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Through the Eyes of a Babe

Posted by Stephen Lemire on December 28, 2011 at 11:05 AM

My grand-nephew Beckett made his first trip to Massachusetts last week for the extended family Christmas Eve gathering. After spending a couple hours watching him I realized that this tot was reinforcing some important lessons on nonprofit management.

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He got the most out of his resources. When he received a gift he was sure to first gum the wrapping paper and play with the cardboard box before reaching for the present’s contents.

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He was open to new ideas. He was reserved but not timid about the evening and did not let the scope of the event overwhelm him. Beckett approached the gathering as a series of separate, manageable tasks.

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He entered into a partnership only when comfortable. Beckett was sure to check someone out thoroughly before leaving the comfort of Mom or Dad before allowing anyone else to hold him.

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He returned to what worked, when needed. If things seemed to get a bit out of control he sought shelter in what he knew was reliable (Mom and Dad) before setting out on new ventures again.

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He greeted everyone with enthusiasm. To say he stole the show is an understatement. But, he treated everyone as an individual with bright eyes and an engaging smile (and a little drool, too).

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He graciously accepted gifts. The best example was when he was given a giant stuffed Pooh Bear. His rapt attention before grabbing for Winnie showed how grateful he was.

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He knew when to ask for help. If something did not seem right he was able to communicate to those in power with a mild whimper as his call for attention.

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He did not wear out his welcome. With a little help from his parents, he left the party before bedtime when he may have gotten cranky. He didn’t want to undo any of his goodwill.

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He left everyone wanting more. He went out on a high note. Beckett was the hit of the evening and everyone couldn’t wait to interact with him again.

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Yes, this Christmas theme with Beckett as the executive director; his parents as the board; his relatives as constituents; and the party as a key event like an annual conference illustrates the innocence with which the babe approached our work. He hasn’t had time to develop any baggage.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Executive Directors, Associations

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