As a nonprofit leader, if you've ever felt the pressure to go it alone then I hope this week's question will help you explore a different (and less lonely) way to lead.
When you have a rockstar consultant doing great work for your nonprofit organization, nearing the end of your contract with him or her can be a real downer. You may be wondering, “how are we going to keep up this momentum once our consultant leaves?”
Sometimes I have to work on the weekend, and typically I’m not too stoked about it. But this upcoming weekend is a different story. On Sunday I’ll be spending the day with 27 incredible philanthropic leaders from across the country as I co-lead Exponent Philanthropy’s Coaching for Effective Philanthropy Program. During our time together, I’ll be supporting these funders to develop one skill that can transform the way they lead their foundations … Listening.
Let’s talk about what to do when things get off track with your consultant. Because let’s be honest, no consultant or consulting engagement has been, or ever will be, completely perfect. So, when you’re starting to get frustrated with your consultant, or you feel a more subtle sense of “things could be going better here,” follow these 4 simple steps to get things back on track...
When you’re working with a consultant to create transformational change - in your nonprofit and in yourself as a leader - your relationship requires deep trust, honest communications, and complete transparency. This kind of intimate relationship takes effort to create and maintain. You need to start building the foundation from the very beginning of your work together, and you can do that with this one simple step.
In the vast sea of nonprofit consultants (especially here in DC), it can be hard to find your perfect match. So once you’ve done your prep work, what’s the best way to find a great consultant to work on your project?
We are excited to debut our brand-new website and we wanted to share it with you all first! We won’t keep you from exploring the site (which we know you’re eager to do), but we do want to point out a few features we are particularly excited about before you start clicking away.
Over the next several weeks, we will be writing a series of blog posts on how you can partner effectively with consultants to advance your nonprofit’s effectiveness and impact. Tune in to get practical, step-by-step tips that will leave you, your team, and your consultant thrilled with the results that you’ve created for your organization.
Dealing with conflict can be uncomfortable and messy, which is why many leaders and teams avoid it all together. And yet engaging in conflict allows a team to explore different perspectives and achieve real commitment to the best possible answer.