This past weekend was spent working on a variety of projects around my apartment. I am currently pursuing my Ph.D. at the University of San Diego; therefore, I am in the process of getting ready for classes to start, while also getting things completed for clients and making sure there is food in the fridge for the week.
While working away in my office this weekend, I discovered a new method of doing something that was going to help me move a campaign I had scheduled through March of next year to be completed at the end of October (Hooray!). I was very excited at my discovery, and then my wireless mouse decided to suck the last bit of juice out of its batteries before dying.
I looked high and low in my apartment for AAA batteries, but I had every other variety except AAA – Murphy’s Law, right? It was 11:30 PM (I do most of my great work late into the evening), and so my solution was to simply order batteries on Amazon to have them delivered next week. I love using my wireless mouse and the thought of being without it or the whole weekend was very upsetting since I am able to move around my multiple monitors with a mouse faster than using my pad on my laptop. Oh well, we all have struggles, right?
This weekend I decided to go to the 7 Eleven that is right by my house to get a big gulp to help fuel some of my weekend work, and the thought to see if they had batteries available for purchase crossed my mind. I was lucky enough to snag the last pack, and once again my mouse was operational.
I share this little anecdote to illustrate that sometimes the simplest way of doing something is not the most effective. Over the years in the nonprofit sector I have seen organizations select the option that is either the quickest, easiest, or cheapest. While I understand the need for quickness, isn’t efficiency better? And while something might be easy or cheap, wouldn’t we want to ensure effectiveness and sustainability?
So I have two things to share - In order to ensure that we are helping those that we are serving, rather than hurting them, we must approach out work with an eye towards effectiveness, not simplicity. Also, if you are seeking some AAA batteries I now have an abundance in my office.
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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