What is the results when you have more answers than questions? Does it change when you have more questions than answers? Encountering a moment with a fixed or open mindset might be the greatest variable determining how we proceed. We might navigate terrain we never considered when we ask the right questions and seek new answers.
Some resources are like avocados. When ripe they are best used in real-time or the window of usefulness slams close. A few avocado resources encountered this week includes new board member orientation, matching funds on deadline, task force initiative, new member engagement, and gala giving opportunity. For further context, if we prioritize board orientation we communicate expectations, amplify organizational culture, and set new board members up for success. The same implications apply for the other experienced referenced, act now or the resource becomes exponentially less valuable.
When take time to plan, we are better prepared to navigate the terrain we encounter. We can ford every stream we approach or discover that a bridge exists along the route. If we are on foot, the outcome of using the bridge is we move a little faster and keep our feet dry. If we are running a railroad, the impact is the difference between reaching the end of the line and continuing our journey.
What if we framed our boundaries as the conditions under which we would say ‘yes’? The boundary mindset is often thought of as the edge we reach where we say ‘no’. How might flipping our perspective change the way we encounter and interact with boundaries? Would it be more expansive and liberating?
The fundamental expectation is that all members of the social sector are aligned towards Lawful Good. The reality is not everyone is utilizing the same magnetic north. It may be worth considering who is influencing your journey? How might your actions be impacted by the True Neutrals or Chaotic Good? How might we think differently and temporarily adopt the world view of those employing a different scorecard?
Disney Parks have Extra Hour, a benefit for guests staying on property at a Disney hotel. The program provides an opportunity to enter the park early and enjoy access to certain amenities and restaurants before the general public. It is perk for those who have patronized Disney with their lodging selection.
What if we provide ‘extra hour’ opportunities for our greatest fans? This is different than a donor appreciation event or a membership line for quick entry into a programs. It is a behind the scenes glimpse at the work that matters. A chance to have a generative conversation about a strategic question our cause is trying to answer. A candid talk by a program director about the challenges of producing remarkable work for our patrons. An unscripted presentation from our headline speaker, just for this small but essential group.
Online commerce and social networks have made almost any item available upon a click or swipe of our electronic devices. What we cannot buy is remarkable moments; the gathering of a group of people to create a special moment. An extra hour, a behind the scenes, a first look, and chance to provide guidance. What if we were known for our magic moments? What if we shared the early version of our work with those that cared enough to be lifetime members?
To gain a useful perspective, we might benefit by standing back from the heart of our focal point. Even if we climb the highest spire in the center of the mountain range, we may miss the opportunity to assess how each peak and valley are connected.
When working with consulting clients, the ideas that resonate the strongest are the concepts that the client develops, not points that I share. My greatest contribution is to get the team to the right vantage point and encourage them assess the landscape. Creating a mindset that starting from the observation deck is actually the work that matters before one can start the climb.
What adventures exist in our neighborhoods that we might consider? What if we seek the history and stories that are within walking distance? Every great adventure begins with a first step, however we may not need to travel far to take the fist step.
Do we mark the way to the exit for those looking to move on, or do we let them stumble around until they find it without acknowledgement? It is easy to place our energy in marking the entrance but if those who entering encounter a tired and exhausted group of individuals looking for the depart, then neither group is being served. Even the airlines post a member of the flight crew at the plane door to wish us a good onward journey. What if our exit was as remarkable as our first impressions of the cause?