Written By: Bruce
Every August the Donor By Design team sets aside two days to tune-up our leadership skills at the Global Leadership Summit (GLS). Once again, the GLS didn’t disappoint.
One of the many speakers was restaurateur Danny Meyer. Meyer has built one of the most successful restaurant group brands in America. (You can read more about Danny Meyer here.)
In his session titled The Transforming of Hospitality, Meyer talked about how he builds and evaluates his team. I was struck with the real transferability to our work in fundraising and advancement.
“When I evaluate an employee, I look for 49% technical proficiency and 51% hospitality skills. Technical proficiency means you can do your job. But perfection in your job only counts for 49%. The rest is hospitality. Not service. Hospitality is about how we made you feel when we delivered service.”
Hospitality is truly at the core of what we do as fundraisers. If you were to break down your department functions by technical proficiency (receipting gifts accurately, subject matter knowledge, database management, etc.) and hospitality proficiency (connecting with your donors, translating your case, making it personally relevant, etc.) what might be on your list? Every employee at every level on your team must understand that we are ultimately in the hospitality business.
“What we’re working on the most is–beyond systems–how to scale culture. How do we scale the way we make you feel when you work in one of our places? How do we scale the way we make you feel when you dine in one of our places? It starts in the interview when we share what our company stands for. We don’t just hire based on what you can do but who you are in six key emotional skills. All these emotional skills add up to a high HQ – Hospitality Quotient. These people are most satisfied when someone else feels better.”
The six key emotional skills are:
- Kind-hearted and optimistic
- Work Ethic
Is this spirit of hospitality at the core of your development team and culture?
How would your team rate on Meyer’s Hospitality Quotient?
The very best fundraisers I have met have been servant leaders who are most satisfied when the donor feels better. Agreed?