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hercules w lionWe’ve all heard inspiring stories about the self-made person — those mythical heroes who pull themselves up by their bootstraps and find success on their own terms, without help from anyone else.

Nonsense!

Each and every one of us has benefitted from the help and support of dozens of people to achieve our goals. As consultants, we’re in a unique position to give back, which means we’re the ones being approached for advice and “pick-your-brain” coffee dates.

Most of the time, it’s easy to meet these requests with a spirit of generosity and mutual learning – after all, for many of us, that’s why we got into consulting in the first place.

But where and how do you draw the line when you’re spread thin and spending more time helping others than helping yourself and your consulting practice?

Working with the nonprofit world often requires a balance between idealism and practicality. Each of us as consultants has to strike that balance for ourselves. This month on the NPCons chat, we’ll discuss the finding and nurturing generosity – in our colleagues, our industry and ourselves.

  • How do you handle “pick-your-brain” requests? Are you happy to meet with anyone and everyone? Or do you place some limits on how much of your time and expertise you’re willing to share?
  • What responsibility do you feel to help out your colleagues or “pay forward” the help you’ve received? Is there a difference between a new professional reaching out for general help, and a seasoned pro wanting specific (free) advice?
  • How can we meet these requests – especially when they become numerous – with a spirit of openness and generosity while staying true to our own needs, both professional and personal? What does the balance between giving to others and taking care of ourselves look like?
  • How do we create conditions where everyone can find their own generosity and nurture latent giving tendencies in those for whom generosity isn’t the first instinct?
  • What does being generous with our time and expertise make possible for our consulting practice? For our communities?

Join us to share your insights and experience during this month’s NPCons Twitter chat on Tuesday, July 15th, at 1pm PT. See you there!

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