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Senior Consultant John Reid continues his series on the 8 Faces of Leadership in this edition of Transforming Challenges and Tom Reid gives some tips on helping your organization’s staff and Board to transform their attitudes about fundraising.
At The Reid Group, we have a passion for helping leaders and organizations transform their challenges into opportunities to create a better world. One of the ways we do that is through this e-letter, Transforming Challenges. Is there someone you know who could benefit from receiving it? Forward this edition to them and encourage them to subscribe for themselves. They’ll thank you—and so do we!
The Reid Group News
- Our hardworking office manager has just returned from a two-week cruise in Northern Europe. We are thrilled to have her back and look forward to her usual cheerful self once she has recovered from jet lag.
- John Reid is returning to work with the executive team at St. Paul Unity Church–Unitarian in St. Paul, MN on a team-building session. John first started working with St. Paul Unity Church ten years ago.
- The Sisters of Charity of New York have signed a second contract with The Reid Group for work on their “Igniting Charity Anew” project.
- The Salvatorians, a community of priests and brothers, has asked The Reid Group to assist them with implementation of their new plan which was crafted with the help of Maureen Gallagher and John Reid and was recently approved at their April chapter.
- Carol Guenther and John Reid will teach a week-long course, June 25-29, at the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University on “Creative Conflict Management: Paving the Road to Peace in a Conflicted World.” If you are interested in taking the course or auditing it, please call STM at 206-296-5330.
So as you look at your individual or organizational future, what are your challenges? Could you benefit from skilled support? Give us a call at 206-432-3565 or send us ane-mail to start transforming those challenges into opportunities.
Quotes for Inspiration and Action
Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.
There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts.
Of all the needs (there are none imaginary) a lonely child has, the one that must be satisfied, if there is going to be hope and a hope of wholeness, is the unshaken need for an unshakable God.
Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.
Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.
8 Faces of Leadership, Part 2
John Reid, Senior Consultant,
The Reid Group
Last month, we introduced the concept of the 8 Faces of Leadership, focusing on You as a Leader. In this edition ofTransforming Challenges, we will discuss You as a Spiritual and Organizational Leader.
You as a Spiritual Leader
Bill Grace, former executive director of the Center for Ethical Leadership in Seattle, wrote a monograph, “Spirituality of Leadership,” in which he shares some characteristics of a spirituality of leadership:
- The spirituality of leadership invites us to center our lives on God. It is about aligning our lives with the Divine sources of energy that are intending this world to become a place of justice and love. As leaders, we are asked to be of service to this Divine intention. As servants, through listening, humility, obedience, discernment, service, work and celebration, we experience the paradoxical freedom from what is and become the shapers of what might be.
- The fruits of a spirituality of leadership are courage and community.
- The key habits and virtues essential to a spirituality of leadership: Listening, Humility, Obedience, Discernment, Service, Work, Celebration.
- The essence of the spirituality of transformational leadership is discovering and nurturing our best selves and aligning our deepest self with our daily lives.
You as an Organizational Leader
When focusing on You as an Organizational Leader, it is important to think of the organization that you care about as living, breathing, growing, struggling realities–just like you. Peter Senge, in The Fifth Discipline, says that the healthiest organizations are those that are most open to learning and new insights. Here are five questions you can ask yourself to learn more about your organization:
- How well do you and your colleagues know and try to live out the organization’s mission and values?
- Describe the “pace” of your organization. Is it a pace that is most conducive to people’s success?
- What happens in the organization when people/departments are struggling? Does anyone notice? What support is offered to get them back on track?
- How well does the organization deal with conflict? What is one step you can take to help it be more effective?
- How well does the organization deal with change? What is something you can do to help it deal more effectively with change?
We believe that asking and answering these questions on a regular basis (monthly, quarterly) will help you and your colleagues continue to learn and move closer to peak performance. Enjoy!
Spirituality of Leadership
We all know that just because we know the right thing to do doesn’t mean we’ll do it. Sometimes doing the right thing takes a lot of courage and discipline. This monograph, perhaps more aptly called “moral courage,” was written to help the reader find the inner strength “to do the right thing” more often. $6.00 plus shipping. Order on-line at http://ethicalleadership.org/publications.
The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization
In The Fifth Discipline, Senge describes how companies can rid themselves of the learning “disabilities” that threaten their productivity and success by adopting the strategies of learning organizations—ones in which new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, collective aspiration is set free, and people are continually learning how to create results they truly desire.
“I’d Rather Clean Toilets:” Transforming Attitudes Toward Fundraising
Tom Reid, Senior Consultant,
The Reid Group
“I’d rather clean toilets.” Recently, I was working with an organization’s Board on techniques for successful fundraising, and this was an actual comment from one of the members. Doesn’t that just about say it? For a lot of people, that’s how they would characterize their attitude toward fundraising.
Money is one of those topics, like sex or politics or religion, that tends to be off limits in polite company because it evokes strong feelings and deeply held opinions. Everyone has a “money autobiography,” a story of their particular life experience with money, that shapes how they think about money. And how you think about money affects your attitude about fundraising. If that attitude is negative—surprise, surprise—your aren’t going to be effective in any fundraising activity.
Not everyone has a negative view of fundraising, but many do. Lots of people have trouble just talking about money, much less asking other people for it. Maybe, like many of us, you think of asking for money as “begging.” Maybe it gives you that same anxious, powerless feeling you got when asking your parents for an increase in your allowance or your bank for a loan.
It may also be true that even though you have a negative attitude toward raising money, you wish you didn’t. You wish you did like it, were good at it. Because there are causes and organizations you feel passionate about that need money to do their good work and you would love to help them get it.
So how about this? If you want to transform the attitude about raising money in yourself, your team or your Board, put the activity of fundraising into a new context. Instead of “begging people for money,” envision this activity as inviting people to do two things:
- Think about how they are using their gifts to build the community around them.
- Consider becoming part of the mission and vision of the your organization or one you are supporting by contributing a portion of those gifts (money or talent or time) to that organization.
The truth is, you’re not “begging” people for money. You’re offering them a chance to become a part of the mission, values and goals of something you care deeply about. You’re asking them to make an impact in people’s lives. Just like you do.
The Art of Change: Faith, Vision and Prophetic Planning
Think about what your organization could do if the process of planning met the inevitability of change head-on—and it resulted in significant success.
Organizations large and small, religious and secular, for-profit and not-for-profit, successful and unsuccessful, go through change. John Reid and Maureen Gallagher of the Reid Group have been instrumental in helping many groups discover the power of Prophetic Planning. This book presents a complete overview with detailed information that any organization will find useful in understanding how to plan for change.
The Art of Change: Faith, Vision and Prophetic Planning, and its companion CD are now available from Liguori Publications as well as from Amazon.com.