Some things worth committing to:
- to service and impact for human-flourishing (vision, clarity and focus, outcomes more than processes, sustainability);
- to getting better every day (being a pro, showing up, learning, a path to making things better rather than shortcuts and hacks);
- to generosity and investing in others (kindness, sharing what you know, teaching and training);
- to a strong and evolving business model (planning, experimentation and iteration);
- to leadership and good management (executing well and running an effective team or organisation);
- to doing the money part well (financial management);
- to marketing and communication (so that the right people know the right things about what you do, and so that change happens and sticks);
- to building a network (so that the right people are working with you for change, with the right resources);
- to seeing the future and finding new tools (because effectiveness is a moving target);
- to having fun along the way (pow!)
Anything I’ve missed?
Here’s the draft of five questions for first interviews on the DC podcast – let me know what you think. Spec for the podcast (which should have come first) coming soon!)
- Who are you, what do you do, and why do you think it’s important?
- How did your organisation or project start, and how has it changed?
- Can you share an important lesson that you’ve picked up along the way, and how you learnt it?
- Apart from that – is there a book, resource or author you’d particularly recommend?
- What’s next, and what hard-to-find resources or partners will you be looking for?
- What advice would you give to someone who wants to work for change, and is in the early stages of starting a project or organisation?
Backup / candidate questions:
a. What piece of advice to you think you most need to hear?
b. Can you tell me about a person who’s influenced you in a way that helped you to do your work better?
c. Are there any values, commitments or practices that you think are important in running an organisation but are often overlooked?
Have fun, learn lots, work hard, be kind.
If you hadn’t learnt, you’d be dead. If other people hadn’t learnt, it’s much less likely you’d still be alive.
Or reading this.
Or eating that.
Deliberately, consistently, and eclectically.
New ways to see other people, yourself, the world. Better ways to feed our families, serve our people, to live well with ourselves and others.
Learning brings more connections, more interest, more fun.** It brings new and interesting problems to solve, new mistakes and new solutions. When added to kindness, it brings wisdom too.
Learning makes it easier tomorrow – not easy tomorrow, but easier.
** Knowledge, (like being?), is a network, after all.