Stop this Epic Time Waster

A Not-to-Do-Tip to Super-Charge Your Leadership

Stop this Epic Time WasterYour time is precious. You need to find more help and resources. To help you invest your time well, I help leaders like you blow the fluff and smoke away. As the air clears, you see your best path to your vision. You also discover tasks you can quit or no longer need to do in the same way.
Every chapter of Let’s Raise Nonprofit Millions Together concludes with a Not-to-Do Tip that my clients use to become better leaders.
Below, you’ll find a tip that didn’t make it in the text. Use it to enlist your team to help you raise millions together.

Does this ever happen in your organization?

At a meeting, you announce that everyone needs to invite someone to the next event. You get the usual response: nothing. Well, unless you count looking at the top of everyone’s heads as they gaze at their phones.
To avoid this and similar weak responses: get personal, specific, and repetitive. That is, use PSR.
Here’s an example.
  • Before the meeting, meet individually with several attendees. Share the request to invite someone to your next event. Together explore how the individual will fulfill the invitation. Keep going until you learn the name of who will be invited. As necessary, coach them on how to make the invitation.
  • At your meeting–the one where you were going to make a general request–ask the individuals with whom you worked to share their progress. Then, ask others how they’ll join these individuals completing the task.
  • At every meeting before the event, seek updates.
  • Sprinkle generous praise for every effort to fulfill your expectation.
  • Use PSR. You’ll see results, grow skills, and lead everyone to your vision.

Your Not-to-Do Tip:

Quit Issuing General Requests

Author
Karen Eber Davis

Before founding her firm, Karen Eber Davis developed the Sarasota County Community Development Block Grant Program. Under her leadership, this infant program received the National Association of Counties National Affordable Housing Award for the Down Payment Assistance Program. To date, the program helped over 1,800 families realize their dreams of homeownership. She also worked with the City of Ft. Lauderdale and the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, where she developed the division’s first audit program. In an earlier position at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Tampa, she organized senior, youth, and children groups plus family activities. Her youth staffing work with the Florida Synod of the Lutheran Church in America supported youth ministries in 120 congregations in Florida.