Where I live the media is in an uproar over expenses. Apparently:
Politicians are spending too much.
Bank CEOs are getting paid too much.
The worth of civil servants is being judged on how much they cost.
This of course sells newspapers and makes for good barbecue talk.
The astute leader will hit this head on and turn the conversation to impact and progress. The issue should be impact, not expenses.
Perhaps if your charity spent 5% more on overhead you would be 100% more impactful.
Perhaps if you invested $5,000 per employee on leadership development, turnover would be cut in half.
Perhaps if you paid your pastor twice as much, 10x as many people would gather to worship.
If you want to sell newspapers talk about expenses. If you’re looking to change lives, focus on responsibly spending whatever it takes to get the impact we’re all expecting from you.