Too Much and Not Enough: Thinking Differently About Your Workload
Notoriously lean, nonprofits and their executive directors have too little time and too much work. Although there are common ways to deal with this—increase the workload among the staff or manage only the most urgent—consider strategically engaging a business advisor instead.
A business advisor or business intelligence advisor is someone who is accomplished in their career that can advise nonprofit professionals on ways to grow and develop the organization. These business leaders can help nonprofits strengthen their leadership, financial position, operations, marketing strategies and strategic planning (among others). The benefit to the business advisor is meaningful engagement with the organization, while the nonprofit benefits from receiving high-quality pro bono guidance from someone who is committed to the organization’s mission.
But how does a nonprofit executive director connect to a business advisor? As with any working relationship, clear expectations and communication are key. Here are the 5 tangible steps to connecting with a business advisor
1. Think and plan.
At least once per year hold an offsite strategic planning day (or days if able) to contemplate the high-level direction of the organization in terms of mission, goals, and objectives.