NGO managers and leaders need to convene at times for strategic deep dives to survey the future, consider choices, decide on change agendas, or re-evaluate past efforts. Skillful facilitation by somebody who has sector-level perspective, knows peer experiences, understands leadership perspectives, and can highlight potential blind spots is crucial for success of this type of exercise.
Translating an anti-racist organizational commitment into practice
A client organization had publicly stated a commitment on anti-racism after the murder of George Floyd and other African-American persons in the US in 2020. But how to put this commitment into practice?
Helping NGO leaders understand big challenges to their sector’s effectiveness, relevance and legitimacy
It can be hard for NGO staff and leaders to develop a bird’s eye perspective towards how the sector is perceived and where it has to renew its relevance
Managing a shift in the paradigm
A mid-size NGO which was undergoing a major paradigm shift, including new ways of working, needed to articulate its 10 year strategy framework and negotiate this between the board and the extended leadership team which in the recent past had drifted into less than helpful dynamics
Providing thought leadership to ensure the future-fitness of ‘influencing’ NGOs
An NGO well known for its ‘influencing’ work felt the need to forecast for itself, and for its peer influencing-type NGOs, whether and how it could remain relevant and legitimate well into the future.
Helping NGOs look change right in the eye
An influential NGO, which is undergoing big disruptions and faces a wrenching need for change, needed to hear a frank and well-respected, external sector-level voice as speaker for its organization-wide staff. In a similar vein, an association of INGOs needed to provide timely content relevant to its members in their need to grapple with the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic
Testing a competency model
A major human rights NGO was revising its behavioral competencies based on worrisome findings coming from several staff engagement surveys. It needed its group of senior managers and leaders to validate the proposed competencies during a Management Team gathering.