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“My dear, here we must run as fast as we can, just to stay in place. And if you wish to go anywhere you must run twice as fast as that.” “Curiouser and curiouser!” —Alice in Wonderland Curiosity killed the cat? Not really. The original old English phrase has been badly translated over the years. The actually phrase was worry killed the cat. Curiosity is a positive trait, meaning a strong desire to learn, and for your board of directors, curiosity is essential to survival of your agency. A curious board of directors is always asking why. For example, a few years back my board was frustrated with the amount of time that individuals waited for counselling sessions. The following is a simplified version, for demonstration purposes, of the dialogue between my board and I. Board: Why do clients wait so long for service? Executive Director: Because we can’t take anymore clients in our counselling program. Board: Why can’t you take anymore clients? Executive Director: Because the number of counselling sessions that they need takes time. Board: Why do we need this many counselling sessions? Executive Director: Because we have always provided counselling this way. This kind of inquiry is key to understanding the “raison d’etre” of your organization. Simon Sinek, in Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, warns that perseverating on the “what” can make you irrelevant or obsolete; it’s the “why” that speaks to your purpose as an organization. At CMHA Niagara our “raison d’etre” is eliminating the pain and suffering of mental illness in a timely manner. Waiting over 3 months for counselling increases the level of pain and suffering. Inquiring about the “why” of our counselling led us to a more efficient and evidence- based counselling service. “My dear, here we must run as fast as we can, just to stay... read more→


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