Nonprofit Management: Everyone needs a coach, including you

When I started my own business, I knew two things for sure.

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  1. I was tired of writing proposals and plans.

  2. I didn’t want to go it alone.

How could package and sell what I knew in a way that was energy rich for me (so no proposals or plans!) and of value to my clients. The models around me were all hourly-based, and I knew if I was trading time for money, there would never be enough time. I knew I needed someone to guide me in the development of this company, but I didn’t know who.

Also, I studied the most successful people I knew. I noticed that they valued investing in their own personal growth, and even the most successful of them used coaches. I had never done much personal development work outside of therapy, so this was new to me. I knew it would be an investment, but I wanted to be successful.

So I got a coach. Not just any coach, but The Superstar Activator herself Michelle Villalobos. This is a picture of us last week at the National Speakers Association final party, or what I call speaker prom! As you can see, our relationship has flourished. We work hard and also have tons of fun.

Also pictured is my other favorite coach, Craig Berube of the STANLEY CUP CHAMPION ST. LOUIS BLUES (that never gets old, does it?)

Even professional athletes need coaches, even if they are at the top of their games. Our Blues weren’t doing well until Berube came in and gave them a new vision for themselves. And well, the rest is Cinderella story history.

I took a chance on Michelle because she had a vision for me that was so bigger than the one I came to her with. She saw something in me I wasn’t even ready to see. The last year (almost) has been one of unprecedented growth for me and a rocket-ship-to-the-moon start for my company. I can tell you for sure I would have quit or burnt out by now if it wasn’t for her guidance.

So what does this mean for you, my superstar? It means I have tasted my own cooking. I love having a coach and I absolutely love coaching clients. And I am doing exactly what I set out to do: give my clients value in a way that was energizing to me.

I don’t do work FOR YOU. I don’t work hourly and I don’t do implementation. I will do it WITH YOU or TEACH YOU how to do it. I don’t need to keep my secrets. I will teach you everything I know. And you will be the better for it because you will learn my systems.

I will guide, coach, teach and co-create with you so you can increase your capacity and the capacity of your organization. That is what great coaches do: guide you to a better outcomes.

The nonprofit world is often a lonely one. You get busy, you feel a bit left adrift at times, you feel pressured to keep up with all the new marketing tools out there when you can barely keep up with what you have. You don’t always have creative partners or someone else on staff to guide your decision making.

And it is also about your willingness to be coached: to value an outside opinion, to have your blind spots challenged, to see a vision for yourself greater than you could achieve alone.

I am looking for organizations who are ready to get out of their own way, for professionals who want to grow, for boards who are committed to taking their leadership to the next level.

I can’t imagine not having a coach to help me through. And I want that for you. If not me, find someone you connect with. Be willing to be challenged, to learn new ways of thinking, and to be accountable.

This isn’t about being perfect…far from it. It is about asking for what you want (remember that post?) and then having someone help you get there.

If you want a coach who can guide your nonprofit to the next level, it starts with a conversation. Schedule an attraction audit with me and I will understand where you are and where you need to go. If I can’t take you there, I will recommend someone who can. What are you waiting for? Let’s grow together.

Maryanne Dersch