Good Afternoon VisionServe Alliance Leadership – I wanted to offer you a few thoughts for leadership that I gathered through two online town halls I attended in the last 24 hours.
Dan Cardinali and Independent Sector teamed up with Bridgespan and offered some great advice. They suggested compartmentalizing your planning in the four areas:
Then they focused on the first three steps of “Eight Steps for Managing Through Tough Times” (link to the full article below):
Take more walks. Someone likened this situation to whitewater rafting in the fog. It will require lots of pivoting and rapid response numerous times over the next few months. As much as possible, pace yourselves – and do the same for your staff team.
Remain “other-focused”, acknowledging that people process things differently and we may need to provide more reality checks as we work remotely and move quickly through a dramatically changing landscape.
Inspire & build trust in all we do: that is our currency – utilize it.
The good news is that the Independent Sector (that’s us!) was designed to create and rebuild community. There are so many things we have all wanted to change within our field and beyond it. Let’s embrace the opportunity to fully innovate.
Lastly, be creative, inspirational and occasionally spontaneous. One suggestions was to ask everyone to find a costume or crazy hat to wear to the next staff Zoom huddle!
That’s it for now. I have tremendous respect for you all – thank-you so very much for leading your organization and this network through this pandemic. And do something fun this weekend! (Let’s organize a virtual happy hour via Zoom or other platform soon! BYOB!)
President & CEO| VisionServe Alliance