A repetitive finding in my research, from my dissertation about an advocacy organization’s volunteers to my current study of Millennial agency professionals, is that getting along with the people one works with or volunteers for is critical to one’s satisfaction with a work or volunteer experience.
I serve on the board of directors for the Cameron Siemers Foundation for Hope, an entirely voluntary non-profit. We give life grants of $5,000 for young adults with life-threatening illnesses to engage in a project that makes a difference in people’s lives. With our annual event around the corner, we’ve been in high gear.
What has been fundamental at keeping us together is that we’re all Landmark Forum graduates. This means that we have all been through extensive training in how to relate to each other, how to communicate when we’re upset with each other, and how to resolve the conflict and move forward. It makes an enormous difference because instead of having things build up as people continue to upset us, we handle things and protect our professional relationships.
Being confrontational is no walk in the park, but it’s much easier with training on how to do it, and it’s much easier because we all have the same expectations about how to handle a situation when someone makes us upset, what the person who is upset should communicate, and how the person who upset the other should respond. We rarely upset each other, but when we do (which is bound to happen within two years of closely working together), we have strong training in sorting things out, and it makes a world of difference.
What do you think about organizations providing interpersonal training?
(affiliated with Landmark education, provides interpersonal training for organizations)
Cameron Siemers Foundation for Hope
(our organization’s information and a place to buy tickets to our event)
Facebook Event Page for the Cameron Siemers Foundation for Hope
(a place to RSVP for our event)
Facebook Fan Page for the Cameron Siemers Foundation for Hope
(please consider joining)
If you’ll be in the Southern California area, I hope you’ll join us for our event on Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Here is the pitch from our fan page and our invitation. Our theme this year is a night of magic and miracles:
Ladies and Gentlemen! Children of All Ages! It’s Spectacular…It’s Fantastic…It’s for Charity!
Join Cameron Siemers and guest hosts Courtney Cox and David Arquette for an evening of magic and miracles at the second annual fundraiser of the Cameron Siemers Foundation for Hope.
Be mystified and amazed by the wizardry of Magic Joe Reohm.
Thrill at the unforgettable spectacle that is the Zen Arts Performance Troupe.
Witness the wonder of Wisdom…Norton Wisdom and his luminous live paintings.
Come face-to-face with pure inspiration when you hear from our Life Grant winners.
Look into the future with our founder Cameron Siemers as he reveals what’s next for the foundation.
Come one, come all for an evening of breathtaking performances, music, dancing, appetizers, a cash bar, raffle and silent auction. Contributions support young adults with life-threatening illnesses as they fulfill a dream, goal, or project that makes a difference in their lives and communities.