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Tips for Coaching Your Team to Success

As a leader, one of your most important jobs is coaching—that is, teaching those who work under you in the organization and improving their chances for success as they move forward. No matter how great you are at your work, coaching can be a major challenge. Performing a job yourself takes one set of strengths; teaching someone else how to perform well requires its own set of sometimes counterintuitive-seeming processes. While there’s no surefire method for making coaching easy, we’ve put together a few tips that will help you get started. 1. Invest your time and energy in your [...]

2022-09-28T15:26:25-05:00September 28th, 2022|Tools for Action|

The Heart, the Head, and the Hands: Three Coaching Methods to Improve Your Leadership

One of the most challenging but most important jobs of any leadership role is recognizing when an individual or even a whole team isn’t living up to their potential, and understanding the best way to step in and guide them. Sometimes members of your crew just need a push in the right direction and knowledge of your support; sometimes they need more hands-on training in the nitty-gritty details of their work process; and sometimes they need someone to help them step back, see the bigger picture, and create a plan of action. Different realities and different dynamics call for different [...]

2022-08-31T10:33:45-05:00August 31st, 2022|Tools for Action|

Five Leadership Methods to Successfully Organize Your Community

A successful organization has three essential components: people, power, and change. We regularly present the three in this specific order for a reason. Power and change are the goals that an organization strives for, but it all starts with people. Until you find your people, you cannot pinpoint specific goals nor the specific resources (i.e., types of power) necessary to achieve those goals. But if step one is to find your people, then the next step must be determining how to organize that constituency. Even disorganized, many people can identify key problems that exist in their community and are eager [...]

2022-08-15T16:00:11-05:00August 16th, 2022|Tools for Action|

4 Essential Steps for Mobilizing People to Action

Finding folks who will offer up verbal support for your organization’s causes can be a difficult enough task. But translating that support into effective action is an even greater level of struggle, one that is necessary to create meaningful, lasting change based around the principles of your cause. While there is no easy way to gain commitment from others, there are some steps you can take to help increase your chances of success. You can think of these as the four C’s of mobilizing commitment: connection, context, commitment, and catapult. Let’s take a look at each one: Connect: Making the [...]

2022-06-30T09:16:26-05:00July 18th, 2022|Tools for Action|

Change in the Air: Discovering Your Goals & the Power to Achieve Them

There are many reasons that people might organize together under a shared strategy, but those strategies all tend toward one broad goal: seeking specific, objective, and material change. As a leader, one of your most important jobs is identifying what those goals are as well as methods for achieving them. What Do You Want? Easily identifiable, tangible goals create an impetus for joining your organization. Before you can successfully get people invested, you’ll need to answer questions such as: What problems are your constituents looking to fix or improve upon? And what can be done to accomplish that? These questions [...]

2022-06-30T09:17:36-05:00June 23rd, 2022|Tools for Action|

Five Black Organizers to Know Today

Come February, children all around the U.S. are learning the names of Black leaders like Fedrick Douglas, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, and Rosa Parks in school. It is certainly important to recognize the accomplishments of these individuals and their contribution to American history, but for most Americans, Black History is taught using a time capsule that all too often begins with slavery and ends after the civil rights movement of the 1960s. The version of American history which uplifts and centers Black achievements is robust and recent. Though there are many to choose from, here are just five of [...]

2022-05-26T09:31:40-05:00February 9th, 2022|Political Education|

Job Opening: WiLD Academy Zoom Coordinator

Launched in 2016, the Wisconsin Leadership Development (WiLD) Project trains community organizers, both new and seasoned, to engage others around their own core values, structure effective leadership teams, and make strategic choices that lead to measurable, effective action for change. Our signature workshop utilizes five basic organizing leadership practices that draw upon a rich history of community organizing, social movements, and campaigns. This framework is taught at the Harvard Kennedy School by Dr. Marshall Ganz, a celebrated civil rights organizer, and has been adapted in cultures and contexts launching grassroots efforts around the world. While typically offered in person over [...]

2021-12-21T17:26:40-06:00December 21st, 2021|Wild News|

Climbing the Mountain: Navigating the Peaks and Valleys of Your Campaign Timeline

Any organization that hopes to achieve meaningful change inevitably must build a shared strategy. This is a layered process that requires time, effort, and thoughtfulness in its approach. Determining a shared strategy begins with answering five questions. First, you must pinpoint who your people are - that is, the people you’re working with and targeting, as well as opposing. Next, you must define your goals, and then determine a theory for how to get the power to achieve those goals, followed by finding specific tactics to follow through with. The fifth and final step of creating a shared strategy is [...]

2021-12-20T11:13:44-06:00December 14th, 2021|Tools for Action|

Susan Butler-Graham: Organizer Spotlight

This week's organizer spotlight features Susan Butler-Graham, an organizer with Mothers Out Front (and participant in the 2021 virtual WiLD Academy): 1) What have you learned from “falling off the bike” as a leader? I've learned to ask for help. Contrary to what I learned growing up, no one is expected to do this work alone. In fact, it's impossible to do alone. Being an organizing leader means bringing the difficulties and decisions to the rest of the team, and solving the problems together. That's both freeing and empowering. It's not easy for me to ask for help, but it's [...]

2021-11-09T08:40:14-06:00November 9th, 2021|Organizer Spotlights|

Samia Karimi: Organizer Spotlight

This week's organizer spotlight features Samia Karimi, an organizer with ARTogether (and participant in the 2021 virtual WiLD Academy): 1) What have you learned from “falling off the bike” as a leader? Perhaps the most frightening thing about leadership is diving into pure uncertainty. You have to get comfortable about making decisions without knowing all the facts, without knowing the right people, without knowing where you will end up, or without knowing whether the people you are trying to help may no longer be alive next month. These past few months, I have been diving in head first, along with [...]

2021-10-28T11:43:32-05:00October 28th, 2021|Organizer Spotlights|
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