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How to Survive Founder's Syndrome

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Get Rachel Muir’s 12 step program to survive Founder’s Syndrome with individual formulas and special care instructions for founders, board members, and the new incoming Executive Director.

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How to Survive Founder's Syndrome

  1. 1. PRESENTATION TITLE GOES HERE Date 01, 2016 | Location HOW TO SURVIVE FOUNDER’S SYNDROME www.rachelmuir.com
  2. 2. • Founder: Girlstart • Featured on: Oprah, • CNN, theToday Show • What Rachel does: custom training, board retreats, online classes Weaknesses: chips, queso Rachel Muir, CFRE @rachelmuir rachel@rachelmuir.com www.rachelmuir.com
  3. 3. What Rachel does: Custom training Keynotes Webinars Workshops Speaking All on fundraising… Learn more at www.rachelmuir.com Board retreats
  4. 4. Free guides -> rachelmuir.com/guides Join list to be invited to free webinars
  5. 5. DonorRelationsGuru.com/SurveyCourse Can donor surveys REALLY boost revenue? Yes! We’re showing you how! 3 lessons + survey clinic + 1:1 coaching! + Rachel Muir, CFRE Lynne Wester, The Donor Relations Guru
  6. 6. Join me tomorrow! 11 am CST Makeovermyfundraising.com/webinar
  7. 7. 2 What is Founder’s Syndrome? Who is involved in it? How do I fix it? Q&A 12 step program for founders, board members & staff How to Survive Founder’s Syndrome
  8. 8. I was once in your shoes….
  9. 9. Today we’re letting it all hang out!
  10. 10. What it feels like to you
  11. 11. What it looks like to everyone else
  12. 12. WHAT IS NONPROFIT FOUNDER’S SYNDROME?
  13. 13. @rachelmuir rachel@rachelmuir.com Founder’s Syndrome n.Treatable affliction. Often found among visionary entrepreneurs and new orgs. If found in established org it is associated with a quest for change.
  14. 14. Why so scary? Green. Long nails. Holds people hostage.
  15. 15. It Can Get Toxic @rachelmuir Dysfunctional workplace Unethical behavior Belligerence Bullying Secret meetings
  16. 16. 16 Energetic. Charismatic. Fearless leader fueled by ambition, determination and conviction to fill a need and change the world.
  17. 17. They do the hardest job of all…
  18. 18. To their detractors… • Bold • Stubborn • Opinionated • Their way or the highway To their fans... • Charming • Magnetic • Visionary • Inspiring Who are they?
  19. 19. Who is involved in founder’s syndrome? The new incoming ED The board of directors The founder
  20. 20. What makes power couples powerful? .
  21. 21. Therapy session #1: Understanding the founder
  22. 22. What if…✓ May worry organization will fall apart without them @rachelmuir ✓ Founder’s identity = organizational identity ✓ May not have Plan B Inside the mind of the founder
  23. 23. Inside the mind of board members
  24. 24. Afraid founder’s relationships with donors will be lost Doesn’t want extra burden of an ED search Fear losing founder’s knowledge @rachelmuir Hates change Conflicted by personal relationship with founder
  25. 25. Inside mind of new incoming ED
  26. 26. Inside mind of new incoming ED✓ Will I ever get to do my job? ✓ Why did I take this job in the first place?
  27. 27. Don’t treat me this way…
  28. 28. HOW TO SURVIVE & THRIVE
  29. 29. If you are the founder…
  30. 30. ✓ Seeing the organization thrive after you step away is your single biggest achievement. ✓ You didn’t start the organization to have a job for the rest of your life. ✓ Your success is dependent on seeing yourself as outside (and separate) from the organization.
  31. 31. Will stepping away be easy? There will be mistakes. They won’t all be yours. Consider outside help. @rachelmuir Download today’s guide: rachelmuir.com/guides
  32. 32. How can a founder prepare? Build your bench strength Craft a succession plan Plan your communications DO NOT JOIN THE BOARD
  33. 33. How can the board prepare? • Frame as positive • Show diplomacy/tact • Honor founder • Find executive transition expertise
  34. 34. If you are the new incoming ED
  35. 35. Pick your battles
  36. 36. If you are the new incoming ED ✓ Establish credibility (2-3 quick wins) ✓ Immediately make your self available to inner circle donors
  37. 37. If you are the new incoming ED Treat the founder like a very important donor.
  38. 38. If you are the new incoming ED ✓ Recruit new board members NOT part of the founder’s circle
  39. 39. KNOW WHEN TO WALK AWAY
  40. 40. Don’t • Procrastinate addressing the issue • Take things personally • Get entrenched in your opinions and fail to leave room for alternative viewpoints • Wear emotions on your sleeve • Make assumptions about other person • Try to address issue in a drive by conversation or in email 40 Do • Watch your tone in email • Set aside time; make an appointment to talk face to face • Be prepared to listen, change your mind & show gratitude • Ask questions and restate what you hear • Acknowledge that strong feelings (theirs, yours etc) mean we care • Invite other person to be a partner in figuring out resolution Tips for difficult conversations
  41. 41. Questions?
  42. 42. ▪ Which donors should I focus on? ▪ How much can I actually raise? ▪ I can’t get a donor visit ▪ Hamster wheel of grants/events ▪ Board members aren’t fundraising Is this you?
  43. 43. ▪ Want a fundraising coach ▪ Are tired of doing the same thing hoping for different results ▪ Are ready to move from fear and overwhelm to realistic achievable goals ▪ Want ease, speed and help with your fundraising and rich, rewarding relationships with donors This is for you if you… Class starts September 10th MakeoverMyFundraising.com
  44. 44. ▪ Want a map to your best prospects? ▪ Donors ready to say YES to a visit with you? ▪ Ready to confidently ask for 4, 5, 6, even 7 figure gifts? ▪ Want a plan & realistic goals? ▪ Ready to engage board members in fundraising? www.MakeoverMyFundraising.com Class starts September 10th
  45. 45. ▪ 25 hours of course credit! Planning to get your CFRE? www.makeovermyfundraising.com
  46. 46. How is this different? ✓ Loaded with easy to execute strategies, real world examples and take me to finish line workbook ✓ Weekly coaching from yours truly (not Nick the intern) ✓ Gives you wealth screen of 500 donors ✓ No quibble money back guarantee ✓ #1 tool to stand out in your donor’s inbox Class starts September 10th MakeoverMyFundraising.com
  47. 47. Join me tomorrow! 11 am CST Makeovermyfundraising.com/webinar
  48. 48. Thank you! rachel@rachelmuir.com www.rachelmuir.com Follow me @rachelmuir Join me for class Sept 10 www.makeovermyfundraising.com Want to chat more? Calendly.com/rachelmuir Facebook.com/RachelMuirFundraising
  49. 49. www.rachelmuir. com/discovery

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