As a rule, I typically like to keep things positive. Especially when it comes to my work. Because I believe that nonprofit leaders need cheerleaders - perhaps more than any other type of leader.
But the fact is, people don't always get the message when it's framed in a positive way. They connect with the emotions associated with their challenges and problems.
Sometimes these are referred to as "pain points".
No matter what you call them, the struggle is real. And, as I see it, there are three main struggles that leaders of small to medium nonprofits share – and they are the same regardless of industry:
Sorry to be a drag. I mean, these could have been the three Fs: Function, Focus, and Fearlessness for a more positive approach. But, you see, telling it like it is really has a way of getting to the crux of a situation. And when you can properly identify a problem, you can also start to fix it. So, which one of these gets you down the most?