Tuesday, May 17, 2011

One Year Anniversary of Fighting Crime

One year ago today, I started my first day at Fight Crime: Invest in Kids. In some ways, I know this is just the beginning. The world of nonprofit communications has been quite the adventure. Reflecting on the past year, here are a few lessons learned while “Fighting Crime”:
  • Take risks, even ones that take you thousands of miles from home. It is as scary as it is rewarding - and that makes it worth the risk.
  • You don’t know the meaning of “flooded inbox” until you receive 50+ daily Google Alerts.
  • Office culture is a balancing act.
  • It IS possible to do much with few resources. Thanks to social media, this is more possible for nonprofits than ever before.
  • Working for a small organization allows for greater opportunities - hiring interns, leading workshops -- but it also allows more opportunities to be humbled.
  • Mistakes happen. Forgiving and flexible supervisors create employees who will be forgiving and flexible in their careers.
  • Working with passionate people may mean longer hours; but at the end of the day, you’re working with passionate people - not robots.
Fighting Crime With (My) Words (April 18, 2010) via Digital Disciple
A Speedy Return (May 25, 2010) via Capital Comment