Sometimes It’s About the Journey

A walk with a four-year-old takes time. It isn’t about where you’re going, it’s about what you experience along the way: construction workers rebuilding a street, mushrooms growing in a city park, a chance encounter with a wet spaniel. The learning and growing comes from the journey.

Occasionally, we forget this at work. We focus on metrics, benchmarks and outcomes, quantifying our impact. It’s easy to overlook the process: listening, studying the work of others, collaboration, kindness and teamwork. Instead, we get caught up in the destination: the next promotion, making more money. We lose the opportunity for learning along the way.

Share with us how you or how your organization prioritizes the product with the process. How do you achieve balance?

Welcome to the Onward! Blog

Welcome to Onward!, a blog promoting excellence in the nonprofit sector. We’ll share stories about nonprofit success and tools to help nonprofits move onward and upward. And sometimes we’ll just share our personal reflections.

Onward! is a project of Onward Consulting, a network of veteran nonprofit leaders: CEOs, executive directors and senior managers with experience as transformative leaders and hands-on, nonprofit managers.

Our passion is nonprofit excellence. Our mission is to advance the efforts and capability of nonprofits so they can achieve their mission faster and with greater social return.

Each of us at Onward has achieved success creating and growing nonprofit organizations, and each of us wanted to do more and learn more. We hope this blog is part of that learning across the nonprofit arena. So please share your own ideas and resources for nonprofit excellence. Together, we truly can change the world!