Over the years you've had mentors who have guided you through major changes in your life. Has anyone explained to you how to manage the life-stages of a nonprofit organization?
In the book, Seven Turning Points, organizational consultant Susan Gross explains how leaders can improve the performance of their organizations by understanding and addressing the problems that may arise during these key transition periods:
1) getting organized
2) building infrastructure
3) letting go of day-to-day management
4) focusing on core work
5) decentralizing power
6) integrating programs
7) planning for succession
For each stage, Gross describes the warning signs, actions leaders can take, and the challenges and tensions that need to be dealt with.
If your nonprofit is struggling with change, explore some of the tips in Seven Turning Points: Leading through Pivotal Transition in Organizational Life (Fieldstone Alliance, 2009).
Navigating the Organizational Lifecycle: A Capacity-Building Guide for Nonprofit Leaders by Paul M. Connolly
Nonprofit Lifecycles: Stage-Based Wisdom for Nonprofit Capacity by Susan Kenny Stevens