I recently learned a term coined “helicoptering.” Its where a leader takes their board and management team up high enough to see the big picture. As activists we get so wrapped up in this tiny lane of injustice that we forget about humanity, inclusion, socializing, and others self-interest. But, as leaders we must have the wherewithal to take our constituents to higher ground so they can see the totality of a situation.
When a Mission Statement only gets partially accomplished, its not a failure. It is only problematic because the longer a mission goes unaccomplished, the harder it becomes to keep constituents. Its a time to readjust, perhaps stay the course, or seek advice.
For example: the LGBT community has a real problem. We have lesbians, gays, platinum gays, golden gays, silver gays, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, poly sexual, transgendered, gender non conforming, gender queer, gender fluid, queer, questioning…did I miss anyone? We are divided. We invent some new term to further divide, like platinum gay (whoever invented this ought to be ashamed of themselves) and this creates fissures that nobody understands how to navigate. Its like this in every community though. Every community has class ism and elitism.
So here is my conclusion. Take a good hard look at your goals, which should be referenced in your Mission Statement, and then take you and your team to higher ground, do an environmental scan and identify the stakeholders you have forgotten about. Then include them in the process of planning, accept their different point of view, which is of high value, and reformulate a plan if necessary. But work, always seeking new information. That is the key folks.
I have lots of information and ideas for anti violence, victimization elimination, racism elimination, equality etc. I want to help…
Feel free to contact me at
Jeff Utnage 823469 D-610-2
P.O. Box 888
Monroe, WA 98272
Or you can use the state approved email service, jpay.com which you must sign up for, but, its way faster and ultimately the electronic stamps cost less than postage for both of us. I will reply to either though. You will need to add yourself to my contacts once your registered using my info:
Name: Jeff Utnage and Inmate ID: 823469