If you are ‘uncomfortable’ sharing this Guide with your current Board Members… that would seem to signify a BIG problem.
If you are sharing this with your Board, we would like to encourage those individual CHAMPIONS and PASSIONATE ADVOCATES to do these 3 things:
- Bring Your Leadership Skills! Bring your entrepreneurial, sales, business and community skills and talents to the proverbial table! If something doesn’t make sense, don’t ‘cop out’ by saying, “This is a ‘Not-for-Profit’. It must be okay.”
“Leaders Lead”: My friend Bob Werner’s words. My emphasis. (Bob is a big-time Mensch and Jewish philanthropic superstar.) SUCCESS for any For Impact Organization is a direct result of LEADERS LEADING! Passion and commitment from LEADERSHIP will overcome all obstacles.
- Ask A Lot Of Questions! As long as you are a CHAMPION and truly believe in the Cause and the Case, your questions are important and valuable… and should be dealt with/answered.
- Challenge The Staff’s Thinking! The staff is committed, competent and also Champions for the Cause. However, they are usually singularly focused on the Mission/Solution and delivering the Impact. They rarely have a business background. Few have any true entrepreneurial experience. And none have ever been trained in sales. Staff should be looking to you (Board Members) for some out-of-the-box thinking and some great ideas around funding, revenue streams, sales and more. Give it to them.