisor's roles is to serve as a mediator in times of organizational crises. Your advisor should remain objective when dealing with emotional or divisive group issues, but he/she can provide guidance from his/her own experiences or provide direction in terms of outside resources that can assist. Additionally, it is important for the advisor to be knowledgeable about any laws, regulations, and ethical considerations that may apply to the situation. The advisor can provide suggestions to help the group resolve their problems, but should do so without influencing the group's decision.

Question:
How can the Family Readiness Group (FRG) assist the unit command group with their sponsoship programs?

Answer:
The purpose of the Army Sponsorship Program is to ease a Soldier’s transition into the unit and his/her new military community. The Family Readiness Group (FRG) can assist the unit command group with their sponsorship programs by helping newcomers to the unit. For example, FRGs may have a welcoming committee, Family Sponsorship Coordinator, or Hospitality Chairperson who prepares welcome packets to distribute to new members of the unit (and FRG). This person or committee may also help connect the newcomer with an existing family (who has a similar family unit such as teenagers or young children) to provide support and assistance; contact and/or visit newcomers and make sure all newcomers are added to the FRG’s phonetree and newsletter mailing list.

Question:
How important is it for an organization to measure the effectiveness of its leaders?

Answer:
It is important for an organization to assess its leaders to make sure they are effective at carrying out the organization’s mission. Surveying the effectiveness of an organization’s leaders allows those in charge of the organization to develop solutions to resolve any issues that result, strengthen areas of weakness, improve communication, etc. Some examples of what the survey or assessment should include are: ·Are the organization’s leaders competent and ethical in their practice? ·Are organizational goals, missions, etc. effectively communicated to all members of the organization? ·How satisfactory is the organization’s personnel policies and their efforts to orient new employees, explain benefits, resolve problems, etc? ·Do employees have sufficient resources to perform their jobs?

Question:
How important is it for community leaders to keep their personal grievances private?

Answer:
Because community leaders are often in the public eye, others often scrutinize their actions much more than the average person. Their reputations are affected by their actions and they way others perceive them to be. When community leaders publicly express personal grievances, there may be a negative impact on personal and organizational credibility, effectiveness, and reputation. Therefore, to be an effective community leader, it is important to demonstrate behavior that reflects positively on both the leader and organization. This does cannot voice their personal grievances, but that they should be aware of the possible consequences of their actions.

Question:
How is a facilitator different from an instructo?

Answer:
In an educational environment, an instructor’s role is to convey information and direction to students such that the control and responsibility lies predominantly on the instructor. A facilitator, however, may also be conveying information and direction to others, but the control and responsibility shifts more toward the students. Facilitators use different techniques to get the students to participate more in the learning process. Similarly, in a group setting where members are given a task (e.g., to solve a problem), a facilitator would help by asking probing questions and coaching group members to develop a resolution – often without influencing the group with his or her own personal thoughts or ideas.

Question:
What are the basic roles and functions of a Family Readiness Group (FRG)?

Answer:
A Family Readiness Group (FRG) is an organization of family members, volunteers, and Soldiers belonging to a unit, that together provide an avenue of mutual support and assistance, and a network of communications among the family members, the chain of command, and community resources. Members should feel welcomed and the activities held should be varied to support the interests and needs of all members.

Question:
What responsibilities does the Family Readiness Liaison have?

Answer:
According to the Army’s Family Readiness Group Leader’s Handbook, the Family Readiness Group Liaison (FRL) is the officer or non-commissioned officer from the unit who serves as the link between the unit commander and the Family Readiness Group Leader. The FRL provides logistical support for the newsletter publishing (if applicable) and up-to-date names and addresses of FRG members for mailing.
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