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August/September 2017 - Newsletter

“When we reveal our faults and failings, most people don’t love us less; they love us more.” – Matthew Kelly
Perspective - Capacity

LSN continues to grow.  We have over 500 newsletter followers, two teams of 8-10 volunteers focused on Volunteer NKY and Mentor for Purpose, over 60 organizations engaged over the last two years, many content contributors and now two “Managing Partners”.  I am pleased to welcome Mariann Dunn and Bob Burroughs to our new inner leadership team.  Mariann and Bob are passionate about capability-building service.  Our respective strengths position LSN for continued and sustainable growth.

Capacity comes in many forms but our Managing Partners are uniquely poised to engage our customers and suppliers.  Together, we will identify new customers to use our processes or be involved in our events or work with existing customers to apply our growing toolbox.


Note:  This newsletter is a combined August-September edition.  Expect to see the next one about October 15.

Join us for the volunteer fair at Florence Christian Church on Saturday September 9 from 10AM - 12PM.

Network Updates
Volunteer NKY.
  • Volunteer NKY: Connect.  Florence Christian Church is hosting the third Volunteer NKY: Connect event for 2017.  Local churches and social service organizations are being invited by Pastor Susan Diamond to a volunteer fair to encourage people to find new service opportunities.  This event is on Saturday September 9 from 10AM-12PM at Florence Christian Church, located at 300 Main Street, Florence, KY 41042.  Join the event to engage 15 local organization seeking volunteers.
  • Teen initiative focus group.  A small group met in July to consider how to more directly encourage teen service.  The “teen” space is new for LSN but very important.  This is the time of life when volunteer “habits” get established.  We will take some small steps by establishing a database of teen opportunities and engaging local teen leadership groups.
  • Metrics and Dashboards.  Another small group is working on a “metrics menu” and “dashboard” tool.  We plan to follow-up with a workshop in the Fall for volunteer leaders.  An adage we used to say at work was “you get what you measure”.  Knowing what to focus on and then measuring it is key to organizational performance.
Live with Purpose. 
  • Speaking Events.  Laura Gordon of Mentoring Plus leads our Speaker’s Bureau.  We have had 12 speaking requests this year including various Rotaries and the NKY Business Referral Group.  Our message is reaching more people.
  • Mentor for Purpose Workshops.  Content development is targeted to customer requests.  I am particularly pleased with the number of new social service organizations that are considering mentoring programs.
Book Recommendation

Coaching Questions:  A Coach's Guide to Powerful Asking Skills.  The single most important skill in coaching is asking powerful questions. In this volume, master coach trainer Tony Stoltzfus joins with 12 other professional coaches to present dozens of valuable asking tools, models and exercises, then illustrates these coaching strategies with over 1,000 examples of penetrating questions.

Questions hold the power to cause us to think, create answers we believe in, and motivate us to act on our ideas. Asking moves us beyond passive acceptance of what others say, or staying stuck in present circumstances, to aggressively applying our creative ability to the problem.  Questions honor you as a person and communicate your value as an equal.

Here are some excerpts of powerful and purposeful questions from the book:
Inner Knowing:  "What do you know already about what you were made to do?" "What's been most meaningful to you in life? Where have you found real purpose in living?
Passion: "What are you most passionate about in life?" "If you had a year to live, what would be most important to you to do and be in that time?" "What makes your heart sing?"
Big Dreams:  "Name some of your bigger dreams—what do you want to do that seems farther off or will take a while?" "If you had unlimited resources and couldn't fail, what would you set out to do?”

From The LSN Web Site
The LSN Life Skills Wiki features 5 topics on Money Management.  As with all of our content, the target audience are volunteers who want to build capability with people in need.  How can you support your clients, friends or yourself in this important life skill area?
Money is an essential part of our lives. We need it for necessities such as food, clothing, shelter, transportation and medical services. We may also want it for the niceties of life such as entertainment, travel or technology. We must spend smartly in the short-term so we can save and invest for the longer-term.

Skill Definition:  I can do an overall assessment of financial health and develop a personal action plan to meet goals.  I have an overall framework for managing money.

Key Learning Points:  Financial literacy is a life-long journey with many steps and phases. It takes discipline so take one step at a time.  You must develop a financial management “framework” including risk tolerance, debt philosophy and financial goals.
Save the Dates
Mark your calendar for upcoming events and watch for Facebook event postings.
  • Volunteer NKY: Connect.  Our next volunteer fair is at Florence Christian Church on Saturday September 9 from 10am-12pm.  This event targets community members who are seeking volunteer opportunities.  Click here for our Facebook posting.
  • Metrics & Dashboards Workshop.  Our next Workshop is on Tuesday November 7 from 8:30-10:30am.  This event targets local social service volunteer leaders.
250 Words
My blogs are about life, life skills, service and living to our purpose and potential.  I aim to write about 250 Words (the amount an average adult can read in one minute).
Recent Social Media Postings
Unlike the LSN Blog which is original content, the Facebook and LinkedIn postings are articles gathered from the internet.  The themes match the blogs.  Here are recent favorites:
The Life Solutions Network encourages “purpose, passion, positivity and potential” in the form of capability-building service to our community.  If you want to become a Member, send me an e-mail.  Membership is free; I only ask that you commit to “capability-building”.  Thank you for your friendship, partnership and service.

Tony Aloise
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The Life Solutions Network is a collaboration of volunteers and organizations in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area working to improve life skills capability with people in need.  This newsletter aims to present information, ideas and tools to grow personally and better serve to "add value and meaning to people's lives".
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