[News] Who Are You Influencing?

If you’re trying to make a difference in the world, it’s likely you’ll need to influence others to make that happen.

Sometimes though, in the nonprofit world, we try to limit our role in that process. We look to organizational leaders, board members and anyone else we can think of to push into that role. But we all have a role to play.

A few weeks ago I participated in a SimSoc exercise. In this simulated society we were given scenarios and then had to work through them as a society. My goal was to try and make a positive difference and to do that I had to attempt to influence those around me. Frankly, I wasn’t sure going into it whether or not I’d be able to make a difference. In fact, my first time through a similar exercise 10 years ago left me feeling a bit powerless.

I can’t say everything I did was best for our simulated society, but I did finish satisfied that I could – and did – influence others to think through the scenarios from a broader perspective.

Regardless of where you are within your organization’s hierarchy, I encourage you to embrace your role as an influencer. I know you can make a positive difference for the people you serve.

Thank you for everything you do to make the world a better place!


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