Small wins: Find one more Teammate

by Megan O'Leary on July 2, 2014

Seattle, Washington Connector Lisa Zenno posted a comment on a story we ran earlier this month that piqued our interest. She suggested that Teams might do better in these early stages of the Network to focus on getting active involvement rather than "big wins."

That got me thinking about how valuable this "small wins" mindset can be for all of us as we start this new movement.


While having big goals is important for knowing where you’re headed long term, celebrating small victories and remembering that it’s the little things that lead to the big things are really important parts of the process, especially when you’re just starting up.

What's one great example of a small, early-stage win? For small or one-person Teams, it could be finding just one more person to join you.

How can you make it happen? Try these two steps:

Think small to start

If you're a one-person Team, don’t become overwhelmed by thinking of all the things you’d love to do if only you had an army of help. Consider making it a goal to recruit just one more person—two makes a Team! Then you can start bouncing ideas off each other and sharing resources to really get the ball rolling.

Share with your social networks

You can let your friends, colleagues, and online communities know about your involvement with Idealist and invite them to join you. One way to do this is on the virtual “community boards” you use every day, like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. You can even share a link to your Team page and invite your contacts to join you!

In an upcoming post, we'll think about what a small win could look like for a large Team.

Connectors, tell us about a small win you’ve had or are working toward.

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