This post is all about how you break into your "zone of genius" as a change agent, and overcome 5 specific fears that get in the way of so many of us who are committed to doing the best we can to make a better world.
In his book The Big Leap, Gay Hendricks challenges us to find our zone of genius, where work doesn't feel like work, and where you generate dramatically outsize impact in relatively little time. ...
For many, the start of a New Year is a time to make resolutions about what you want to do differently in the coming year.
If those New Year's resolutions are working for you, go for it! But for many people who feel a strong calling to contribute to a better world, it's actually much more powerful to reflect on what truly brings you joy, and to move towards that joy as you answer your calling in the coming year.
This post walks through the self assessment that we use with all the social entrepreneurs and philanthropic leaders in our Joyful Impact accelerator programs. Check out the video, download the survey and give yourself the gift of joy AND impact in the year to come!
What is the portion of your wealth that exceeds your needs? What are you prepared to give away, and on what basis do you determine that?
This post is part of our series the 10W's for Donors: Design Principles for Your Giving.
This series is inspired by the idea that every donor comes to their giving with a unique combination of factors to incorporate and accommodate. Whatever your level of giving, why not become more aware and deliberate about the key considerations shaping the design of your giving? The greater your awareness of what’s driving your design choices , the greater your opportunity to land on giving that truly makes sense for the world and for you.
A great way to start getting insight on your wealth stance is by charting out a lifeline for your net...
The world has never been more in need of a new greatest generation of change agents. This is not about heroes going it alone against the challenges threatening our shared future. What we need are people who have found new ways of growing themselves and collaborating with others within a community grounded in shared values.
The video for this post is about committing to the commons--to our shared interests--in new ways. It explores two tools for stepping up your collaborative skills.
The first is from the field of international partnership brokering. This technique has been developed over past 25 years to promote sustainable economic development internationally. It has had ll kinds of successes in economic development from Nepal to Nigeria and is increasingly being successfully applied in other fields. The secret sauce is about naming and taming individual interests in the process of...
In a previous post we looked at how to create a set of daily practices for connecting with your future self. This post shares a set of tools for meeting with yourself every week to map out the week to come and reflect on the past week.
There's lot's more in the video about how to use these pages, And you can download a customizable template for these pages here.
Upgrading your own internal dialogue is particularly important for all of us with a calling to make the world a better place. In the coaching work I do with social entrepreneurs and with donors, self doubt and harsh judgment of how well we are serving others and living out our calling shows up as a big source of suffering.
This post shares a set of tools for and engaging positively with the thoughts that aren't serving you and your mission as a change agent.
Your highest self is a larger encompassing consciousness that can hear and engage with all the dimensions of yourself: your physical sensations and actions, your thoughts, your feelings, even what is not immediately conscious. Shifting your thoughts is a...
This is a bigger challenge than ever as the world gets more and more uncertain. Everyone involved in a social enterprise tends to look to the leader to be a steady hand in the face of chaos. It's an understandable impulse, and it's very tempting for social entrepreneurs to respond by trying to create a sense of certainty and security for their funders, their board members, their team and all fo their stakeholders.
But overselling certainty creates a lot of challenges for you as a social entrepreneur. The most complex social challenges need a strategy that is emergent, not predetermined. The more you sell certainty, the harder you make it to shift course as circumstances change. Protecting the space to operate in an adaptive way is vital for success if you are going after complex social...
Which way do you want to jump in when it comes to gearing up your giving? This is one of the design fundamentals for donors.
Answering this question starts with stepping back from the common labels of “funder” and “grantee.” Instead, let’s look at four functionally defined roles for advancing social change. Whatever issue or challenge you are focused on, this post and the worksheet that goes with it will help you understand which of these practical roles you are best positioned to play within the change agent ecosystem.
Stakeholders—this is the broadest category, including any and all people with an interest in the issue in question. For example, everyone living in the Colorado River watershed is a stakeholder when it comes to water conservation and allocation policies.
Entrepreneurs—these are people with an idea AND an operational...
One of the best things you can do to build your joy and your impact as you go after your vision for a better world is to become better friends with your future self. This post shares some ideas for how to get started on this path through the practice of a daily meeting with your future self.
Taking even a few minutes a day to pause and connect your present self and your future self in a dialog is one of the most powerful ways to boost your joy and impact across all the areas of your life!
The "daily priming questions" on the left hand side of this sheet are what I use for my daily meeting with my future self. Download a copy for yourself, and check out the video for more on how to use this sheet. Even if you don't sit down and write out the answers...
Flow is the psychological state when we are at our most creative and productive--made famous by psychological researcher Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi. In flow we get so caught up in the passion of what we are producing that we can lose track of time and what’s going on around us. An hour of creative writing goes by and we hardly notice it. Or we’re on the playing field with our team and time seems to slow down and we know just where the ball is going before it even gets there.
The work we produce in this state is often our best, and also our fastest. But for many of us, flow happens more by accident than on purpose. The good news is that the research points in some very helpful directions to help you get into creative, productive flow...
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