16 Dec

VEGAS baby

In the course of helping clients hire professional staff or fill leadership lay roles, I tell them to go for VEGAS.  What is VEGAS?

“V” is for vision. You want people with vision for themselves, the position and the organization.

“E” is for enthusiasm. You want people who bring energy and excitement for your work and cause.

“G” is for grit. Grit has gotten a lot attention lately.  Researchers define grit as perseverance and passion for long-term goals and find that as a trait, grit is better predictor of success than IQ.

“A” is for attitude.  We all know really smart people who have a lot to add but their attitude, well, let’s just say it doesn’t contribute positively to the atmosphere. Over time, this is contagious and can cause serious productivity and people problems.

“S” is sense, as in common sense. Smart is nice but what nonprofits really need are people who have common sense and can get things done.

So when you hire or recruit, think VEGAS, baby!

To your success,


P.S. My new book, On Board: What Current and Aspiring Board Members Must Know About Nonprofits & Board Service, is now available on Amazon

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