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This past week I travelled to Seattle for a Grantmaker Conference. Though the conference was not intended for nonprofits, I was able to learn so much from participating. One message that showcased everywhere was about “change” and I laughed because this is an area that I am confronted with daily.
Funny thing is, most people don’t like change and there have been a multitude of books, theories and concepts written around it. ”Who Moved My Cheese,” was an elemental approach to get people to embrace change more effectively. Of all the discussion around change, I’ve found the most effective way of dealing with it is embracing the change possibilities and just do it.
At the conference, I knew a change in my conversation needed to occur since it was a setting for funders and I sought to do that. Listening to the grantmakers, I was able to shift my viewpoint and speak from the perspective of a grant maker. Because I had my nonprofit badge on, many times the funders were surprised at my statements because they reflected how one might think as a funder verses a receiver of funds.
In conducting myself in this way, the funders were more open to sharing and listening. I learned that funders have many of the same issues that nonprofits have like fear of getting “involved” and “transparency issues.”
I also became more engaged in the conversation from changing my perspective and was able to glean more from the experience.
While in Seattle it rained everyday. Normally, I’d find a gym in the hotel to keep up a short work out but I decided to change my workout as well. Every morning I got up and took a run through the city — rain or … rain — I ran in a different direction each morning. It felt good to have the rain on my face, the air was super clean and my body started adjusting to what felt “cold” when I first arrived. This shift caused me to realize that in my exercise if I can break routine, I enjoy working out more. Now that was really a great benefit of change.
On my last day in Seattle, I took a walk around the block thinking about how I’d interjected new thought and new physical activity into my life. I thought, “life is good” and just as I thought it, the sign appeared to correct me reading “change is good.” I smiled and agreed.
What will you agree to change for confirmation today?