Casting the Vision
We experienced a noticeable boost in morale, and a healthy reduction in staff and volunteer turnover.
Nonprofit Executive Director, Mobilizer/Stabilizer
Cast a More Compelling Vision for Your Nonprofit
The Sweet Spot has added a powerful new dynamic to our vision casting. It’s enabled our staff, volunteers, and donors to personalize and internalize our vision by realizing how they are uniquely designed to contribute.
- For a local nonprofit, that serves at risk youth, morale was down among volunteers, donations were also down, and volunteer turnover was increasing.
- Volunteers were not buying into the vision, and it showed in their volunteerism.
- A large segment of the volunteer base began to lose the sense of ownership it once had in the organization’s mission and vision.
How the Sweet Spot Helped
- The Executive Director used the Sweet Spot to align each volunteer to jobs that uniquely suited them.
- With a better understanding of each volunteer, she was able to clearly explain their value to the organization and the vital role they played.
- As staff and volunteers began to see themselves in the vision, morale was regained and turnover among volunteers decreased.
Tiffany is the executive director of a nonprofit that provides after school and summer programming for at-risk youth. She began to notice a difference between her volunteers who donated, and those who didn’t. Volunteers who were donors had a sense of ownership. They possessed a sense of responsibility for the well being of the organization.
Too many volunteers and employees didn't recognize their value to the organization.
Tiffany also became aware that many volunteers - and even some staff - viewed themselves as replaceable, as if their contribution was not significant. This led to a decrease in their zeal to serve and their engagement with the vision; resulting in a higher turnover rate among both volunteers and staff.
Tiffany determined that she needed to get the employees and volunteers to buy into the vision more. To personalize it, and internalize it the same way faithful donors did. She also wanted to boost overall morale and increase the passion folks had for their mission.
Additionally, she wanted all employees, volunteers, and donors to see themselves as valuable to the organization and to stay passionate about the nonprofit’s purpose.
Tiffany was introduced to the Sweet Spot by a volunteer from another organization that had used it to get the entire staff more engaged with the vision. To start, Tiffany took the Sweet Spot Survey herself. As the executive director of a nonprofit, she wasn’t surprised to see she was a healthy mix of Mobilizer and Stabilizer. She’d taken a few psychological assessments before, but she was intrigued by the simplicity of the Sweet Spot’s circular model.
She began to use it as a bridge between the organization's vision and a person’s unique abilities, talents, and personality. She had all her employees and volunteers take the survey to determine what their Sweet Spot profile was, and then used the results to do two things.
- 1 - She shifted some roles and responsibilities so that people did more work that aligned with their Sweet Spot profiles (their intuitive core values).
- 2 - She also spent some time with each volunteer and employee individually to explain how valuable they were to the organization and what role they specifically played as a Mobilizer, Optimizer, or Stabilizer.
Tiffany was then able to cast a vision that not only included the nonprofit’s commitment to serve at-risk youth, but also a commitment to help staff and volunteers move closer to areas of personal fulfillment.
This led to greater buy-in of the vision from staff and volunteers. They began to take ownership as they recognized the areas of contribution they were uniquely wired for. No longer did they feel replaceable. They adopted a sense of responsibility for the success of the organization because they we able to recognize the value of their contribution.
Within a year, the organization experienced a noticeable boost in morale, and a healthy reduction in staff and volunteer turnover.