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E15: Investing in your Team to Scale Impact with Davis House Child Advocacy Center’s Brent Hutchinson

by Sean Boyce

This episode, I’m joined by the Davis House Child Advocacy Center’s Executive Director Brent Hutchinson to discuss the best ways to invest in your team, how to drive impact through your organization, and ways to build morale and prevent burnout.

Brent Hutchinson is a successful executive with 26 years of experience in cross-sector leadership, coaching, training, team development, vision casting, program implementation, frontline fundraising, and relationship management experience in local, national, and international settings.
Brent earned a PhD in Leadership Studies, the Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership Certificate from Duke University, and was named an Obama Fellow by the Barack Obama Foundation, one of twenty civic innovators from around the globe, in 2019.
His main focus now is social sector impact, community development and organizing, issues around rurality in this age, team leadership, networking for good, and transformational change management. Here are a few of the topics we’ll discuss on this episode of Scaling Impact:
  • How to drive impact through your organization.
  • The best ways to invest in your team.
  • How nonprofit organizations can advocate for their teams.
  • How to build morale and prevent burnout.
  • The problems with work environments classing themselves as a ‘family’.
  • The challenging aspects of growth.
  • Tools designed specifically for nonprofits.
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  • 11:40 – “Being able to help the staff connect to one another and not to necessarily build a family, I want to make this point. One of the things that I’ve learned over time is that we often want our work experiences to feel like family, we’re taking care of each other, we know each other personally, and all those things matter. Yes, that’s true but families are often incredibly dysfunctional and whenever something goes wrong with somebody in a family you can’t necessarily easily kick them off, in a workplace, you have to really approach that differently, so we really look at our workplace as a professional community and so there are implications about the word community that allow us to be relational with one another but were also professional we have a mission that is vitally important that has to be focused that requires them to be well trained and we can also do some fun things to make sure they feel taken care of.”
  • 24:51 – “That’s a great way to think about impact, your impact is maximized by the people you invest in and if you can get them on your team if you can get them walking forward with you that’s one of the biggest ways to expand your reach as an organization and as a leader yourself. To understand that you don’t have to do it alone that you’re not responsible for every idea, you’re not responsible for every success, you’re terminally held responsible but you’re not resposinible there are other people that can do it with you and that’s so much more fun.”