Imagine a volunteer workforce that really knew what it was getting into when it signed up, where their routine behaviors were carefully aligned with what drives the results of the whole organization, and where their experience as volunteers actually matched what they were promised as they were recruited. Suddenly the traditional staff versus volunteer battles would go away, because you’d all clearly be part of the same culture.
Get clear on what your culture REALLY is. Not what the CEO says it is. Not what you think it should be ideally. Not a list of lofty core values that people don’t remember. Get clear on what it’s really like to work there, on a daily basis, at all levels.
The fact that we as a community are evolving this slowly in this day and age is simply unacceptable.
So you know how I define a good nonprofit culture? One that values the behaviors and approaches that make it the most successful. And what drives your success as a nonprofit will depend on your context, your market, your cause, and your goals.
#CultureChat – Last Thursday of each month at 1 pm ET. Be there!
I think it’s critical for the associations who want to succeed to take culture more seriously, so I wanted an outlet where I could dive deep into that topic and start to make it happen.
If there was a blueprint for a culture that both enables high performance AND makes sense to Millennials, wouldn’t you want it?
There’s research and theory behind generational differences, and it’s worth knowing about.