Six years ago I was stuck. I lacked the clarity and direction on where my business or career were going. I was frustrated.
I was busy working on the work, but I wasn’t working on myself or my business. Overwhelmed and stressed, I needed help.
I signed on with a coach. He pushed. Made me feel uncomfortable. Held me accountable.
Today, I have a clear path on where my business and career are going. It’s very different from where it was six years ago and my vision for my career is much more exciting. Helping people share their meaningful work in a meaningful way is the mantra I now live by.
It has taken (and still does) a lot of work, discipline, and a desire to change. Key phrase: A desire to change.
What about you?
I don’t have time here to get into all of the details about my journey the past six years, but I want to ask, what about you?
As a nonprofit leader, you wear many hats. Time and expertise are at a premium. And it seems that you and your team are always at capacity. You too may be frustrated and feel stuck.
What is suffering is the quality of your work and its intended impact, the same events are bringing in the same money, and turnover remains high. Unfortunately, the people you are serving are getting the short-end of the stick. You may not even realize this.
I get it, I’ve worked with (and in) nonprofits my entire career. There’s so much that needs to get done – board reports, Facebook posts, tweets, newsletter articles, presentations, donor meetings, board meetings staff meetings (meetings about yesterday’s meeting), appeal letters, press releases, media interviews, events, emails, and the list goes on.
It’s not intentional. You simply do not have the time or the bandwidth.
Doing what you’ve always done is keeping you frustrated, overworked, and your organization at a standstill. That’s where I was.
And like many of you, I wanted (and desperately needed) change. But how?
I developed the following list to help kickstart your thinking about change. Read on if you are serious about changing your outcome.
1. First, recognize that something needs to change
There’s a better way to work and live. Being self-aware and recognizing that change is needed – for you, your people, your organization – will help get you off the path of frustration and onto the path of freedom and improvement.
2. Desire the change
If you’re comfortable with the status quo then stop reading. If you know you must change, and have the passion and desire to take your organization to the next level, then continue reading. Once you understand that there’s a better way then you can start taking the right steps to improvement.
Let me ask, what do you desire – personally and professionally? It starts from within. First, within you, and then within your department and organization.
Dan Miller, author of the best-selling book, “48 Days to the Work you Love,” shares an insightful philosophy: You must first be abundantly full before you can give abundantly.
Do you desire to invest and fill yourself up?
3. Do the smart work
You know the phrase, “Work smarter, not harder.” Do the right things that need your attention, delegate what others can do for you, and discard what doesn’t support your strategy.
Empowering your people can have a huge impact. They are your biggest asset. Want to reduce turnover? Show your people appreciation. Let them know you care about them by supporting their career goals. Talk with them not at them.
4. Find support
Meet with a mentor, coach, or trusted advisor on a regular basis. Someone who brings a different perspective, has no skin in the game, and has the ability to push you outside of your comfort zone where real transformation starts to occur.
It’s not fun sometimes, but intentionally infusing acute pain will help alleviate the chronic pain. I can guarantee you this: The sun will come up the next day.
What if you could have more clarity, rekindle that passion, gain more time to focus on quality instead of quantity and improve results for you and your organization?
The change must first start with you. If not now, when?
Keep reading if you…
…are a nonprofit leader who is serious about changing how you manage yourself, your organization, and the impact you want to have on the people you serve.
…want to gain more of your time back, work smarter, and get back to focusing on the quality of your work and its intended impact.
…are not comfortable with the status quo, and know that you must change in order to take your organization to the next level.
I’m accepting applications from leaders of nonprofit organizations who are looking to change their outcome by participating in a two-month, weekly Nonprofit MasterMind Program.
There are limited spots available. Only 10 highly-motivated leaders will be accepted into the program.