By the time you're ready to give them a plaque, the volunteers are burnt out.
By the time employees qualify for a sabbatical, their creative juices have run dry.
By the time enough money is available for a perfect product, the market has moved on to new interests.
We know that eating several small meals a day keeps our body's metabolism running more efficiently, yet we still skip breakfast, grab a bite for lunch on the run, and then gorge ourselves at dinner, only to lapse into a post-meal coma ... I mean, nap.
Our organizational choices are often just as shortsighted, always saving for the big day instead of making incremental contributions to what we know matters most. So let's try …
- thanking volunteers every week
- offering annual sabbaticals to all staff, one day for each year of service
- providing mini-grants quarterly or semi-annually
Immediate value gained.
Rewards compounded over time.
What other micro-investments might be worth pursuing in lieu of saving up for one big day, a day that may never come or be too late? Where can you get in action today to start stimulating forward progress and momentum?