change management

Are You Ready For Takeoff?

What makes a nonprofit willing and able to change and grow? Is there a “secret formula” to this readiness?

In her blog on Social Velocity, Nell Edgington identifies 5 traits that indicate an organization might be a good candidate for change or growth:

  • You have momentum among Board and staff: while not all of your key internal stakeholders need to agree, a significant number of them have to believe that the time for change is now

  • You have a clear idea what the definition of change is: you are utilizing opportunities to consider and discuss what change looks like for your organization and you can set some specific goals for change.

  • There is a belief that change can happen: the collective power of positive thinking creates momentum and enthusiasm.

  • You have the ability to have difficult conversations about potential challenges to growth: you have a group that is able to confront these issues and be honest about how to address them.

  • There is a strong commitment across the organization: everyone participates, everyone has a specific role and a way to be involved in making and facilitating change.

As Edgington says, you either have these traits, or you develop them. But without them, you won’t get too far.

Is your organization ready for takeoff? I can help!

Welcome to the New Year!

“For last year's words belong to last year's languageAnd next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning."

T.S. Eliot

For those who celebrate the Jewish New Year, this is a time for reflection and atonement. Many people approach this period as an opportunity to set a new direction for themselves, or to set intentions to work on aspects of themselves that might need adjustment in the coming year.

Change is always difficult, but refusing to acknowledge that you need to change is worse in the long run.  I wish all who are celebrating a joyous and healthy New Year, and an easy path to change.