The movements which had a great influence were not started by large groups but the whole story revolves around a certain group of people. Only a small group had made a big impact and if you want proof then look out the window in 2020.
Now the basic groups behind nonprofits are competing against the age-old institutions and they are winning! Keep in mind that this all is possible only due to the modern means of communication which had made the world a global village. This process had helped a lot in making a small team a large group in terms of its efforts.
Keep one thing in mind that it is not very easy. Small groups can make a big impact only if they organize everything and work efficiently until their last breath of life. One may ask one question, how can teams of five compete with armies of hundreds? The answer to this question is very easy which is answered above that due to the modern means of communication which provide community engagement software for nonprofits etc around the world.
Whatever the problem is, including organizing a protest and working for the office, the following tips will help you a lot in achieving a big benefit through small teams.
1) Fascinate your small team
Just keep in mind that if you are having a lot of emails and subscriptions lying around you then it doesn’t mean that you are an active member until you perform actions in full terms of “An active” member. If only one person is performing an action then he/she is making a big difference. So keep your community members involved even the action of involving is small.
It is already clear that due to the modern means of communication the most of the work is being done online. Don’t use digital means to attract only new members rather use it also in strengthening community ties and you can do this by sending an email of thank and by posting a question that how your community or organization can improve. These two tips will let people feel get involved.
Your website is also important for boosting up your business. Divide your initiatives and achieve your goals through the respective site. If you target all the people at the same time then this will not be successful rather by focusing on individuals. Take an example of LivableStreets which created different websites for their different initiatives.
2) Supporters’ responsibility
In a small business, each and every person is required to put his/her effort into the business. Even a little effort of an individual but on a regular basis can make a difference. This is applicable not only to supporters but to employees and stakeholders.
If you create a good connection with your supporters then you will not only mobilize your community but will make efficient use of manpower. If you do this then people will get a chance to do what they are passionate about.
Just look at how the Canadian environmental nonprofit GreenPAC handled their 100 debates. By 2019 only hundreds of their participants worked together and handled 104 debates with more than 350 candidates and over 15,000 citizens.
The thing about which I want to focus on is that this all was possible due to their training sessions which they made through an online system: video and audio. If you empower the people on a daily basis and remain connected with them then you can make a big impact which cant be made alone.
3) Work for good Framework
It is clear that small groups can make a good impact but must bear in mind that these groups have to be in a big group when the needs grow. A small group can not remain a small group with the passage of time. Don’t allow anyone to create an individual group and just focus on how to make a small group an large group.
Group’s growth is mostly concerned with the infrastructure of the group: how the group is organized, how you present yourself. For example, did you focus on how to tempt the visitors to sign up? Design, presentation, and animations, etc help to boost up your business.
The Designers who are successful are only due to their capability. They prioritize certain points and work on them. They create such an environment which tempt the visitors to the signup, Subscribe or Donate buttons.
The best and the needed aspect of infrastructure is that you should know the talents of your supporters. By knowing their talents you will be able to assign them the work which will match their personality. The more you engage your supporters, the more you will be able to utilize their talents.
4) Strengthen the routine to strengthen the people
Answers to certain questions will determine the success of the small groups: Are they organized? Are all the participants being utilized to their full potential? Are they working together in the same direction or pulling each other apart? If the answers to these questions are in the positive sense, it means the group is in the line of success. Due to the modern means of communication, you can reply at an optimal time, create sign-up pages, and more.
5) Need for A Clear and impressive Vision
The smaller the team, the more you will be able to focus on the direction of your work. So it is very important to focus, define, and understand the purpose for which you are working. If the organization has certain goals then there is no need to ponder but work for them. But if the organization has a dim view about the purpose then you need to answer the following questions:
- Why do we exist?
- What problem does our organization seek to address/
- Which way is effective and which is not?
- What can we do to make ourselves different from other organizations?
After jotting down these questions then remind talk on these questions several times a year. Don’t glue these questions on the office door only rather you need to work and talk on these so that you can have a clear vision about your work and goal.
6) A Group Effort for long-lasting Success
In large businesses, there is no need to jump out of your area of work. You need to stay glued to your work and field. But in small teams, there is a process of giving and take. One person can help the other just for the sake of group success.
You need to encourage your participants that the whole group’s success means his/her success. So ask your participants that Be willing to work outside of the normal area of responsibility and help your teammates. If this mindset is being applied in a group effort then don’t worry because your small team can make a big impact.