“Physically distanced but socially connected.” – Pandemic Mantra
At Nonprofit Solutions, we help you Learn, Connect, Grow. The “connect” part has been especially challenging this year…and especially important. As the phrase “social distancing” became essential to saving lives, it soon became clear humans cannot socially distance. We needed to physically distance but socially connect.
So like the rest of the world, NPSolutions turned to technology to keep you connected. That has worked better on some days than others as we navigate the pitfalls, pratfalls, tips, and tricks of virtual learning. Our takeaway has been how vital Connection is to what we do.
We are often asked when we will offer fully online (asynchronous) workshops. These are certainly convenient, and we may do so eventually with some topics. However, leadership is about connecting, so we want our virtual programs to remain live events where you can connect with peers.
Our workshop leaders are “facilitators” (not instructors) to facilitate connections between people and concepts. We use breakout rooms frequently so you can share your wisdom and learn from others. We begin every Mindful Manager session by asking you to set an Intention for the workshop.
Intentions are different than workshop objectives. They are often personal and drive the purpose of your presence there. Priya Parker in The Art of Gathering, reminds us that every gathering (meeting, party, etc.) should start with the question “What is the purpose?” When we skip that part, we get caught up in details and risk connection.
We are now entering the reopening phase, and connection will certainly look different than it has or even did before. As you plan your gatherings, virtual or in-person, professional or personal, don’t forget to make the purpose primary. For example, what is the purpose of the weekly staff meeting? Then what form and structures will support that purpose. What is your intention when you show up? How can that help you connect more meaningful moving forward?
Before your next meeting, close your eyes and take two slow, deep breaths. Ask yourself, “What is my intention for this gathering?” Stay away from basic objectives or outcomes. Some of the best intentions begin with “I want to be…” What do you want to be, or bring, or leave with? Write it down and let it guide your purposeful presence with your team. Notice how it can change your interactions and the outcome of the meeting. Encourage others to do the same and watch your connections grow.
Eager to Connect? Join our Mindful Manager workshop series FREE for Sweet Deal members. We have four workshops scheduled for April and are working on the remaining 10 for May and June. Check out the current schedule or inquire about membership to maximize connection.