How much more effective could your charity be if its people were more professional?
Innovation, or so we believe, is the silver bullet that will simultaneously broaden our reach, increase our impact, raise us out of the crowd and future-proof our organisation. The irony is, a silver bullet is the last thing we should be looking for.
Three years ago I felt like something of a lone voice in championing the commercial opportunity for charities. Now, it feels like awareness and interest is definitely gaining momentum.
A single, harmonious organisational culture is a myth. Subcultures are inevitable, but they don’t have to be a problem if you follow these steps.
If you don’t have the capabilities to deliver your intended strategy, you’ll fail. In the same way, if you don’t have the right culture to deliver it, you’ll fail. And the solution is no different in either scenario.
If all you’re doing in most of your meetings is agreeing to carry on with the current plan, your time would probably be better spent elsewhere.
Nobody enjoys closing services, cutting staff, and potentially reducing impact, but if that’s what needs to happen, it can’t be done reluctantly and half-heartedly.
Great leaders create more leaders, not more followers. That’s why the true measure of any leader is in the quality of the team they lead.
Research has shown that paying people more money doesn’t improve their performance. But what it has shown, is that there are five other factors that make all the difference.
“You didn’t tell me”, “they didn’t say anything”, and “why didn’t anyone raise this at the time”, should be red flags for any leader, particularly if it’s you who is saying them.