We had our every-other-year board member retreat and really had a great turnout. 20 of our 28 members were with us, along with our trainer Helen Holman, and a few of our staff members. Wendy Krispin did the catering (delish) and we made the board members act like they were a group of volunteers coming in to see the agency for the first time.We gave them the whole ball of wax – made them stand in the lobby until everyone arrived, fill out and sign the volunteer paperwork, tour and listen to what we call the “spiel” from Vanessa, watch the short video – then put them to work counting a school supply and a sock donation. Then we ate dinner and the training began.
I think they really enjoyed it and I think it was fun for them to see our staff members doing their “normal” jobs. And it was certainly fun for me to hear the board members talk about ideas to help us raise more money.Can I hear a Woo Hoo from Joanna Clarke, please?
A grand time had by all.So I got home late last night and turned on the TV – right in the beginning of Chris Christie’s speech at the Republican National Convention.
Governor Christie talked about his late mother and how one of her questions was “Do you want to be loved or do you want to be respected?” Here’s the transcript from the speech:And the greatest lesson that mom ever taught me though was this one. She told me there would be times in your life when you have to choose between being loved and being respected. Now she said to always pick being respected. She told me that love without respect was always fleeting, but that respect could grow into real and lasting love. Now, of course, she was talking about women.
But I have learned over time that it applies just as much to leadership.
When people agree to serve on a non-profit board or to work for a non-profit, people are tempted to try to be “loved” – do and say anything to bring in the money or the volunteers, change the programs to “fit” what donors want, see another charity doing something that’s working and decide that you have to do that too (so you duplicate a program service), etc.Be respected and the love will come. It has for CPD.