Coming from my professional consultant experience, I tend to design every engagement as a project. That way we can improve the discipline of execution. I have developed following 5 steps as a guideline. Nevertheless, as you read the content below you may perhaps laugh how Kindness Projects contract the some principles of the project management.
Identify a potential recipient:
Recipient is the corner stone of the project. Having a good recipient is critical. The entire community around us are full of potential recipients. But, how can we identify a ‘right’ recipient?
Answer to this question is work-in-progress at this stage of my journey. Yet, this is how I decide at this stage. Expect more updates as the journey progresses.
- Is he a person of integrity? (i.e. walks to talk)
- How important is this to him? (not just a fun)
- Does he has to make significant changes to his current daily routines? (If yes, not suitable).
Recognise the need:
‘What can I do for you?’
Recipient will go silent for a minute or two, and think deeply. Then will present few needs. List them in order of importance to the recipient.
- Need to learn Mindful living
- Need a friend to share the grief (counselling support)
- Seek a companion to execute a charity walk
- Seeking a drop to the hospital
- Need help to develop a business plan
Can I fulfil?
Just ask yourself, whether you have the required resources to serve this need?
Resources in the sense, motivation, ability, skill, time etc. that are required to fulfil the recipient’s need. It is absolutely kind to be honest and say that I cannot commit, if the resources are not available within you.
It is very important to define recipient’s expectations before committing. Discuss in detail, how do you (as donor) perceive the recipients need. Ask whether that understanding aligns with him? Then ask few questions for him to further explain, or fill the gaps.
Then right down the expectations into a set of bullet points.
In kindness projects, often, we dont need to define an end-out come. Journey itself is the kindness project. But many fail to understand the intangible outcomes generated during that journey. Maintaining kindness throughout the journey, require adjustments into such understanding, and appreciation of intangible outcomes.
Design immediate next step:
One step at a time is better than designing whole journey as a project grant chart. Because kindness is an evolving process. Open mind is very essential to enrich the experience. Thus limit the planning to the immediate next step only!
When can we meet? to do what? Where? Let’s put it into the calendar!
So these are the five steps in a bullet point summary:
- Identify a potential recipient
- Recognise the need of the recipient
- Verify whether you have ability, skill and capacity to fulfil
- Define expectations
- Design immediate next step
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