Non-Profit improvement requires actions

Non-Profit improvement needs more business support.

Are you fearful for your Non-Profit (Not-For-Profit) situation?

Are you struggling to find the purpose of your Non-Profit organisation? Having difficulty finding Non-Profit improvement? Are your improvement programs being put on the ‘back-burner”? Do you have that feeling of emptiness? Ever wonder if you’ll ever reach the kind of success you know is possible and would like to achieve? If this is the case, you are probably lonely and working in isolation. By working with businesses and other organisations in the community, social improvement actions will make a positive difference.

Moving forward means losing the fear, the uncertainty or whatever it may be, associated with a poor performing Non-Profit organisation.  There are never any gilt-edged guarantees, which is one thing that helps keep you on your toes. Dealing with the unpredictable issues associated with government funding can be a real headache. But, don’t avoid the hard questions that can make the organisation more effective and efficient. Keep your finger on the pulse of your Non-Profit and stay one step ahead, it’s a better place to be.

Perhaps fear or lack of funding is paralysing your thinking. Slowing the progress by stopping you really identifying your Non-Profit improvement actions?  Maybe you’ve had enough of all the red-tape, the micro-management of funders and the delaying of your plans?

It can also be challenging to know where next to invest your time resources. When you’re making the transition from a small to a medium-sized organisation, or you have to address increasing demand from your community.

So you’ve established your organisation and successfully grown past the fast-paced, frenetic start-up phase. How will you continue to grow, rather than simply maintaining the status quo?

Becoming a better leader

You don’t become a better leader by thinking about becoming a better leader. Become a better leader by changing behaviours and becoming action orientated. On the whole, I think we all lead with thinking and observation but is is not always enough.

  • Have a clear business model, business plan and budget to follow
  • Lead your meetings in a new way.
  • Practice entrepreneurial attributes.
  • Lead your team by active examples.
  • Point out an inconsistency, when you prefer to ignore it.
  • Ask a dumb question. “This might be a dumb question, but …”. Dumb can be better than smart.
  • Practice transparency when you prefer to keep things to yourself.
  • Gently say what you see when you prefer to turn away.
  • You can’t think your way into better leadership.
  • Learn to take risks.

Many Non-Profits don’t have enough staff to fill the holes that might arise from action and experimentation going wrong. However, security of action is an elusive goal, to have it good leaders risk it.

How will you know when you’re Non-Profit improvement program is working?

It can be hard to see whether a Non-Profit improvement program is realising its potential and living up to its purpose and vision. Despite having good financial statements, your organisation could be slipping badly in important areas. You don’t want to be one of those people, or supporters, who brags about how much money they have donated. Rather brag about the important outcomes the organisation is striving for and achieving.

You may be raising a lot of money through grants and donations, but how many people are you actually helping to overcome their problems and frustrations and meet their wants and needs.

How much of the money raised is going towards the Non-Profit improvement and the real objectives of the organisation? Keeping track of the organisation’s work may require revisiting the Business Model, Business Plan and Budgets. If the organisation is not meeting the desired outcomes, you may have to change the objectives, strategies and actions. This alone can dramatically alter the outcomes.

While it’s important for Non-Profit improvement programs to be aggressive and optimistic, you must always be realistic about the limitations imposed on a Non-Profit organisation. Always be open to new possibilities and opportunities that are constantly emerging for all manner of organisations.

Quotable quotes

“If you have an idea to make a Non-Profit improvement, or right a wrong, use entrepreneurial attributes to bring about the improvement”. Peter Sergeant

“An hour spent test-driving new leadership behaviours is more useful than an hour spent thinking about being an authentic leader”. Dan Rockwell

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn”. Harriet Beecher Stowe

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