Yesterday I had my first meeting with two whip-smart and dedicated young founders of an emerging non-profit, a pro bono consultation organized by a very savvy philanthropic advisor from the Seattle Foundation. I’m somewhat bemused that my age is probably just about the collective total of their three ages. That said, the ninety minute session went great — from my perspective, and according to their feedback. I didn’t feel for a moment out of touch, or as if what I had to say no longer applies to today’s workplace or to growing a young non-profit.
There are certain areas where I wouldn’t have much of value to say: media strategy, for example, or technology support. But I know a lot about leadership, and growth, and fund-raising, and a good bit about branding and marketing.
I look forward to continuing with this — we have four more 90 minute sessions to go. And I’m going to visit one of the schools where mentoring is happening, to get an on-the-ground feel for the project.
I had a busy day after the meeting, and got home right around 9pm. I had a bit of the old sense, the sense while I was working, that the more you have to do, the more efficient you are at doing it. I think it’s good for me to get a bit of that back — I’m still good at juggling, and I’m fine at working those muscles back to something resembling peak form.