Hey you, yeah you, you nonprofit ninja,
Change jobs lately? Thinking about applying for that higher level position? Wondering if in fact the grass is greener at that other dot org? This foggy August has us thinking a lot about shifts in org charts and ordering new business cards. No matter how many quotes you save to your “Wise Words” board on Pinterest about how change is inevitable, the only constant, the catalyst for growth, be the change…to be frank, it still sometimes just plain sucks. As the doers of community good, trying to move mountains for system-shifts and social-justice, we’re working endlessly to make big change happen every single day. But when do we listen to our gut and accept the fact that it just might be time to say, “it’s not you, it’s me…”and move on from our current position. We can read report after report about how millennials are the least likely generation to stay put in one job, but the truth is that us big-hearted nonprofit folk have a hard time saying goodbye to our work, the very work we have cried over a missed grant deadline or a crappy constant contact open rate on more than one occasion. Why does change seem so daunting when it comes to the title on your business card!?
Wow this all sounds kinda depressing.
Maybe it’s all this fog.
What you may not know is what awaits you on the other side of this big scary life-altering decision. What is over the horizon of fear and doubt and trying to decipher new benefit packages is how much you will learn about yourself, how deep you can dig, what you need in an organizational culture to thrive, the leadership style you work best in, and whether you actually do prefer dropbox over google docs. The best advice we can give ourselves is we never really know how we’re going to land until we jump.