We are human. No shock there. We are all complicated individuals who have a unique set of experiences and thoughts. Our challenge in making change happen, is that we are not always sure what the people we seek to serve want or need. Because it’s really hard to find this out when we are under pressure to get results. Continue reading
Managers in the social impact sector are overworked, under high degrees of stress and pressure to achieve results, and have to keep thinking about how to make sure projects show evidence of change and value for money.
This isn’t easy, as often we are expected to do more, and to reach more people, with less funding.
It may lead, perhaps, to a more evaluative form of management and feedback, and probably to an aversion to risking trying new ideas. It’s hard.
But what if in 2021 we focused more on people than results?
What if we focused on coaching our teams in the true form of coaching? Not career coaching, but coaching to help them take the lead and facilitate the teams’ ideas – truly listening to what they have to say.
It may take longer – at first – to give them this time and support – but the rewards and possibilities will be worth it.
- What went well?
- What was a challenge for you?
- What else? (My favourite question)
- What does success look like? (Future focused)
- What does support look like? (Future focused)
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Sanitising our language means we dilute the many complexities of what it means to make social change happen. Continue reading