M. Night Shyamalan's new movie “Glass” had me re-watching and re-discovering the depth of it’s prequel “Unbreakable”. One of the prevailing themes I find compelling is that of finding our place in the world. Since this isn’t a movie review and I don’t want to be a spoiler, I’ll simply share that one of the most poignant lines in the movie from one of the main characters is as follows:
“Now I know my place in the world - I’m not a mistake.”
Wouldn’t it be amazing if we all could say that for about our work? I feel incredibly grateful that these days I feel very much that way. I note this as I seem to find myself in similar conversations with nonprofit leaders around essential “out of the gate actions.” My gratitude comes from working with several of these leaders and seeing the positive impact of implementing these steps. Interestingly, these conversations often have different start points - maybe you’ve said or at least felt this way:
Any of them sound familiar? From my perspective - and having the privilege of working with newer nonprofits - these challenges reflect the growing pains that come from moving from infancy to the growth stage of a nonprofit. When I hear some or all of the above, I recommend the following:
I hope the above is helpful. At minimum, you might be enticed to watch “Glass” now that it’s on video. If I can help you and your nonprofit, please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Grabel is the President of Nonprofit Now! You can find his posts here and at www.robertgrabel.com
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