Don’t let the hoops trip up the good ones

28 05 2015

“The definition of success to me is not necessarily a price tag, not fame, but having a good life, and being able to say I did the right thing at the end of the day.” ~Jeremy Luke

Why do people go to work?  Is it the prestige of a big title?  Is it the money?  Well, most of us probably wouldn’t show up every day for free, so money and title may have something to do with it, but I do volunteer my time doing pro-bono consulting for other “feel good” nonprofits, so it’s not just that. If money was the only thing, we probably wouldn’t be working in the non-profit sector, right?Why do well educated, strong leaders choose to work in the nonprofit world?  A skeptic might say “it’s the only job they could get”, but I don’t think that’s the case for most of our leaders.

I think we do what we choose to do because we change people’s lives, for the better, every day.  Many of us started here as the front-line counselors and CSR’s helping these people.  As we move into leadership roles, we have the opportunity… no, the obligation to do what we can to make the lives of those doing the “life saving” easier.  Make it so that they can focus on the customer asking for a lifeline, not deal with red tape, as much as possible.  We’ve got many amazing people on the front lines, doing good work and changing lives.  Leaders should be protecting them from the things that might make them want to quit, not putting obstacles in their way.  Yes, every company has “hoops that we have to jump through”.  Our job as leaders is to make the hoops big enough, and low enough so that it’s possible to get the “good ones” through them without getting tripped up (or fed up).

Speaking of tag…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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