Greetings DPA Board Friends!
I have been thinking as we have been discussing for a while now how to bring more sustainable funds into The Alliance. I have a suggestion, which our Founder can veto if she feels called, for our next board meeting in July. Between the now and the then of our next meeting, why don't each of us incubate a way for the create new sources of funds, or a undervalued/underutilized source of funds to be brought into the Alliance. For this to actually work I would suggest that it be more than an idea. What is the reality of this new venture? What are the steps needed to implement it? Who is going to implement it? (Bonnie is the wrong answer and it should stand independent of her involvement). What is the timeline needed to implement it. (Basics are to set the launch date and work backwards setting dates for each step in order to see if you have a good time frame). Who is the specific target audience? (Not DPA members but specific, for example, 'non-member CBT therapists who are looking to add value to their toolbox' or ' DPA members who are non-licensed practitioners who are wanting to move into depth based coaching' and etc. How is this program going to reach and entice this target audience to participate? What is the cost to participate? What are the technological needs to run this program? How will you appease the technological Goddesses so that everything runs smoothly. :-) What is the added value, besides funding, to the Alliance?
Basically I am suggesting a combo action plan/program plan/business plan for this event you are proposing. And, if you could present it at the next meeting. This might be a short for some people and you might want to wait until the August meeting to present.
The other piece, which I would say is an option, (don't kill me Bonnie) instead of creating something new if you are out of ideas or inspiration, what are the current functions of the Alliance and are there pieces that you would like to take over or do you have an idea on who (not Bonnie) might be great and being in charge of that one piece.
Basically, the Alliance needs to make more money to be sustainable as it is currently sustained by Santa Claus. The second piece is that the Alliance is mostly a one woman show, who is burning her candle at both ends and in doing so does not have the time to do the big thinking that she/that the Alliance needs. Bot not only is Bonnie Santa Claus but she is also all of the Elves and all of the Reindeer. This too is not sustainable. And, it might be painful, as founder, to give away bits, but for her sanity, now is the time.
Bonnie, if you would make a quick list of bits you would love to give away, not be in direct charge of, that will give you the space and time you need to function. For example, do you need to be the one who approves all blogs, photos, groups, members, and etc? What are pieces that you don't really need to be handling day-to-day that are not inspiring you, that you do because you always have. It is time kick your babies out of the nest and let them fly. And yes, a few will go splat on the ground or one or two might fly too high and have the wax of their wings melt, but most will learn to fly and soar mightily. It will be hard to stand by and let these 'bad' flights happen, but it will be crucial to the development of The Alliance. You have been amazing, done amazing things with the Alliance, and I want you to be even more amazing! Which means, stop being the doer and concentrate on vision vigilance and big idea creator. Question-Is your current role holding you back?
Just my suggestions which can be followed or not.