It's now mid-year and a good time to take a few minutes to review progress. You've learned things in the first half that might suggest changes for the second. And when you are working on endowment and fund raising efforts, it's easy to get in a rut of repeatedly doing the same things.
1 - How much time did you spend on offense - doing things that move you forward on your goals - compared to time on defense - doing stuff that isn't high priority or that others could do?
A quick check on how you and others spent time might startle you. So much of it is consumed by things that don't move your nonprofit forward and maybe could be eliminated or delegated.
2 - Prune plans that aren't working. Your game plan sounded great in the planning but the implementation of some activities didn't produce the results you want.
Don't be bound by ideas that don't work. Change things. That's why you keep game plans on the computer. It's easy to change and adjust them.
3 - Review your team's hits and misses. Move your players around to be more effective. Make some substitutions.
Staff assignments can benefit from being changed from time to time. And board members who have not been active on their responsibilities should be rearranged now. Don't wait until the whole year has passed to find out who's got the momentum. Make adjustments now.
4 -- Celebrate what you've accomplished. Stop beating yourself up for the things that aren't done. I've never been in a locker room at half time, but I'm quite sure the coach doesn't scold but cheers good moves in the first half.
5 - Build momentum for the year end now. December is the busiest time of year and everybody is juggling too many commitments. Apply yourself now when there is more time.
Yes, it's vacation time. Yes, the schedule is lighter. Don't succumb to what everybody else is doing. Use the summer time to focus with who is available. Catch those who leave for the winter and work with them.
Do the unexpected and you'll be surprised by your accomplishments.
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