Rini Banerjee

Slow Down to Speed Up

I am a person who thinks fast, walks fast, and talks fast.  I guess I am a quintessential New Yorker.  I sometimes want answers fast. But one answer I haven’t been able to get and that has been gnawing on me for last 15 years in philanthropy is why isn’t there be a better way for organizations such as Forward Together to get   sustainable long-term funding.  So, I decided to jump into this Innovation Challenge with Forward Together and other funder colleagues to possibly figure out this wicked question.  What I have learned so far in this process:

  • To build collective muscle to solve challenging issues; I need to take it one step at a time.  I really need to slow down, pause, and then move from a place of strength and abundance to tackle complex issues.
  • To actively listen and repeat back takes practice. That practice is fundamental to slowing down, listening carefully, pausing, and acting strategically.
  • To have the ability to check-in with one person every week to practice collaborative muscle building is an incredible opportunity.  My weekly check-ins have accelerated my growth considerably. I appreciate the commitment we both have made to this process and I learn each week how to do things better.

My hope is that working on the Muscles & Mindsets will get me/we to a place where we can tackle the wicked question.  Lastly, big thanks to Eugene for his fantastic facilitation and methodology.  I am looking forward to the Innovation Challenge!

2 comments for “Slow Down to Speed Up

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    Eugene Eric Kim
    April 28, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Thank you for sharing this and for taking the time to participate in this, Rini! I love what you’ve been sharing about one-step-at-a-time. It’s so, so easy to just say it, but it’s so hard to do.

    I also appreciate your insight about active listening. A lot of my thinking about practice was influenced by my older sister, who’s a musician. One thing that musicians do is… you guessed it, practice listening! It’s fundamental to what they do, which is why they do it. Well, it’s fundamental to what we do to, yet we rarely actively practice it with feedback. I truly believe that if we all took the time to slow down and simply practiced listening and nothing else, that we would all improve significantly at collaboration and that the world would be a better place overall.

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    April 30, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Really inspired Rini, and re-motivated regarding the challenge at hand. Thanks for sharing!

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