Monday, January 18, 2010

How to Grow Your Organization’s Esteem

High esteem organizations say things like, “We are a recognized and valued partner in our community” and “Even thought we are just a small (substitute regional, independent, etc.) nonprofit, we make a tremendous difference in the lives of those we serve.” Growing your organizations esteem will yield high esteem results including more resources for your mission.

I’ve just completed the January edition of my newsletter Added Value. In it I include a dozen practical tips to grow your organization’s esteem. Here is one:

Take Calculated Risks. Remember the first time you climbed to the high diving board? You stood at very tip of the board, toes over, feet secure, body wobbling, wondering if this new feat was a good idea. The other kids, all experts, holler for you to hurry up. Faced with the disgruntled mob behind, you dived. And, even if it was a belly flop, you were proud that you climbed high to take the leap. Take calculated risks to enhance your organization’s esteem.

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