I was thinking about a community organization here in New Mexico and that got me thinking about Stephen Covey’s training method called Each Teach. If you have ever been to a Covey class, you have likely done Each Teach.
The concept is simple – one of the best ways to develop is to teach. You don’t need to be perfect, polished, or an expert, just willing to share while you learn.
If you want to continually hone your management and leadership skills, offer to teach/mentor. You can do this by facilitating classes where you work (the training department will love you if you volunteer to do this) or by volunteering for a community organization whose work you admire.
Nonprofit organizations are full of people with lots of heart and passion for the cause/work. But many don’t have a lot of management or leadership experience. You can help your favorite organization prosper while sharpening your skills.
And you will sharpen your skills. It is not easy to manage and lead a volunteer organization, effort, or project. You will definitely test your skills of collaboration, creating agreement, and tolerance for diversity. In addition, you learn how to move mountains for pennies – a great skill to have in the corporate world, too. I am not saying that you ought to embrace slashing your budget just for the challenge, but these skills will come in handy when you want to do something and the budget is tight or inadequate.
Find a way to Each Teach. If you are a trainer by profession, use the Each Teach method to deepen learning.
And let me know if I can help. If you work with a nonprofit or other community organization and would like a few copies of one of my books to support the development of the leadership or project team, send me a note with your idea and request and I will be glad to send you a few comp copies. Many organizations will soon be putting together their 2007 plans and this is a perfect time to build relationships and skills.