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Institute for Transformational Nonprofit Leadership Certificate

The Importance of DCM Associates’ Institute for Transformational Nonprofit Leadership Certificate

REWARD, RECOGNIZE, RETAIN AND DEVELOP YOUR NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP TEAM

This transformational nonprofit leadership executive training program is intended for current CEO/Executive Directors, Executive Leadership team members and those emerging leaders who hope to become a CEO in the future. This program includes seven courses taught by nationally recognized nonprofit leadership executives, coaches, authors, and search consultants virtually over a three-month period in the Fall and Spring.

Each of the seven courses have two components: a one-hour recorded session that you can take at your own convenience from your office, home or mobile app, and a live interactive 90 minute session scheduled by each presenter enabling ample time to address each of the discussed topics discussed and answer any and all questions you may have.

Upon completion of the seven courses all registrants will receive the DCM Institute for Transformational Nonprofit Leadership Certificate

* Registration for our Spring Certificate Programs will become available in January 2023 *

Session Descriptions and Course Learning Objectives:

Session One: THE FOUR PILLARS OF SUCCESSFUL NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP

Instructor: Dennis C. Miller

Based on the author’s book, A Guide to Achieving New Heights: The Four Pillars of Successful Nonprofit Leadership, this presentation will address the important key competencies and skills required for every nonprofit leader to be successful. The four pillars are building relationships with internal and external stakeholders based on trust, respect and credibility; being passionate for your mission including the ability to communicate your organization’s success (your Nonprofit Stock Price); creating your vision to inspire enthusiasm and encourage commitment to achieve your organization’s strategic goals; and to be able to sustain your mission by understanding that nonprofit is your tax- status not your business plan.

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn how to create a road map to building a successful organization
  • To learn to evaluate and develop a personal leadership development plan for improvement
  • To provide a sense of hope, courage and motivation to achieve better results
  • To enable you to approach your work with passion, high energy and a positive attitude

Session Two: TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP COMPETENCIES NEEDED BY TODAY & TOMORROW’S LEADERS

Instructor: Dr. Yvonne Styles

In today’s global marketplace, the idea of diversity is more than a buzz work. It is now a valued commodity—so valued that when Fortune magazine names the top 100 companies, it includes a designation for minority workers every year. To be successful in the non-profit sector, leaders will need to become expert at managing a dynamic shift in workplace norms and an evolving and diverse workforce. Retention of high performing staff in the great resignation era will rely on the strength of your organizational culture and leadership. This course will explore leadership from a wide lens, understanding how this role is evolving and identifying what transformational leadership entails.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to incorporate the values of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging into your workforce culture
  • Create an organization-wide plan to learn how to develop transformational leaders within your organization
  • Learn how to create a culture of continuous learning and development

Session Three: FINDING YOUR NORTH STAR: STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR NONPROFIT TEAMS

Instructor: Gregory Nielsen

Nonprofit leaders and board members face countless challenges, and strategic planning can sometimes seem like a daunting undertaking. There is hope, and a path to a far more energizing and effective plan. This interactive course takes the fear out of strategic planning and shares with you the value of a systematic, proven approach to strategic planning. Join us as we discuss the value of developing a culture of planning while understanding the components of an effective, inclusive planning process. We will also explore ways to manage the critical inflection point of translating vision into reality by seamlessly moving from planning to implementation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Value of developing a culture of planning to propel mission
  • Components of an effective, inclusive planning process
  • Managing the critical inflection point of transitioning from planning to implementation

Session Four: LEARNING FROM ADVERSITY

Instructor: Dr. Jim McGuirk

Most companies face unexpected shifts that upend their plans and threaten the business’s survival. In the face of accelerating changes, disrupting technologies, industries, and communities, successful organizations pivot, when necessary, focus on their core values, and zero in on the needs of their customers and staff. Mistakes and missteps are inevitable, but successful companies learn quickly from these mistakes and even turn them into sources of strength and power. This course will help you create the culture required to turn failures into learning opportunities and improve competitiveness, organizational health, and the bottom line.

Learning Objectives:

  • Create a company vision that becomes your foundation for future success
  • Learn four tools to create a corporate culture that will serve as a model in your industry
  • Learn five strategies that engage and empower staff, building a learning organization that embraces failures and turns mistakes into growth opportunities
  • Learn four tools that improve efficiency and overall quality of products or service

Session Five: TRUST COMES FIRST: THE LEADER’S ROLE IN A CHANGING PHILANTHROPIC LANDSCAPE

Instructor: Jason Smith, CFRE

Today’s donors are asking more than ever before of the leaders, causes and organizations they support, and the role of C-Suite executives in raising vital funds has never been more important. Fundraising at its best is equal parts science and art, and contemporary best-practices can absolutely be learned. In a changing philanthropic landscape, we’ll explore how to foster deeper relationships more quickly, tell more human-centered stories and better engage board members and potential major funders in making your vision for a brighter future of your organization a reality.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand today’s changing charitable landscape and a few of the trends that now inform donor-behaviors
  • Understand today’s changing charitable landscape and a few of the trends that now inform donor-behaviors
  • Learn and practice how, together with board leaders and other team members, to engage potential donors differently to build confidence and trust and raise vital funds at the same time more quickly

Session Six: THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK/ACT

Instructor: Dr. Terrance Cahill

While the directive “Think before you speak/act” is most often associated with a child or teen, it surprisingly has its importance for leaders too. Leaders, particularly senior leaders, have significant business and life experiences that they utilize to inform their actions. While this is usually considered advantageous, it can be a problem. Today’s fast changing environment may require new thinking, but the leader’s mindsets were developed from past experiences. Plus, those mindsets can influence a leader’s actions in an automatic-thinking way without the leader’s awareness. This session will explore mindsets that support effective leadership in today’s complex business environment vs mindsets that hinder a leader’s effectiveness.

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about our mindsets
  • To identify the mindsets that distinguish the best leaders
  • To identify mindsets that hinder leadership effectiveness
  • To create a self-awareness plan aimed at recognizing our mindsets and developing new ones

Session Seven: THE POWER OF STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT: HOW TO ENERGIZE YOUR LEADERSHIP TEAM AND ACHIEVE YOUR ORGANIZATION’S TRUE POTENTIAL

Instructor: Dennis C. Miller

This presentation, based upon the author’s book, The Power of Strategic Alignment, will provide an inspirational and educational view on how to unlock the leadership potential of chief executives, board members and those who aspire to leadership positions in the nonprofit sector. Though most nonprofit organizations have great causes and dedicated professionals, far too many continue to spend an inordinate amount of time and energy without the results and successes they hoped to achieve. Regardless of their purposeful missions and great causes, many struggle to fully engage their boards and stakeholders and fail to develop the final resources they need to sustain themselves. The concept of Strategic Alignment includes the key steps necessary to go beyond the traditional strategic planning process to achieve long-term success. This innovative concept refers to the process of aligning all stakeholders to be focused and committed to achieving one goal: the organization’s vision.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn a new way to embark on a more effective strategic planning process to build organizational capacity
  • To provide hope, courage and motivation to achieve dramatically better results for your organization
  • To provide a greater sense of purpose and self-confidence to empower you to feel more hopeful and passionate about the work you do
  • Be able to approach your work with a higher level of energy and a positive attitude knowing the best practices of others and how to implement them
Dennis C. Miller