Most of us have spent a good portion of 2020 reacting to the multitude of changes in our work lives and home lives. Whether we reacted wisely or poorly, we were still responding to something happening outside our control.

    How can we stop simply reacting to things and generate inspiration for ourselves, our families, each other and for our organizations? How can we start to generate hope? How do we move the “c” four places to the left and change reacting to creating?

    Inspiration Fueled by Desperation

    We begin to realize our situation is dire and we abandon our fear of change. The risk/reward scale is heavily skewed toward reward and we are willing to try things that were would never have before. Being desperate can also create a unique focus that generates some of our best thinking ever.


    Inspiration Fueled by Transformation

    We learn that old strategies are no longer working and some of our problems may be the result of yesterday’s solutions. We determine what people really need from us now and lean into those solutions. Remember that caterpillars cannot fly until they transform!


    Inspiration Fueled by Perspiration

    We begin to move from thinking to doing and put our ideas to work. Pace is important as we want to fail as fast as we can so we can try the next thing. By working hard, you get closer to your goal through each iteration.


    Inspiration Fueled by Cooperation

    Leverage the work and knowledge of all parties in your organization to find the absolute best solutions. “Better together” and “Teamwork makes the Dream work” are catchy slogans yes, but also statements that are filled with truth. Involve partners and funders in the community in any way you can.

    Finally, remember that hope should not rest merely in getting to the end of the trouble. Hope should also be present in the journey from here to there. Creating hope and inspiration is a critical part of leading your people and organization to a bright and sustainable future. Move the “c” and get going!

    Posted by Brian Keel on Oct. 6, 2020
    Brian Keel

    Written by Brian Keel

    As Senior Consultant with Donor By Design Group, Brian brings nearly 25 years of leadership experience gained both in for-profit and non-profit organizations. This background gives him a keen understanding of the challenges and opportunities inherent in non-profit financial management.

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