I’ve been thinking a lot about the value of taking risks lately– yet how so few leaders have the guts to take them.
We avoid failure so much that we often don’t make the changes we just need to make. As a result, our missions suffer. Those who we seek to serve the most are deprived of resources because of our fear.
I wrote about this over at the Huffington Post recently, seeking to think through why this is for non-profits in particular.
In the world of nonprofits, we all have big dreams.
We want to cure ALS, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
We want to save endangered animals, the rain forest and our national parks.
We want to put an end to homelessness, waterborne diseases and refugee camps.
And in the case of Feed the Children, we want no child to go to bed hungry.
Big lofty ideals. Big world problems. Big solutions needed. Yet, the way so many nonprofits organize their day-to-day operations has limited alignment to the vast missions behind their names. We avoid the risks of innovation because