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August 20, 2009 at 5:16 am (Uncategorized)

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House Painting

June 10, 2009 at 6:29 am (Uncategorized)

Yup, I paint houses too!

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Volunteer Coordination

May 31, 2009 at 10:37 pm (Uncategorized)

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Volunteering is an important resource. There is always a need for free labor. I have donated time and labor to many causes and have realized from my observations of others that there are two types of volunteering; “this makes me feel good” and “this makes someone else feel good.” This article is focused towards the leadership role of a volunteer opportunity. My expertise is in project management and I love to share my knowledge and experience to create the best use of resources. If you are in a leadership role – take note. If you are an abused volunteer, stand back up. Jobs pay the bills but volunteering creates a better world.

The picture above was taken on an “Extreme Makeover, Home Edition” episode that I spent some time on. I actually built the bed in this room and worked with some other awesome craftsman on various projects here. This was definitely a “makes me feel good” even though I went into it hoping to make someone’s life better. I think the kid probably enjoys his new bedroom – he should, we went sleepless for 4 days making it. But in the end, here I am talking about it with pride for what I did and the TV stars that I met and interacted with. I don’t even remember the family’s name on the project. I spent more thought about how I would be on national television than what I was actually doing for good.

I think that as good citizens, we need to focus more on the “this makes someone else feel good.” We should take a little more selfless attitude to the tasks we perform for others. I can’t count the number of times that I have heard someone come back from a church missions trip talking more about what they suffered through than who they actually helped. I recall several events where there was a mandatory “volunteer day” by a company”s management for a good community public relations event. Is the focus on someone else’s needs or selfish ambition?

I want the main focus of this post to be ambition. Why do people volunteer? What makes volunteers productive? Often organizations (churches, non-profit organizations, etc.) wonder why their volunteer events are a flop or why not much gets accomplished. So called “work days” turn into 3 die hard old-faithfuls getting anything done and the rest just show up for obligation’s sake. Leaders need to look at ambitions and skill sets in order to harness productivity and pride.

People have things that they love to do – yet I have seen so many times that work assignments kill the enjoyment of volunteering. For instance, lack of leadership sends a guy who is skilled at handyman projects to a task of serving drinks to others. Likewise, a skilled chef is overlooked and is asked to fix door hinges or change light bulbs. People love to volunteer within their comfort zone or skillsets and they are more productive and effective if they are tasked accordingly.

Again, this comes down to leadership and determination of ambitions. Someone initially goes into a volunteer opportunity to make someone or something else better. In the end, their motivation wains from a lack of accomplishment. The event turns into a negative experience because either they were not used to their full potential (skill sets) or not coached to be as effective as they had hoped to be. This severely impacts the volunteer’s desire for the next opportunity.

If anyone is interested, I have several great tools for leaders to use in volunteer coordination and organization. Volunteering is so much more than having people show up. People want to make a difference. People want to be effective. As leaders, the ability to harness that desire for a cause can turn the “do it for me” into “do it for a cause.”

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George Forman grill? TKO!

April 18, 2009 at 4:35 am (Uncategorized)

foremangrillI have recently been hunting down some unique antique furniture to refinish. Through my ventures into the second-hand stores of downtown Denver, I have found some very awesome pieces to refinish for clients and consignment. The most interesting discovery, however, is how many George Foreman grills are for sale at these places. Not just a few – we’re talking TONS of these grilling wonders lining the shelves with cords wrapped and tangled everywhere. Some heavily used and some still in the boxes. The lean, mean grillin’ machine has seen its days, I guess.

Unlike the fate of Baldy’s great miracle cooker, there are many pieces of furniture that have a second or third round still left in them. Stay tuned for pictures of some of these pieces as they reemerge into their new beauty. Keep me in mind if you are looking for a new life for your favorite furniture. It is amazing how cyclical styles are. Today’s design lines are just refinements of yesterday’s.

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Your closet is messy..

April 6, 2009 at 11:21 pm (Uncategorized)

imgp0127After spending time with family (including the best niece and nephew in the world) I am ready to be back to the real world. Today I have been working on several bids for bathrooms, closet organizers, a Murphy bed, and additional closet space. Since I do quite a bit of urban style renovations, my recent trip to the IKEA store in Orlando gave me several ideas. There are so many great ideas for storage solutions that just simply get overlooked. Keep me in mind the next time you look at your cluttered closet or garage with disgust…

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Vacation

March 30, 2009 at 9:11 pm (Uncategorized)

I’m on vacation refreshing and envisioning new ideas for Blue River Home Services’ customers. Sure, the economy sucks right now, but instead of waiting for someone to bail me out or pay my mortgage, my philosophy is to work as hard or harder than I always have. For some reason, hard work and luck seem to correlate. In between that work, a good vacation does a body good.

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Contractor meets Web

March 25, 2009 at 11:24 pm (Blue River Home Services) (, , , , , )

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