Dani Robbins

Welcome to 2012!

In Leadership on January 23, 2012 at 10:21 am

It’s almost the end of the first month of 2012; the year, in fact, that the Mayan calendar stops. It’s a year that I have made some different decisions about my company, solidified my plans for growth and formalized my plans for strength. What are you doing to plan for your organization and your own growth?

I just received a great quote about planning by Alan LakeinPlanning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” Amen! I love a good plan. Good plans lets you do what needs to be done, instead of figuring out what needs to be done.

When I was an Executive Director, there were times, usually times of crisis, that we had a plan, we followed that plan and were grateful for it! There were also times we didn’t have a plan. Those times were much more difficult and the road was a lot bumpier! (You can bet we created a plan the first chance we got to avoid the same issue happening again; Life is about making new mistakes.)

Plans make organizations work better. Here are some plans that have made me a better leader, and made the agencies I served, both as an Exec and as a consultant, stronger: crisis managements plans, strategic plans, board development plans, resource development plans and crisis communication plans.

All good plans start with answering the questions who are we, where are we, and where do we want to go? Where are you on the path to greatness for your non-profit? Where do you want to go? How are you going to get there?

While you are pondering and planning, don’t get bogged down in worrying so much about the Mayans, if they couldn’t predict the end of their civilization, they probably aren’t going to do much better in predicting the demise of ours. Happy 2012 – and happy planning!

Dani Robbins

Ps In case you missed my sponsorship spot on WBCE; I wish the non-profit you serve an intentional, strategic, and prosperous New Year!

  1. Thank you for the work you did with Earthtouch Nature Preserve in helping us think about our fund raising goals and approaches. We are in much better financial position in 2012 than in many years and your support made a big impact.


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