Thanks for joining me for this third tip in my video series – aimed towards helping you grow Great Fundraising results through increased understanding and better communication.

In the first video, we talked about the importance of understanding that each of us brings a different perspective to our work. In the second video we covered systems theory – the idea that we all operate as part of a system.

While in high school I stage managed a few shows. With the magnitude of those shows, I quickly realized that, no matter how skilled or talented I was, it would be impossible for me to run everything on my own. The second thing I realized was that every single person working with me (with the exception of the teacher) was a volunteer. They could quit.

Team work was essential. There was certainly stress in trying to get all the pieces together for opening night – the costumes, makeup, blocking, not to mention acting. Hopefully my memory serves me correctly in thinking that we were able to manage all that in a way that built an environment of conscientiousness and an interest in supporting each other.

You might be wondering what this has to do with Great Fundraising – let’s go back to the report from Clayton Burnett. One of the indicators they identified as enabling fundraising to thrive was Outstanding Teams – including staff being conscientious and having a willingness to support each other.

Once we recognize the importance of operating as a team, it becomes easier to be supportive – and try to look at areas we agree on to help build that team environment.

I hope you can join me on May 9th for a free webinar that will dive more into the report from Clayton Burnett, as well as provide a structure for understanding communication styles. Please visit for more information and to register (at no charge) for the webinar.