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
Helping NGO leaders understand big challenges to their sector’s effectiveness, relevance and legitimacy
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
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.