How to run a charity : lesson 10

The final entry is in summary to set yourself a future exit point.

  • If you are successful by applying your skill, then you may wish to move on to greater challenges which have a deeper impact.
  • If you are happy in the position, you may wish to ensure that is still the case in a years time.
  • If it is not "your thing" and you know that upfront, set a deadline to go back to what is.
  • Its your free time and you want to do something else stupid with your free time such as this

In my mind at least I am on loan to the C.A.B., so I have communicated to various stakeholders that I intend to go back to the previous charity (digging ponds, cutting grass, etc) I volunteered with which is a consumer of C.A.B. services when certain objectives have been meet and Aberystwyth C.A.B. has its future assured. I still have some stuff to get done so if you are staff or a volunteer, you are not getting rid of me quite yet.

If you find yourself in the same position as I did a few months ago, go for it. It is very worthwhile and the fact that you may not be a manager/leader before or all your experience is in I.T. does not precluded you from making a positive difference. I have been hugely lucky in the people I have had around and my rather minor contribution has been to do some listening, hold people together and do a little forward thinking. You also get some insights into yourself, for example, I had it confirmed in spades that I am not a committee animal and also should well stay out of politics.

When you find out what your lesson 11 is, do let me know.

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