A new book promises to guide non-profit organizations
through the tangle of legal requirements. "Volunteer Management: Legal Liability and Insurance Issues," published by the Governor's Office on Volunteerism, outlines guidelines and procedures to limit legal liability and to manage risk.
The book offers information on such topics as general liabilities of volunteers, responsibilities of directors, insurance for volunteers, personnel procedures and risk management strategies. The book was compiled and edited by representatives of Maryland's insurance, legal and volunteer communities.
Copies of the book cost $2.25,plus a one-time charge of $1.25 for postage and handling, from the Governor's Office on Volunteerism, 301 W. Preston St., Room 1501, Baltimore, Md. 21201. Or call the office at (800) 321-8657.
"If women want to get ahead in business, they can't just do a good job and then wait to be recognized and rewarded. They have to seek out somebody who can be helpful," says writer Pat Shapiro, co-author of a new book called "Women, Mentors and Success."
She and Joan Jeruchim interviewed more than 100 successful women and found the majority believed that knowing the right someone had helped their careers. Seventy-seven percent had had mentors -- mostly male since men tend to be those in power.
"Getting a mentor can be a matter of chemistry," the authors say. The senior person simply likes the junior one and wants to help. But they advise that an ambitious woman should try to locate the person with whom that chemistry is likely to occur.
Ms. Shapiro notes: "A woman in her twenties needs a gung-ho mentor for whom career is all. But in her thirties, she could use a woman mentor who can guide her through the problems of combining home and career."
Crossing the line
In the wake of Fox TV executive Stephen Chao's firing for
hiring a male stripper to illustrate a point during a convention speech, you might want to reconsider the boundaries of speech-making.
Don't insult anybody, says Patrick Pharris, whose Newport Beach, Calif.-based company puts together presentations, conventions and videos for companies.
Roger Axtell, author of the upcoming book "The Do's and Taboos of Public Speaking," says, "The No. 1 commandment I've been taught is know your audience," Mr. Axtell said. "The other is never, never tell off-color jokes."