Your staff doesn’t need another retreat.
They don’t need to learn how to meditate. Or downward dog. Or sit and watch the sun set over a picture-perfect lake at some resort. Don’t get me wrong, these are all really healthy and relaxing things.
But to unlock their full potential, what your team really needs...is to learn how to do their best work, in the gritty, fast-paced environment they live in everyday.
I’m here to air some dirty laundry.
I’ve worked in the social justice nonprofit world for almost twenty years. Without fail, each organization with an inspiring vision (that could bring tears to your eyes) would also have:
- A team of dedicated people who were on the brink of burnout
- Organizational denial of mistreatment of one or several staff members by their peers or supervisors, and
- A poster, quote or button up somewhere that said: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
For a long time, I thought it was me. I thought I needed to work harder. Read more Marx. Pull more all nighters. And be nicer to my co-workers and supervisors. It didn’t work.
Then one day, my mind got rearranged by an article on the nonprofit paradox. I realized that I wasn’t crazy. What I’ve been observing for years was real. And...now that I knew what was wrong, I could find a cure.
Today, I help mission-driven organizations (like you) bring your radical ideas into the world. Without the burnout and drama.