On May 10th, we kicked-off our first Management & Leadership Training Program. It’s a year-long program where managers and directors meet monthly to learn the essentials of management and leadership. Some of the topics include the difference between management and leadership, understanding yours and others leadership style and strengths through “Strength Finders,” Meeting Management, Team Development, Understanding the Change Process, Managing and Leading in a Catholic Environment, Emotional Intelligence, and Leadership.
In today’s fast changing and complex environment, having leadership at all levels of the organization is critical to success. We want to ensure our managers and leaders understand the core values of trust, integrity, respect and how these values align with our mission, vision, and Catholic Identity. The program will also help us strive to higher levels of performance, ensure we have the right skills to serve our clients and each other, build greater trust and competence, be current and relevant on leadershipt hinking, and provide a foundation for management and leadership practices. It’s also a form of succession planning.
Rich Soublet, an organizational effectiveness consultant, played a major role in designing the program. He has many years as a consultant to major corporations and has volunteered his expertise, time, and words of wisdom and encouragement to Catholic Charities. Rich will facilitate and teach many of the sessions along with other volunteers. Rich is also a long time and active parishioner at St. Paschal Baylon and is a native of Oakland.
Pope Francis said that Jesus teaches us to go out and share our testimony and interact with your brothers and sisters and that by doing so, you Become the Word in body and spirit. Rich is doing just that – sharing his God given talents and passions by helping others. Thank you Rich for your time, talent, and your heart.
Last month, we had a Volunteer Appreciation Party at our Oakland office to celebrate and thank our wonderful volunteers for all the work they do with our staff and clients. My mother always said “never judge a book by its cover.” You would never know the amazing backgrounds of our volunteers – one is fluent in Cantonese, has an MSW, is blind and volunteers at the front desk; another is from Turkey, passed the California bar exam, and is volunteering in the immigration department to improve her Spanish; and another retired as a freelance writer for 25 years and also was an English teacher who now volunteers in our English as a Second Language (ESL) program.
At the party, some of the volunteers shared stories of their clients. Deanne, the freelance writer, talked about Mohammed, her client from North Sudan who is in her ESL program. In less than two years, Mohammed has become fluent in English. He has been a Lyft driver for the past nine months and was a ble to save $10,000 to buy his own car. Practicing his English with his passengers, he has become Lyft’s highest rated driver, earning the maximum stars from his passengers each month and received a bonus from Lyft. Deanne was sharing how Mohammed is exceptionally intelligent, gracious, and a generous young man. Mohammed is now off to college where he is considering the nursing profession.
We cannot do the work we do serving the vulner able without our volunteers. Thank you Deanne and all our other wonderful volunteers for all you do in helping our clients move to prosperity and self-sufficiency.