After being in the profit business most of my life, the last three years in the nonprofit has been a challenge. I guess for me the biggest challenge is that I had never done it before, but I soon realized that it wasn’t much different then the profit business. You still have to control a budget, take care of your staff, take care of your customers, or in my case our members.
So this is my advise for anyone thinking about joining a nonprofit. First you need to review ever aspect of your organization, and spend all your free time looking at other nonprofits in your field. When I was with Wal-Mart, I learned early on, that our founder Sam Walton, had a hard and fast rule, “steal shamelessly from your competition” I used that advice a different way by looking at other Chambers to see what they were doing to be successful. Recently we joined with 14 other Chambers in a joint meeting at our office, and what a great day we had. Learning what each other were doing to help their members.
Now I’m the first to admit that we have made mistakes along the way, but those mistakes have made us better, and again we are always ready to do something new!
The biggest lesson though is whatever you do in your organization that involves members, make sure it benefits them first, because they are the stockholders, and they deserve to have all of your attention.
With that all said, I am always looking for new and exciting ideas, so please respond to my blog, and because of that nasty spam, all replies have to be approved, hope you understand. I get about five spams to every legitimate reply.
Thanks for reading my blog, and have a great week!!!