Updated: Apr 29, 2022
Nonprofit service through the eyes of The Oracle
Hi everyone, Robin here.
At T. Donovan Creative (T. DC) I am known as The Oracle, or the Operations Manager. Why the oracle? Well, the service I provide is to guide our team through the creation of business strategies that support a culture of service to others, both internally and externally. How hard can that be, right? I have a fabulous job!
But here’s the thing, serving others requires an unwavering commitment to accountability of character, flawless delivery, integrity, and fiercely protected relationships that supersede an easier route and a profitability study. If you don’t think so, just start making decisions based on how the outcome will affect your team, client, and community without using your financial bottom line as the marker.
When I was given the opportunity to work at T. DC, I knew I would accept the
position based on one thing- the mission statement, “we serve those that serve the world.” Yes! I was immediately hooked on the singular purpose of serving alongside a team of people that are contributing to a legacy that is bigger than any one person. We are all part of something bigger than ourselves.
In the world of professional cycling, there is a specific rider known as the Domestique. This rider is highly skilled and capable of winning the race for himself, but he instead chooses to work for the benefit of the entire team’s performance. In French, yep, you guessed it, domestique translates to servant. Incredible. How many of us are willing to sacrifice our own personal win to serve our team?
In the non-profit community, we serve clients that are functioning as domestiques. Educators, CEOs, pastors, and philanthropists are all part of the same team that is serving the world one person at a time. These are servant leaders that care nothing about position and everything about those that are lacking love, life skills, education, confidence, and the promise of a future without limitations.
As the leader of my team, I have chosen to “serve those that serve the world.” Mother Teresa said that “the greatest good is what we do for one another.” Forging a path of promise and success for those in our communities is what T. DC is about. Truly, we are better together!