No mistakes. No regrets. (2)

Mistakes of technique … are to be expected and – to a degree – accepted. You’ll drop catches, make miss-hits, typos, errors of arithmetic. These things happen. Yes, we can improve our technique, and we can improve the system where these mistakes occur. But we should accept that mistakes likes these are part of what it means to be playing…

Show me the money

Love it or loathe it, you’ve got to know where the money’s going to come from, and where it all goes. Get it right from the start – it’s essential to the health and credibility of your project or organisation. It also works like an extra sense, helping you spot trends, opportunities and issues earlier than you might have otherwise.…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 9

This is the ninth post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. Rule 9: Become ever more professional Professionals do it right, they make it work, and they don’t take it personally. Seth Godin Of course your non-profit organisation should be professional. You need to:  Show up – be there for the people you seek to…

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…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 5: Own your Assets

This is the fifth post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. Build and own an asset that’s difficult for other people to reproduce . This is an interesting one in the non-profit world, because an attitude of generosity – of wanting to see problems solved more than we want to build empires – suggests…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 3: Serve Clients Eager to Pay for what you do (part 3 of 4)

This is the third-and-two-thirds post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. Rule 3: Serve Clients Eager to Pay for what you do (part 3) In a nutshell, Seth says that if someone isn’t eager to pay, they’re not your client. You get to pick. So work for people eager to pay. Eager to pay, donors, and…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 1: Real Work for Clients First

This is the first in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. Rule 1: Ship Real Work “Planning and coordination are fine, but not if they don’t lead to real work. Don’t spend time trying to please [middleman-funder-etc] – the real work is figuring out how to engage with and serve your customer.…