In today’s episode of Reid Hoffman’s new Masters of Scale podcast, our own Greg Baldwin guest stars to talk to the legendary tech founder and investor about a trait that’s no stranger to volunteers and volunteer managers: grit.
“Successful entrepreneurs need ideas, money, good timing and a hefty dose of luck,” Hoffman insists. “But none of those matter if you don’t have grit.”
The series features interviews and ideas from famous founders and passes along their tips and wisdom so that all listeners might better scale their own organizations. And we’re thrilled that today’s episode focuses in on the social sector, taking a closer look at some nonprofits that are scaling masters, too.
VolunteerMatch’s president Greg Baldwin joins Reid to examine a key component of grit: making big, bold, sometimes unreasonable asks. Greg and Reid review the results of a flash poll of the VolunteerMatch community (which if you’re on our email list, you may have participated in!) Volunteer managers at nonprofits were asked exactly how much they think they can ask of volunteers, specifically, if they’ve ever heard a volunteer say “You’re asking too much of me”. Of over four hundred volunteer managers, only eleven percent had ever heard this kind of push back.
What’s more, when the poll asked these managers whether they thought they could ask more of their volunteers, a whopping seventy percent of those surveyed said yes. “As a rule, I think we tend to underestimate people’s hunger and desire to be helpful,” Greg says in the episode. “But what we find so often is it’s in those big bold asks, those unreasonable asks that some of the most amazing things happen.”
“As a rule, I think we tend to underestimate people’s hunger and desire to be helpful,” Greg says in the episode. “But what we find so often is it’s in those big bold asks, those unreasonable asks that some of the most amazing things happen.”
In addition to Greg’s appearance on this episode, you’ll also get to hear from the incredible Nancy Lublin – the embodiment of “grit”.
Tess loves her role as VolunteerMatch's Senior Marketing Manager because she gets to put words to work for social good! When not reading and writing, Tess spends her time obsessing over her cat and getting excited about food. She holds a Master’s of Nonprofit Leadership and a B.A. in Public Relations.