The first step in exponential growth? Making sure everyone in the organization is on the same page regarding mission, vision, and culture. Someone once said something about “a house divided against itself cannot stand” or something. Also true about business.
Last week we hosted a two-day working session with an environmental nonprofit organization that recently opened two new satellite locations. Our goal was to define and refine the culture that supports the organization’s critical mission as they expand into new markets.
Members of the organization participated in cultural surveys prior to our meeting, and we reviewed those results as we collaborated on a strategic plan with senior leadership. Together, we determined organizational core values and how to implement best practices moving forward that support these values and the overall mission.
As the session closed on the second day, the leadership was able to take ownership of specific behaviors and practices that, once implemented, will allow the organization to become fully aligned, both internally and externally, with their mission and strategic plan.
- Turn problems into opportunities and help each other see those opportunities (process for collaborating and evaluating obstacles)
- Hold quarterly strategy sessions focused on particular programs or issues, open to staff and board
- Post in each office a graphic of strategic plan that inspires staff to think big
- Use staff meeting time as a platform for feedback, not just monotonous reporting
- Stop using old workplace routines to plan future actions (it’s possible to reinvent the wheel)
- Clearly define and communicate roles and responsibilities before events, projects, etc.
Interested in how you can align your business strategies with a healthy culture? Contact Stevie.
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