A time of reflection

Today is the second day of the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah, known as the Jewish new year. And like holidays from most religions, it's a time for family meals, dressing up, prayer and loads of food. It’s the beginning of 10 days of intense introspection leading up to the holiday Yom Kippur.  

In the spirit of introspection, take a look at your own work, your own organization and your own habits with a bit of a critical eye. It's a good time of year to make a resolution -- to be more deliberate, to improve and to make things better. Here are some questions to ponder to get you started:

1. Are you just going through the motions?

Are the things you're doing with your communications and fundraising the same things you've always done? Are they still the right things? Is it time to step back, see how the world has changed and adjust your work accordingly?

2. Are the stories you’re telling the ones that really resonate with your supporters? 

Are you talking mostly about yourself, your work, your organization -- and not getting very far? Or are you telling stories of how getting involved with your organization creates change, transformation, meaning, and joy among your supporters?

3. Are you burnt out? 

Is it time to build some self-care into your work life? Attend an interesting conference, have a walking meeting, take some people you rarely connect with out to lunch. You can find great strategies for individual and organizational care in Beth Kanter and Aliza Sherman’s book The Happy Healthy Nonprofit.

Take this time to step back and carve out some time for review, reflection and planning. You'll be refreshed and ready to get both yourself and your org to the next level.

Author: Michael Hoffman
Tags:
  • Storytelling
  • Strategy
  • Donors