People love a good jigsaw puzzle; the challenge of looking at the top of the box and trying to find the edges and then work to the middle. My sister sometimes make it more challenging hiding the top of the box with the final image. This way she has to remember how they go together and try to put the puzzles together using just the edges as a guide.
Define a clear vision
Don’t make it harder than it has to be. Be specific and clear about where you are going and how you plan to get there. Work with your key constituents (staff, board, volunteers and donors) to help make clear to everyone what the main thing is. As you make decisions, struggle through obstacles and move forward you are then able to compare where you are to the vision. This will help you make better decisions, persist through difficulties and celebrate the progress.
Communicate the picture consistently to key constituents.
The beauty of working in a dynamic community is that we are able to communicate, talk and listen to one another. The process of meeting with key constituents gives an opportunity for exploration and creativity . This process can bring pieces together that we never thought possible. I am always amazed how donors and volunteers engage with talent and resources that I was unaware.
Use a little creativity to keep people motivated.
People want to help but can get frustrated if they do not know how they can fit in. Using a little creativity to find great opportunities for people. Make the time to be creative with the people who care about organization. Keep an open mind and heart. Trust and risk a little. This will keep everyone motivated to engage and participate again and again.
Keep the Vision alive.
I am trying to remind myself the best way to get the puzzle to fit is through a clear vision, consistent communication and a healthy dose of creativity. Let’s not make our jobs harder, use the vision of the organization as a frame of reference. Keep it alive and in front of you as the community builds together a great cause that impacts people.