Looking for an Accomplice

When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice. – Marquis de la Grange

I love this quote.  It can be read as manipulative, but I choose not to. And yes, “accomplice,” does convey wrongdoing of some sort.  But if not taken so literally, it can be read in a way that reminds us of how we should be doing our work:

  1. Find prospects with financial capacity and at least some interest in who we are or what we do;
  2. Communicate with them about the impact we make;
  3. Get them involved;
  4. Ask for their advice regarding our work/plans for the future so that we can have even more impact;
  5. Explore with them how they can supplement their advice with their financial investment.

Every organization needs more accomplices.  And when you regularly ask for advice, you are one-step away from gaining more.


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