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Good C.H.A.O.S.

Monday, March 30, 2020   (1 Comments)
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Why does a crisis put us on high alert? For most, extremes trigger action and reaction. Yes, pushing the proactive button is pivotal. And you should find ways to pivot personally and professionally. 

Did you hear? I said PIVOT, not PANIC.

Panic can look like “Oh no, we have to decide NOW!” or “We have no idea, so let’s not make any decisions yet!” or worse, “I just can’t do it, arghhhh!” (Exception: when my kids ask me 50 questions at once…NO! I just can’t do it!!)

What does proactive look like, especially in the nonprofit community right now? Let’s talk about the C.H.A.O.S. we do need.

C – hoose optimism and positivity. In the middle of the “bad” chaos, tell stories of people that reflect the optimism we can choose to have in the midst of a trial. Positive people are just more enjoyable to be around. Don’t be a dud, bring solutions, bring ideas and bring a sense of humor to the conversation. Keep your glass overflowing, not half full!

H – elp others see reality. The donor community should see you’re taking a critical thinking approach to move beyond the current reality. Show intellectual honesty, not a dreamy “bull market” attitude based on fluff. Be as clear and concise as possible to illustrate your organization’s current position, targeted next steps and the future you expect to live in.

A – ssist other causes to solve the problems together. Make collaboration, however it must look, a goal. The problem is greater than any solution one entity can manage. Tap into the shared capital — human, technology, etc. — that every cause has in its bank. Focused intensity on improving life beyond your “organizational walls” is what the philanthropic community and world is looking for from us. Let’s not fail them.

O – wn it! Crisis gives us all one thing: a common enemy. Own what we can control, and bring that to the table so we can collectively rally against our common enemy. Other nonprofits are not our competition. Donors are not the competition. Whoever comes up with the “best” solution is not our competition. Now is our chance to OWN OUR SHARED FUTURE! And lean in to best attack our shared enemy.

S – olving problems is ALL OF OUR JOBS. Yes, every problem we each face is not our fault. But they are ours to solve. Everyone take on your new job title of CPS — Chief Problem Solver. This means no room for egos or attitudes. In crisis lives an abundance of opportunity to add value to the lives of teammates, donors, vendors, grantors, etc. 


Meet The Author


Josh Plumley

Senior Director Development

Children At Heart Ministries


Thomas J. Moore says...
Posted Friday, April 3, 2020
Great job, Josh! We need this type of approach during these uncertain and strange times!

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