How can you work with your board, donors, staff and other stakeholders to introduce significant change without alienating long-term supporters? How can you shift from seemingly endless consultative processes towards action and results? How do you ensure that new visions for your organization honour the past, but are not constrained by it? For example, in the corporate world, turnarounds are often achieved by hiring a new leader, firing staff, and changing the board. Here are the five good ideas that can help social purpose organizations take practical action to achieve meaningful organizational change. Paul Davidson has held leadership positions in the public, private and voluntary sectors. He shares his experience and lessons learned from leading turnarounds in each sphere.
Five Good Resources:
- Between the Breaks… Live!, a recording by Stan Rogers, 1979 Fogarty’s Cove Music, especially The Mary Ellen Carter for its sheer grit and determination.
- My Final Hour, an essay by Margaret Laurence, found in Canadian Literature, Issue No. 100 ed. W. H New, Spring 1984. For its passion, urgency and integrity.
- New Year’s Day Address on Assuming the Presidency speech by Vaclav Havel found in Lend Me Your Ears, ed. William Safire, WW Norton & Company, 1992 New York.
- The Cult of Efficiency, Janice Gross Stein, House of Anansi Press, 2001, Toronto.
- Getting to Maybe; How the World Is Changed, by Frances Westley , Brenda Zimmerman and Michael Patton , Random House of Canada, 2006 Toronto.