“Change before you have to.” Jack Welch
Since change is a constant condition in the world, healthy organizations adapt, and they do it early and often. However, it is almost always easier for non-profit directors to agree to the status quo than to lead an organization to serious change. We have a suggestion.
1. Buy copies of the book, The Tyranny of Dead Ideas: Letting Go of the Old Ways of Thinking to Unleash a New Prosperity, by Matt Miller, for your board members and senior staff – or read it yourself and present the ideas to your board. Targeted at business leaders, the book suggests commonly held ideas about the U.S. economy and societal values which are no longer true or relevant. He challenges leaders to think with open minds about the future and position their organizations accordingly.
2. Challenge the leaders of your organization to offer at least one ‘dead’ idea pertaining to your non-profit and one change they anticipate.
3. Moderate a discussion of each ‘new idea’. Identify dead ideas that matter. Go back to your list of Opportunities and Threats, Strengths and Weaknesses.
4. Create a list of “Destined Ideas” – the new ways of looking at your organization and the world around it, which will inform future decision making.
Failure to adapt to new ideas puts any organization on the path to irrelevance. Free yourself from the tyranny to help your non-profit thrive.