Hard. Difficult. Challenging. Exhausting. Overwhelming.
Nope. I am not talking about the pandemic.
These are the adjectives I am hearing over and over from nonprofit leaders describing what it is like to manage their teams right now.
Managing people through the pandemic, the call for an end to systemic racism, and a contentious presidential election is by far the biggest stress for nonprofit executives. By far.
Yes, even bigger than financial stress for most.
Daily, I am in conversations with managers who have a team member (or two or 10) who are simply checked out—unable to really do the work that needs to get done.
I am an optimist by my nature, but deep down I know Hard. Difficult. Challenging. Exhausting. Overwhelming. are the management adjectives of our time and they are here to stay.
So, let me cycle back to number 1: Be patient with your team and with yourself. Remember that steps 1-4 apply to you, too. If you don’t have your own support network, your safe place where you can vent, you need one. For some, you have found that in monthly video conversations with the Armstrong McGuire team. If you would like to join a future conversation, let me know.