Strategic Planning Nonprofit
Dennis C. Miller grew up in an abusive household. His childhood years were filled with mental stress and feelings of despair and hopelessness. As a young man, Miller sought out the help he needed. This included a short stay in a psychiatric hospital and counseling.
I met a leader in my neighborhood the other day. She doesn't wear designer business suits or travel with an entourage of assistants. In fact, when I see her she is usually wearing jeans and a sweatshirt, and is buys moving packages from the porch of her church to the trunk of her compact SUV.
Leadership is a behavior, not a position or a title. While some executives exhibit remarkable leadership behaviors, others simply become good managers, never fully realizing their capacity for leadership. The latter will likely have the skill and determination to operate a program and possibly even oversee an organization. It is the former, however, who will successfully guide an organization toward unlocking its true potential.
It just doesn’t make any sense. Mention to someone that you have a chronic condition like high cholesterol or heart disease, and they will shower you with empathy, offers of assistance, and maybe even a recipe for a healthy snack. Mention that you suffer from mental illness, and the same person is just as likely to find a quick excuse to exit the conversation.
“Mentoring is the thing that propels people to successful lives, in my opinion. It’s a great support system, it builds your self-confidence, and, more importantly, even if you’re asking for a mentor, I find -- particularly with millennials -- millennials can mentor you, too.” ~Dennis C. Miller
The strategic planning process can be one of the most exciting times for any nonprofit. New vision statements are created and the entire organization might feel a sense of new energy and excitement about the future direction of the organization.
Nonprofit boards are seeking a chief executive with transformational leadership styles. Board members previously often placed a strong emphasis on recruiting chief executives who were passionate about the mission, experienced with grant writing, program development, possessed good management and community relationship skills.
The vast majority of nonprofits have great, dedicated and committed executives and wonderful individual board members. Yet, one of the most common questions asked is “how do we create a high performing board as a whole?”
Board retreats are an excellent opportunity to think about the future of the organization, establish new goals and develop desired standards of performance. As location, location, location is to real estate, preparation, preparation, preparation is the key for ensuring a successful board retreat.
The strategic planning process can be one of the most exciting times for a nonprofit’s leader-ship and board of trustees. A new vision statement is created. A set of strategic goals, which is needed to achieve the vision, is identified.