Now more than ever, the Pre & Post COVID era requires Leaders that are willing to raise their level of awareness. It requires a willingness to cultivate adaptability, environmental awareness and a habit of continual learning in order to survive and thrive.
If there are Leaders in the Nonprofit sector still trying to hold on to the traditional ways of leading, managing and raising money to support the mission, then they should probably start preparing now for dissolution at some point. The paradigm shift required by the impact of Political Division, Social Unrest and Economic instability will not be denied.
In this time of social, economic and political unrest, it's easy to get lost in the negative implications and the tsunami of negative information fed to us on a daily basis. I hope you find the message of encouragement timely and uplifting.
Everyone and every organization's been affected by COVID like nothing in recent memory. The challenge is how you decide to meet it. Do you stand pat hoping with false optimism, or do stop making plans about the plans you're planning on planning and move forward with determination.
There's an old saying in operations, which is 'if you can't measure it, you shouldn't be doing it.' I feel much the same way about Organizational Structure, especially Nonprofit Boards of Directors. Without form and function in place, the effectiveness and efficiency required to help the organization accomplish it's mission is compromised.
The role of a Board of Directors is to govern. Yet, most lean toward micro-managing the organization because they don't understand what governance is and they don't understand the role of the Executive Director. Result? Blurred lines and little moving of the needle.