Some of the most debilitating constraints faced by the charity sector have a common root cause. Which implies there could be a common solution if we are collectively willing to take it on.
Almost every charity CEO wants their organisation to move faster, to become more responsive, more flexible, more agile. The solution is far simpler than you might expect.
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.