Smallest next step

What are four big goals you’re working towards? For each goal, what’s the smallest next step you can take? Set the bar low. Do it now. Repeat every day. You’ll be amazed by the momentum you develop, and how much faster you get things done.

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 8 (bonus episode)

This is the eighth-and-a-quarter post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. Rule 8: Create Boundaries for Yourself Finishing the last post triggered a final thought – the most important boundary you set for yourself might simply be, “How much is enough?” This is a door that swings both ways. Never Enough If we’re not…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 8 (part 3)

This is the eighth-and-a-third post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. Rule 8: Create Boundaries for Yourself Where should you focus? A big part of the answer to this question is the choice we always face between now or later – the well known tension between the urgent and the important, a la Steven…

Who’s who?

How do you talk about who’s who in your organisation, and what does it say about your values? One Acre Fund is an organisation that spends about US$100 million per year on their program, with 8,300 staff serving  760,000 families (or more than 4 million people) in more than six countries. They are doing excellent work, and my impression is…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 8 (part 2)

This is the eighth-and-a-half post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. Rule 8: Create Boundaries for Yourself Many of the boundaries that we face are immovable, like limits to the time available to us, or being able to be in one place at a time, or the limited nature of our knowledge, no matter how…

Making your own waves

With a backlog, you’re paddling hard for a wave that’s leaving you behind – you might just catch the wave, but it’s rarely what you were hoping for, and more often than not you end up exhausted from paddling, and still behind – like in the first few seconds of this clip: With a frontlog, you’re building an asset and making your own waves.…

Frontlog

A frontlog is way better than a backlog. It’s when you get things done and dusted ahead of time – either finished well and entirely off your plate, or loaded and ready to go to the right people at the right time. A backlog slows you down, puts you in a pinch, makes you rush, gives you tunnel vision, means that…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 8 (part 1)

This is the eighth post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. Rule 8: Create Boundaries for Yourself Create boundaries for yourself. What do you do? What don’t you do? This is a variation on “It’s not for you.” Any work we do is in tension with boundaries. There are boundaries we don’t want. Limits to: The number…

Backlog

We all know about the backlog: The work we never quite catch up on The to do list items that have fallen off the bottom of the page The promises large and small we haven’t quite managed to keep The dread of knowing that you could put in a hard day’s work today and still start tomorrow behind Backlogs are…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 7 (part 4)

This is the seventh-and-a-quarter post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. Rule 7: Charge a lot (but be worth more than you charge) A last argument for applying this rule in non-profit context is that if your clients pay, your resources go further, and you can serve a lot more people. We covered this…