Take Care of Your People

“Life is meant to be shared. We need each other.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita    images044OR7Q2

YOUR ORGANIZATION IS MADE UP OF living, breathing people.

  • Your Staff
  • Your Volunteers
  • Your Donors
  • Your Clients
  • Your Community

Building relationships and making the best use of the time, talents and treasures of your people, who are united in fulfilling your mission, is well worth your time.

This is based on the premise that although being fiscally viable is important, engaging with, and recognizing the valuable contributions of your people is equally important.

In fact, the latter is crucial to the success of the former.

Your vision and brilliant strategies aren’t worth the paper they’re documented on, without the people who have committed themselves to your important mission with you.

Take care of  your people or they may stop taking care of you.

Make a list of the stakeholder groups who are important to your organization. When is the last time you engaged with them? What are your strategies to ensure you’re staying connected with, and keeping each group engaged moving forward?

The purpose of this blog is to facilitate discussions that will help us all to better engage with our communities. Your participation and feedback are most welcomed and valued. Please join the discussion below.

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5 comments

  1. Wyrd Smythe

    Good advice for any organization! (Falling down on that job was one of my complaints about my own company, both in regard to myself and in regard to how I saw them treat other employees. They wasted opportunities to make good use of willing and capable people and, in the process, damaged the relationships they had with those people.)

      • Wyrd Smythe

        It was even worse for a friend of mine who’s still working there. They’re using him far below his potential, and it does make him a little bitter. As I already did (in part for these exact reasons), he’s planning to take early retirement, too.

        It’s such a waste of productive people!

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