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NONPROFITS MUST RECOGNIZE REALITY

It’s time nonprofits come to grips with the present-day situation. We’re in a pandemic and there is economic stress. The circumstances nonprofits have been thrust into don’t have a clear end in sight and the challenges faced are likely to have long-lasting impact.

I write this not as a pessimist but as a pragmatic.

There are nonprofits not willing to accept the reality we’re in. Some have a mindset this is a short term crisis and business as usual will resume soon. Some are paralyzed by the uncertainty. Others appear set on continuing their same practices as if they’re oblivious to what’s happening around them.

Acknowledging the problem doesn’t mean adopting a defeatist attitude. It means recognizing this is a new time that will require new approaches to keep your mission moving forward.

Consider critical conversations with your staff and board to identify what matters most now and devote your attention to make that happen.

Rather than expending energy attempting to make where you were pre-COVID fit into where you are, focus on what’s in front of you right now. With the unknown exacerbated by rapidly changing conditions, long term planning may be defined in weeks rather than months or years.

Find ways to be creative, take advantage of available resources, pursue opportunities for collaboration, and make sure your messaging is appropriate.

The realist says we are where we are, understands where that is, and rallies their team around a positive direction that considers existing limitations.

As a nonprofit leader stay positive, keep working, and be safe.

Speaker and Author, Hardy Smith works with nonprofits and associations who want an ongoing culture of performance. A master storyteller, organizations across America have benefitted from Hardy’s extensive career in the world of Nascar racing. His involvement with nonprofits, volunteer and community based groups nationwide has earned him the title of: “The Guru of Nonprofits!” Hardy offers: Keynotes, Seminars, Workshops, Leadership Retreats, and Strategic Planning Sessions! Book Hardy today: https://bit.ly/2ZFALqb

Weekly #WOWfactor-Is Your Life HACKED?

hackedRecently I experienced a major “invasion” of my website, email, and my life! All of a sudden when you came to this site you were connected with a foreign company! Our staff did not want to believe with all the security measures we have both here on the site and on all my devices this could happen! But it did! It was not an easy fix, but with the dedication of Assistant, Angela McPherson, of  www.noteworthynetchicks.biz ,  we were back up within two days!  No one realizes until it happens to you what you have to do correct it, and protect it from happening again!

As I was walking through this journey and receiving calls and emails asking what was going on, all I could think of was: “how will this affect the awesome professionals I represent here in being able to promote, market and book them for events?”  This business is not based on me; but on You, the ones who need the expertise of my speakers and presenters, and for our professionals to be “heard and seen” so they can do what they do best!  All kinds of thoughts raced through my mind!

After the initial panic set in, I realized I had a choice! I could let this “hack” into my entire life and lose the edge that has made this business successful, or I could use this experience as a motivation to become better and stronger in this industry and also help other face the same things in their lives as well!

Guess which one I chose? I attacked my agenda with a new fueled fury! I was not going to let defeat my attitude and want to run away and hide! I let people know what was going on, and yes prayers went up by many for the solution to be handled quickly!

Once the site was back up and running I saw this affirmation on LinkedIn, and I realized what had happened! My friend, Melanie Benson Strick shared this:

 “#Success Tip: If you are a problem solver, you’ll always have problems to solve. Become a solution generator.”

Today I ask you, are you letting your life, business, and world be “hacked” by all the problems that come up; or are you resolved to become a “solution generator” and live a life of fulfilled purpose and plan? Today is the right time to make a choice, and get to work!

Have a great day!

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Owner: “Simply” Sue Speaks! Former AT&T Executive, speaker, author, recognized Entrepreneurship, Small Business, Sales & Marketing Expert. Her professionals bring the “WOW” factor to your next event. Click on Contact on this site, it’s easy to book great talent here!