Don’t Leave the Big Picture Behind by Cristina Sinclaire

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Don’t Leave the Big Picture Behind by Cristina Sinclaire

Cristina Sinclaire

Working on electoral and issue campaigns often forces us to work on very tight timelines, making it easy to become bogged down in the daily meetings, process, and minutiae.

But, as organizers, we must remember to build in time to check in on progress and make sure we’re moving towards our larger goals.

Here are a few tips for keeping the big picture in mind:

  • Know your vision. Make sure everyone on your team knows your vision and how he or she fits into it. For staff not at headquarters, it’s easy to feel isolated and lose sight of the ultimate goal. Remind your staff regularly how their work contributes to the larger outcome. Communicating developments goes a long way towards building a solid team

  • Prioritize. Don’t get bogged down in the minutiae of small tasks. Make sure you and your team have a clear sense of your high priority goals and continually check in on your progress.

  • Provide updates. Frequently we silo off into our own work and completely miss the contributions of others around us, especially those in other departments. At NOI, we do a 15-minute morning meeting every day so we can share in the work each department is doing.

  • Use your space. Put your goals or vision on the walls of your office. Visual reminders of your work provide clarity and motivation — especially during the rough times.

  • Track benchmarks. Take the time to build and plan with goals and key benchmarks on a specific timeline.

How often do you check in with staff and keep them updated on long-term goals?

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Cristina Sinclaire, Election Administration Outreach Manager,  New Organizing Institute (NOI).  NOI trains organizers to build and manage effective movements by integrating tried-and-true community organizing, cutting-edge digital strategy, and data-driven decision making. NOI provide free access to revolutionary tools, technologies, and research to help campaigns reach the next level.

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