Thursday, July 19, 2012
The NLCFA Team : Creating the Curve
Being the Executive Director of the National Crowdfunding Association is a great privilege. It is a very rewarding and enjoyable experience, though also highly time consuming, stressful at times and certainly challenging. But I love it. It is the PEOPLE who make it so amazing. I just got off the phone with yet another new member of the NLCFA who is looking to get involved on a committee or initiative and help shape this industry. That kind of conversation happens at least twice a day.
For so many of us it isn't about being ahead of the curve, it is about creating the curve. In order to do that, we need a great team of people with hopefully different skill sets and knowledge, and all willing to do the work. And we do. Thus we are greatly benefited by our deep bench of eager volunteers.
I came across the below blog entry today, The 6 People You Need in Your Corner, by Jessica Hagy, on FORBES. (Original posted here.) I couldn't agree more. It helps tremendously when we realize what kind of volunteer we are, but also to recognize the unique strengths offered by people with characteristics other than our own.
Where do you fit in these six? I don't think any of us are only one of them, all of them, or none of them. We are mixes, mutts of several of them. But the key is to know who you are, what the organization can look to you to bring to the 'curve making' party. (I know I am an Instigator, mixed with a Cheerleader, Connector and Example.) What are you? We need and welcome all types. I hope you have people with mixes of these six characteristics on your company/firm team too. If you don't, seek them out. Some of us are more of a pain than others, but all are vitally important.