Notice I did not ask for passion. Nor agility. I didn’t even ask for the creativity (or the hours).
I asked for energy. At times, I’ve felt that organizations in the community may get a bit “slow.”
Slow is in fact the only way to state it. It’s not complacency. See, nonprofits often have to wait - whether it be for government, funding, contracts, or otherwise.
Why does this “slow,” begin to creep into regular, everyday tasks? Why into the basics like communication, or follow-up? And it’s not just in the dealings externally. This begins to infect even within our own organizations!
Startups don’t get this option - they move quickly, take the meetings, send the thank-you’s. Their teams are small, nimble, and focused. Startups have energy - because without it, they never get off the ground.
Conferences and music festivals harbor great amounts of energy. If the same old acts perform, if nothing within an event changes, would they stay successful from year-to-year?
SXSW, Coachella, TED talks - all these sell out and have huge followings. But they still are as exciting as the first time we heard of them. Google and Zappos work diligently to keep the youthful, energetic presence that make them such a wonderful workplace - knowing that if they let up for even a minute, they may lose that energy.
This year, it became apparent that the mundane can wither our energy, our life-force - the stuff that makes people really love us. So we haven’t given in - we are constantly looking for better communication methods, whether it be 15five or more meaningful staff meetings through holding less of them (while expecting more of attendees). We host fun and exciting events with little agenda. We’ve been reengineering processes to remain efficient and stay energetic.
All this to say, it takes tremendous energy to keep energy. Never remain satisfied - always seek more for yourself, your team, and your company. No youth, client, or partner deserve anything less.
*(picture of the "Green Flash," taken at Jakes Del Mar - amazing energy amongst those watching)