You have to keep close to keep warm. The further away you move, the less connected you feel to the warmth. A member of one of our Task Forces recently used this analogy to explain how critical it was for us to stay close to our Vantage Point people. And keep them close to our Camp Fire - our mission. Wherever they are.
Do you stay close to your people in your organization? Do you communicate regularly with the members of your Board? Your internal people teams? Your external people teams? Your investors? Your community? Do they stay close to your mission because they know you?
About five years ago someone asked me how I did the rest of my job if I spent all my time with people. I was a little startled by the question. I had not yet discovered many Executive Directors do not see leading people as part of their role. Personally, I see it as my job.
So I throw out that challenge to you as Executive Directors. As CEO’s. As Program Leaders. Are you spending your time leading people? Are you keeping them close to your Camp Fire, your mission? Do you think that is your job?