Yesterday, one of the nonprofit leaders I work with asked how things were going with the fundraiser I mentioned last week in UPSIDE DOWN: COURAGE AND CREATIVITY EVERY DAY. She wanted to know whether she had been able to turn things around in terms of balancing out her prospecting for new donors and upgrading existing donors. She wasn't the first to ask. I'm grateful people gained new insights from the post. My hunch is that the interest stemmed from the ease to which a solution came about. To summarize: We created alignment between the results she wanted to create and her daily practices.
Taking a bit of a deeper dive, we looked at the results the fundraiser was committed to, determined the actions that needed to happen, looked at where a shift in her perspectives and priorities could occur and co-created an action plan. This is a variation on an activity I often suggest when someone says they're struggling with time management. I suggest they take two weeks, track where their time goes - it's often into a few main buckets i.e. fundraising, program management, supervision etc - and report back.
Once they do the above, we look at the results they're committed to, possibilities for restructuring their time and shifts they may need in their thinking to support those changes. Equally important, we look at where they believe they add the most value in their organization. It's simple but not exactly easy. That's often why they've looked for support from a coach.
Here's my point: Anyone and everyone is welcome to utilize the information above. I haven't provided the Top Ten, Five or Three (or really any!) Secrets of Success. I simply hope this helps you. And if I can support you in putting into practice, please let me know. Because that's what it's all about. Putting into practice - not just getting the information.