November 24, 2008
As I have mentioned, I am fortunate enough to work at a non profit organization. For those of you who have spent your whole lives working in lovely for profit companies receiving good benefits and being let out of work a few hours early the day before a holiday…here are five things you probably never wanted to know about NPO’s.
1. In addition to having a boss and a bosses boss, I report to an illusive group of well connected people we call “THE BOARD”. Once a month THE BOARD gets together to talk about fascinating things like the budget and the staff and oil contracts.
2. You know THE BOARD is in the vicinity because people are running around in heals with piles of paper and screaming things like ‘PACKETS’ and ‘POWER POINT PRESENTATION’ before slamming into other well intended employees trying to get coffee or use the bathroom.
3. Every once in a while, if you are working on a particularly sexy or lucrative project, you are asked to present it to THE BOARD. When this happens you too run around in heals with piles of paper and you keep a little travel deodorant in your pocket in an effort to convince yourself you can prevent large circles of perspiration from forming under your arms.
4. When you present to THE BOARD, you lul yourself into a false sense of security by preparing loads of information and statistics and highlighting key phrases and tid bits of information you believe will make you sound smart or at least competent enough to cash your next paycheck.
5. Regardless of how well prepared you are, how many color coded highlighted packets you have carried with you, inevitably you are asked a question to which you have NO clue of the answer. This never fails. They must have a training camp for smelling the subject area you are least familiar with and then moving in for the question kill.
Can anyone guess how I spent my Friday?????