All around the country, community service is powered by such a wide variety of organizations that it almost seems like they would trip over each other to find ways to help out those in need. The spirit of giving and the desire to help others is evidenced strongly in the work done by churches, charitable organizations, youth groups and social clubs that gather to pitch in and help.
While these institutions have their way well mapped out., sometimes their impact is not that evident. This is frustrating to many including funders. This is because failure to come together continues to undermine our potentials. It is as someone has said, ‘Together we can.’
Until we come together and work jointly we are likely not going to only duplicate efforts, we’re going to have a limited impact. If we’re serious about making impact we’re better off doing it collectively. It’s about time we come together. We can serve our communities more richly.
We live in a day and age when individualism is seen as the thing to be coveted but we can’t deny the fact that it is a costly way to go. We as individuals or organizations are interdependent in our work.
Think of the teams that have shown themselves to be giants in their industry and you’ll readily see the power of team work. Team spirit as it has come to be called is a killer virtue. Where managers are leaders and their subordinates enjoy their leadership and readily comply, results are mind blowing.
So where organizations different as they are come together with each contributing its potential and resources together with newer perspective, our communities can be well served and the rewards obtained by the organizations immeasurable. In many ways the power of working has been demonstrated around us every time, but somehow when it comes to serving in our institutions such great wisdom has suffered neglect.
To really bring about the impact we so crave we cannot continue taking our work as though it were a solo act. Coming together brings with it the capacity for crowd innovation which brings additional organizational value.