Within the media stories about Jamie Oliver’s restaurant chain going into administration, are hidden lessons for many charities.
In vision statements and outward-looking aspirations, charities and non-profits are rarely short of bold ambition. But it’s often the avoidance of negative consequences that shapes the action plan.
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?
The problem with setting targets is that you achieve them, when perhaps you could have achieved far more.
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.
In any organisation there will be lots of people who have ideas as to how things could be improved, but how do you decide which ones to back?
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.
Most of the charities I work with are having to change, but the thing that most often slows them down, is persuading their passionate long-standing people to embrace those changes