During the recession, many nonprofit organizations cut staff and resources in order to meet budgetary requirements and could not replace employees when they left. Over the past four years, we’ve seen nonprofit organizations ask staff to do more with less, and now we’re seeing an impact on morale, turnover and other areas within the organizations. Decreased staffing levels are also creating issues around internal controls—especially segregation of duties—which leads to increased risk of fraud. Many organizations haven’t taken the time to look at financial reporting processes and policy and procedures manuals to ensure that even in a period of downturn, they still will have strong internal controls and segregated staff. This inhibits their sustainability and impact. All consultant contracts begin with an organizational health assessment that is provided free with contract.
The strengths of nonprofits lies within the creativity, enthusiasm, and devotion they bring to the work. The vulnerability is that they are strained to provide the same financial and program accountability standards that business stakeholders expect and nonprofits stakeholders demand. Despite an increasingly more varied and complex world; the cause, the work, the passion must be sustained until the mission is realized. We can help find the resources, set up the systems to help adequately manage resources, employee satisfaction, and systems and processes as they should.
Its lonely at the top! Leaders who operate without some level of personal entropy are few and far between.
We all have subconscious fears that are triggered from time to time which impact our relationships, both at home and work. Learning how to identify, manage and then release these fears can be a life-long process. The best way to improve your personal mastery skills is to receive regular feedback from your boss, your peers and your subordinates. As leader these people may be the last place you seek support for a variety of reasons.
Hiring a good coach is vitally important to improving your performance and thereby the performance of your organization. The cost of such services is minimal compared to the financial benefits that accrue from the effect of improving the performance of your organization. It is important to remember that organizational transformation always begins with the personal transformation of the leaders. We start all executives with clarity of personal values, vision, and life planning.
Making money wasn’t an issue. She made plenty of money in collections and it allowed her to live very well. She drove a new jaguar that was paid for, her second car was a classic corvette, her townhouse was also paid off. Her relationships and her faith were strong and yet she felt something was missing. After a few inventories and some core values work we both concluded that the missing piece was a result of her not being responsive to her true calling. We helped with life planning, priority management, and accountability. Today she still makes her money by collections but she’s happy and living her life fulfilling her true calling. She is an ordained minister and has a successful radio program on Blogtalkradio. Hear Minister Akaiha live every Saturday at 2pm on the Real Deal Bible Study.