I try to believe that everything in life has a purpose and that we can learn from all of our previous experiences. My time with the Dekko Foundation definitely gave me a purpose and has shaped the person I am today. I want to quickly share five things that I learned from my time in the Dekko Foundation Youth Pod and phish (Philanthropic Ideas Strategy and Heart) pod programs with the Dekko Foundation:
1. "Begin With The End In Mind" - This comes from a book by Stephen Covey, and Dekko puts this into practice. When we were planning a session for a conference or considering a grant, Dekko wanted us to think about what impact our actions would have in the end. I still use this way of thinking for a lot of decisions that I make to this today.
2. Everyone Has Their Strengths and Weakness - Having a group of people with diverse skills is important on a board or for an organization. You need some people that can understand and work with a spreadsheet, you need others who can talk about that spreadsheet in front of a group, and you need other people who can make that spreadsheet into a cool paper airplane.
3. Have Fun! - Some nonprofits turn board meetings into bored meetings. Dekko always made an effort to make sure that our meetings were fun. We would take the time to do energizers and icebreakers to get our creative juices flowing for our meetings.
4. Sometimes You're Just Over It! - Have you ever been working on something to the point where you are about to go crazy? When our group would be working on something at Dekko, and we couldn't figure out a solution, sometimes we would just say "We're so over this!" and we would drop it to come back to it later. Once we came back to our problem, we could possibly look at it from a different perspective. We also wouldn't be as frustrated with the problem.
5. Phriends are Phorever - When you are thoughtful about creating a group dynamic that is awesome, awesome things are bound to happen! Dekko was good about putting together a group of great young minds, and out of that came great friendships. In phish, we liked to put philanthropy in everything we do, because that's what phish is all about. So anything we could change the spelling of to work with a PH got changed. It was a competition sometimes! Examples include Phantastic, Phriends, Phorever, Phunny, and others!
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Colton C. Strawser
Colton Strawser is the President of Colton Strawser Consulting. He is a frequent blog contributor for national nonprofit and philanthropy organizations. You can find him on Twitter at @Colton_Strawser.
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