The Not For Profit Podcast Ep 17: NFPs and Family Focus

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You may find yourself getting lost in your job and forgetting about yourself and your family in the process. When this happens, it also affects how you interact and work with others. By learning how to draw the line between being doing good work and overworking yourself, you can positively affect your relationship with yourself, your loved ones, and your coworkers.

In today’s episode, we will be talking with Brett Ryan, CEO of Focus on the Family, about three main points: 1) having work and life balance, 2) taking care of yourself, and 3) keeping your tasks in line with the NFP’s mission.

Tune in and know more about how you can become a better person for yourself, your family and your company.

About Brett Ryan (2:44)

  • He has been a husband for 30 years and a father of three sons.
  • He is also a former critical care nurse.
  • Brett was a children’s and family pastor in Melbourne for 12 and a half years.
  • He is currently the CEO of Focus on the Family for six and a half years.

Work and Life Balance (5:01)

  • Set some parameters.
  • Learn how to delegate tasks.
  • Learn to prioritize.
  • Spend time with your family.
  • Treat your special someone like a bank account: deposit quality time before making withdrawals.

Taking Care of Yourself (10:38)

  • Self-care is vital.
  • Let other people care for you.
  • Have someone to talk with about yourself.
  • Avoid taking all the burden and let yourself share it with others.

Being a Team Builder (15:06)

  • Teach by modelling what needs to be done.
  • Delegate tasks.
  • Do not micromanage.
  • Empower your people.
  • Learn how to take care of others.
  • Do not be afraid to take charge.
  • Learn from others.
  • Work hard.

Avoiding Analysis Paralysis (17:06)

  • Know who to listen to.
  • Older people have more experience and have old school thinking.
  • Look for people who are more cutting edge and innovative.
  • Learn to discern what is best for your people in the long-term.

Keeping Yourself on Track (18:42)

  • Stay true to your foundations.
  • Uphold your core values.
  • Focus on your specialty and expand it.

Dealing with Negative Feedback (22:57)

  • Embrace the antagonistic feedback.
  • Negative feedback means interactivity.
  • You can use this as an opportunity to explain and expound on your thoughts about the issue.

Who is Brett Ryan?

Brett Ryan is the current CEO of Focus on the Family Australia. Before becoming a CEO, he worked as a critical care nurse in an intensive care unit, and then he became a children’s and family pastor in a church in Melbourne. He helped people with their physical and spiritual needs. Now, Brett helps them with their social problems with their families. He has been married for 30 years and has been blessed with three sons and a grandson.

Contact Brett Ryan:

Focus On The Family Australia

If you have any questions, you may email me at [email protected]. You can also visit our Facebook page for more details.

Thanks for listening!

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