Goal #1, Hearts and Minds:
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At Rainmaker Consulting, we help organizations build a Culture of Philanthropy. However, if you simply want to kick off the year with actions that get you started on either building a new Culture of Philanthropy or advancing an existing one, here are three EASY goals that will help you. Stay tuned as we share two more goals through the end of this week.
But first, we want to address culture change. According to Robert Gass of the Social Transformation Project, culture change is about three different domains illustrated in his model, Wheel of Change; Structures, Behaviors, and Hearts & Minds. You will not make any ground creating a Culture of Philanthropy without addressing all three. I recommend you take one step forward in each of these domains. And today’s domain…Hearts & Minds.
Goal #1: Hearts & Minds: This domain is where attitudes, beliefs, and perspectives lie. I prioritized this because it is most often overlooked. We often jump to Structures and Behaviors, ignoring this one. (It’s the part of culture that is comparable to being the fish in a dirty fishbowl – because the fish is in the water, he doesn’t even notice it’s dirty.) Here are some Hearts & Minds steps to get you going:
1. Take on being a scarcity detective: Observe what you say. Observe that little conversation in your head. Where do you notice thoughts and opinions which are based on fear and scarcity, especially when it comes to what is possible in your agency? Carry around a pad of paper or use an app to record these things. It may include the fear of finding sources of potential funding, opinions about particular donors, the fear of asking for money, thoughts about how much help you get/or don’t get from fellow staff, leaders, or board members, or your ability to achieve your goals this year. *
2. Once you have a number of things on your list, consider this: Our attitudes, beliefs and perspectives, and what we say (internally or externally) about what we think is strongly correlated to our outcome. Another way to say this is…. Watch your words. They determine your future. Look honestly at where your mindset is in the way. Do you have opinions about what is possible that might be blocking your creativity or your ability to achieve results? (Notice that the person who says I could never… usually doesn’t!)
3. Once you pay attention to your opinions, you have more control and ability to make change. If you are ignoring the Hearts & Minds, you are at its beck and call. You begin to have a choice the moment you notice the degree that you might be in your own way. Find a daily technique to shift to being the YAYsayer instead of the NAYsayer. What might your mantra be for a Culture of Philanthropy?
*Notice that I didn’t suggest that you make a list of other people’s fear and scarcity language. While that can be a good exercise, it’s most powerful when we self-reflect first, then invite others to self- reflect with us. This exercise is great to do with a team that is committed to building a Culture of Philanthropy together.
Join us tomorrow and learn about Structures, Goal #2 in our series – Three Easy to Achieve Culture of Philanthropy Goals for 2021.