How you ask for what you need

For-profit businesses sell goods and services. That's how they get their income. But nonprofits...

Depend on asking.

But what is it like for nonprofit leader to have to ask for so much?

Most find it hard.

Many hate it.

So asking becomes a territory burdened with shoulds and self-recriminations.

What if you as a nonprofit leader could find your own asking voice? What if you could find a new way to relate to asking that really works for you? What if asking became a matter of fact instead of a matter of distress? What if you achieved mastery? And then could play with asking, making your asks more creative and engaging and personal? What would that give you?

I've designed the pages in my asking constellation to address those questions...

A contrary way to ask for money - Part I & Part II

PLN: Asking people to support you personally

Discovery interviews: a deeper kind of networking

But asking is such a big subject and so central to nonprofit leadership, and has been such a struggle for me personally, that the majority of the pages on this site relate in some way to the issue of asking.

The staff pages focus on asking your team to commit to mission discipline, to play at the top of their game, and to support you in your leadership.

The Board pages focus on asking your Board to give you and your organization what you need from them. For real. No kidding. And to take a stand for that. And to move out anyone who isn't helping, so you can have a stellar Board.

The pages about Leadership OS also have to do with asking. Sacrificial leaders do sacrificial asks which are the least effective and least satisfying kinds of asks.

By contrast a key to sustainable or soaring leadership is learning how to do asks that deepen your relationship with your askee as you go and leave you both with a sense of genuine pleasure at the end.

© Rich Snowdon 2008