Monday, February 2, 2009

Should you work for an org when you arent a fan of the leadership?

During my job search I came across an interesting struggle. What happens when the org you want to work for has leadership that you dont agree with? But you truly support the work of the org, love the other staff and have a deep dedication to the cause...

Well here are the three key learnings that I came up with while trying to tackle this problem...
  1. You make your own choices in your daily life, once working there, you can make moral objections as needed.
  2. If you choose to not work for an org because of the leadership, what difference have you really made? Wouldnt it mean more if you worked there, made a difference in the cause and worked toward change?
  3. Ultimately you work for the cause and for your God, not that person.
I guess what I am saying is that your decision on who you are and what you do.  A boss cant change who you are unless you allow them to.

I am not suggesting that this is the right choice for all situations or people.  There are probably numerous examples where the leadership is more extreme and is so objectionable that there is good reason to not work there.

For me it came down to a choice of accepting that this is the leadership and it may have flaws, but those flaws dont outweigh the benefits of working for an org and cause that I believe in.

I would welcome any comments or pushback on this....

Monday, January 12, 2009

I'm back with Random items

Hello, being anonymous and absent at the same time was fun, but the thoughts within are fighting to be released.  So here are a couple.

First - DONT PLAY WITH SOCIAL NETWORKS at the risk of making your org (or yourself) look silly.

Interim Master? is that a real title? Or was this a user that set this up as a test and then left it alone? And has now forgotten about it?

Second - Lets have some fun and see that it is important to keep social networking and such in perspective, things will come and go with continual change.

But to leave all of this on a more positive and useful note, if you really want to learn more about social networks, social media and more within the nonprofit arena visit from NTEN. It is a great start to what is and will continue to be a wealth of information and a good community.