Quickstart Guide

Become More Effective, Adaptable, and Resilient

When used conjunctively, these are the fastest ways to start developing truly sustainable nonprofits that are effective, adaptable, and resilient.

In "80/20" fashion (read what this means below), this Quickstart Guide produced 80% of the results with 20% of the effort. These really are the top three things your nonprofit should do and, since they're not "our" ideas, it's our job to create awareness and encourage implementation of them not re-create them with new content. We have the answers out there, we just need to use them.

Each of these ideas has an accompanying book which we strongly encourage you to read. Over time, in line with the Lean Startup concept of a "minimum viable product" (grandfather to "agile"), we will make it far more comprehensive and feature-packed, but we needed to start sharing it, talking about it, collecting data about it, and learning from it.

We'll also be building-upon this foundation in actionable monthly resources that will help your secular nonprofit continue to grow and sustain its impact.

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1) Start Developing an Infinite Mindset

"Leaders who embrace an infinite mindset build stronger, more innovative, more inspiring organizations full of trust that have the resilience to thrive in an ever-changing world." (-Simon Sinek)

Learn more about the idea from Simon Sinek, and buy his book here (or better yet, support your local library). Listen to a podcast with Brené Brown and Simon Sinek about the infinite [game] mindset here.

2) Practice 80/20 Thinking

“The few things that work fantastically well should be identified, cultivated, nurtured, and multiplied.” (-Richard Koch)

The most reliable way to "work smart, not hard", the 80/20 Rule (also known as the Pareto Principle) has been proven again and again: 80% of X comes from 20% of Y, where X could be results, new customers, donations, happiness, financial return, time used, complaints, etc., and Y can be customers, employees, campaigns, products, etc.

Use it to analyze problems, discover possibilities, simplify processes, and streamline operations. Watch a helpful video (here) about the 80/20 rule by Oxford grad and best-selling author of The 80/20 Principle (buy book here– another +1 for local library), Richard Koch (visit his website here).

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3) Plot It On The Map of Meaning™

"Create work worth doing, a life worth living, and organizations worth having." (-Marjolein Lips-Wiersma, creator of Map of Meaning)

The Map of Meaning (based on peer-reviewed, empirical, academic research) can offer new insights into specific aspects of meaningful work, as well as provide a complete approach to organizational transformation.

Familiarize yourself with its components here, then try this organizational exercise here. You can also purchase the book here (+2 local library).

PLEASE feel free to reach out and ask us questions about these ideas and how you might go about implementing them. You're not bothering us– this is the best part! We love love love talking people through these approaches, especially because each circumstance is different yet equally promising. Ask us a question! It's free :) 

Or, if you'd prefer to talk through something over the phone (or video) and see if we're a good fit, schedule a Quickstart Session. Also be sure to visit the idea exchange forum.