Are you currently covering all of the bases?
- Analyzing the potential of a situation
- Doing what it takes to make it a success
- Going to bat for everyone involved
- Bringing awareness in such a way that people WANT to get involved
How about the runners? Do you have a team? A non-profit leader cannot play the field, hit the balls, run the bases and win. There is just no way to be the MVP, the all-star, the captain and all of the players by yourself.
We learned from Napoleon Hill in the last article about how a leader goes above and beyond. This is all great but we don’t want them to burnout. In baseball, we do not want the ball to go into the swamp where no one is able to go. Certainly, no one will dive in.
I recently spoke with a fund raiser about their program and discovered he was also the assistant to the director. He said, “We wear many hats and sometimes that involves taking incoming calls, doing paperwork for programs, and IT.” I nearly fell out of my chair. As a fundraising professional if I had to do IT (Information Technology) I would have hoped it meant Intellectual Training for knowing what to say when someone says, “I only give to non-profits who really need it. You have a ‘ball’ every year.”
Sometimes, a person is thrown out at first base. We neglect to analyze the potential of a situation. A fundraising professional is skilled in raising money. An IT professional is called when a fundraiser cannot get onto the Internet for social networking. Being honest with the true potential of people and programs is a part of analysis, which leads to success.
A person may be good at getting on base although the round to second goes a little wide and the ball, which is grounded perfectly to the outfield gets thrown in. The second baseman has a solid catch. “OUT!!” Running a good program requires running a straighter line, being attentive to what’s happening on the perimeter and being quick to adjust. You don’t want to get into a pickle but if you do…play it out with the intent to be successful.
Third base – go to bat for everyone involved. This means leading with truth. Fidelity to an original or a standard. There is a sincerity in action, character and utterance. This is when people join a team. They see a player pulling for the batter even though he will surpass the third baseman’s batting average if he succeeds. There is sincere support for success because if the batter hits a home run, it is good for every one.
As the ball goes into the outfield everyone holds their breath in the stands. Will it go over the fence or will the player reach up and catch it? The batter is running as the audience is holding steady. The runner tags base as the ball flies over the fence. A child is heading out to find the ball. His mother is okay because she knows it is nowhere near the swamp.
Home base is where the players have gathered to slap hands with the NEW guy who has the highest batting average on the team. People are watching, they are aware, and they want to be involved.
Happy Memorial Day to you and your family. Enjoy ballgames and the winning run!