Friday, June 26, 2009

Write Your Organizational Epitaph

This is "A Soldier's Grave" by mtstradling.

The tragic deaths of Farah Fawcett and Michael Jackson's this week have me (and people all over the world) thinking about life, death and what people leave behind.

Legacies are a complicated thing. Like brands, you can't control what you are remembered for -that photograph, quote or experience that gets stuck in another person's head. I think it's safe to say that when we die folks will wax on and on about both our good and bad traits.

All organizations, like people, die too. Witness the slow, agonizing deaths or decline of some of the worlds most venerable intuitions - Chrysler, Morgan Stanley, the San Francisco Chronicle - this summer too!

The point is not whether you give or gave a hoot about these organizations. The point is that they are going or gone and one day all we'll be left with is the conversation about what they didn't or didn't do in the world.

Call me morbid. But you should do this today. Write your organizational epitaph.
  • What did you stand for?
  • Who did you help?
  • How did you make a difference when your nonprofit was alive?
  • What were some of the shining examples of what you did well?
  • What were some of your gravest mistakes?
I hope you see where I'm heading. This IS your value proposition NOW.
  • Is it true or false?
  • Does it inspire?
  • Are you there yet?
There's not much time in this crazy adventure called life to do something great. To build a first-class team. To create a world changing product or service. To make meaning.

Don't squander your time or anyone else's by settling for mediocrity, hypocrisy or bureaucracy.

Warmest regards,


David Kinard, PCM said...


I think you've hit the nail on the head with this one. Stephen Covey suggested much the same idea when he made "Begin with the End in Mind" one of his core 7 Habits. Thanks for reminding us of having the long-view in our leadership and living.

I riffed on your idea here a bit and have posted an entry on my blog about how to exit with grace. I hope you enjoy it.

-- David Kinard, PCM

Fangyaya said...

oakley sunglasses wholesale
ugg uk
ralph lauren polo
nike roshe run
adidas yeezy
polo ralph lauren
ugg uk
ralph lauren
retro jordans 13
coach factory outlet
nike store
michael kors outlet
christian louboutin pas cher
adidas nmd
gucci belts
michael kors uk
louis vuitton purses
true religion jeans
cheap ray ban sunglasses
red bottom shoes
coach outlet
louis vuitton outlet
oakley vault
uggs outlet
ray ban outlet
ugg boots
hollister clothing
coach outlet store
coach outlet store online clearances
supra footwear
retro 11
kobe 8
jordan 11
ugg sale
celine outlet
kobe 11 shoes
michael kors handbags
oakley sunglasses
miami heat jerseys
jordan concords

hoxn Ln said...

Envoy Trading, represents four independent handbagreplica brands in the United States: Dietrich, Franc Vila, Manufacture Royale and Snyper.Although the term “independent Replica handbags ” can refer to a company that is either financially independent or does not rely on outside manufacturers to Replica watches UK create the mechanisms in its models, the strictest definition comes by way of Replica Watches the Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants, or A.H.C.I., a Zurich-based coalition of Rolex Daytona .

Đào Quân said...

dịch vụ kế toán tại quận 6
dịch vụ kế toán tại quận 7
dịch vụ kế toán tại quận 8
dịch vụ kế toán tại quận 9
dịch vụ kế toán tại quận 10
dịch vụ kế toán tại quận 11
dịch vụ kế toán tại quận 12
dịch vụ kế toán tại hoài đức
dịch vụ kế toán tại sơn tây
dịch vụ kế toán tại thường tín
dịch vụ kế toán tại ứng hòa
dịch vụ kế toán tại phú xuyên
dịch vụ kế toán tại mỹ đức
dịch vụ kế toán tại thanh oai
dịch vụ kế toán tại đan phượng
dịch vụ kế toán tại quốc oai
dịch vụ kế toán tại phú thọ
dịch vụ kế toán tại sóc sơn
dịch vụ kế toán tại nhà bè
dịch vụ kế toán tại cần giờ
dịch vụ kế toán tại hóc môn
dịch vụ kế toán tại củ chi
dịch vụ kế toán tại bình chánh
dịch vụ kế toán tại bình dương
dịch vụ kế toán tại biên hòa
dịch vụ kế toán tại huế
dịch vụ kế toán tại đà nẵng
Phân tích BCTC những hạn chế và thách thức đối với kế toán trưởng

Tips Untuk Penderita Parkinson said...

Very Good Article ;)

Suplemen Untuk Infeksi Pencernaan
Cara Sembuhkan Sakit Ginjal Pria
Obat Kulit Herpes
Tips Pengobatan Demam Tifoid
Pengobatan Untuk Sinusitis Kronis
Menurunkan Kolesterol Jahat Secara Alami

ninest123 said...

michael kors outlet clearance
michael kors outlet
cheap jordans
birkenstock outlet
valentino shoes outlet
ugg outlet
cheap nba jerseys
cheap mlb jerseys
canada goose outlet
fitflops sale clearance

Cara menyembuhkan pembengkakan hati said...

thank you very useful information admin, and pardon me permission to share articles here may help :

Cara menyembuhkan lambung perih
Obat pelindung mata
Obat radang lambung
Obat gastroparesis
Obat lambung perih
Obat pembengkakan hati
Obat flu tulang