May 8, 2018

Karen’s Ultimate Test: Is This a Good Plan?

People on the edge of a lake looking at it.

We like to hike, especially on summer mornings when we travel. Sometimes we come to bridges. Stone bridges are good. Solid wood bridges are good. But open slat or rope or wobbly logs over swiftly moving creeks—not my favorite. Nonetheless, I will step upon them to cross if I can see that they will bring me to where I want to go… in advance.

Your plans should also let you “see” that you can reach your destination from where you are. With firm plans, you can feel that the next step you take and each one after that will let you place your foot on something substantial that leads you to your destination.

Can you in your mind’s eye see in advance how your plan gets you from here to there? How many of your projects, big and small, get you from here to there—in your mind’s eye?

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Karen Eber Davis

Karen Eber Davis provides customized advising and coaching around nonprofit strategy and board development. People leaders hire her to bring clarity to sticky situations, break through barriers that seem insurmountable, and align people for better futures. She is the author of 7 Nonprofit Income Streams and Let's Raise Nonprofit Millions Together.


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