Get Your Board on Board: Structuring Governance Based on Organizational and Lifecycle Needs

ASU Lodestar Center

The question then turns to this: how can nonprofits structure their governance based on their organizational and lifecycle needs? Challenging as it may seem, the payoff that comes from structuring governance according to organizational and lifecycle needs is well worth the time and effort.

Teem’d: The New Collaboration Tool

SocialFish

It transforms how organizations create, collaborate, and publish social media content at the national and local levels. Our platform uses a workflow process to create a collaborative environment where users (your hand-picked team of employees!)

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Tips to Create a Culture of Collaboration and Innovation

Frogloop

Unfortunately many organizations still struggle with rigid top down management structures and teams that squash innovation and collaboration. Love it or hate it, the real-time web is forcing nonprofits to change the way they do business.

Cross-Sector Collaboration: The train to community impact

ASU Lodestar Center

Proposition 22: The normal expectation ought to be that success will be very difficult to achieve in cross-sector collaborations.” - John Bryson, et al., "The The Design and Implementation of Cross-Sector Collaborations". Collaboration is emerging as a popular vehicle to solve complicated problems that our communities face. Worse yet, they have not considered the repercussions of boarding the collaboration train.

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Better Together: What Collaboration Strategies are Necessary to Increase Nonprofit Effectiveness?

ASU Lodestar Center

However, nonprofit leaders can combine operational and programmatic strategies through collaboration to combine resources and funding in order to increase social efforts. Collaboration can also assist in creating greater accountability among nonprofit organizations.

The One-Look Virus and Immersive Environments for Teaching and Learning

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

danah boyd has a post called " On Being Virtual " (be sure to read the comments) As Kevin Gamble on the SLED list notes, what she seems to be saying is that if you look at the rise of social tech amongst young people, it's not about divorcing the physical social structures to live virtually. SL will take longer to gel into a cohesive environment that has a purpose and a following than the explosive growth experienced by WOW.

Social Edge discussion on competition and collaboration: 48 hour check in

Social Actions

Over on Social Edge , Peter's hosting a discussion about competition and collaboration. My contribution to date, with more to come: In a way I see collaboration and competition as a false dichotomy [or], more precisely, as short-hand for different ways to approach and describe a relationship or intent (working with, and working against, ARE distinct). Competition or collaboration in this environment is more than a "what's best for a particular organization here?"

5 Keys for Achieving your Organization’s Goals

Connection Cafe

Given the often unstable or unanticipated environment social change organizations are operating in, it’s paramount to be clear and dedicated to the end goal, not the various processes or steps to getting there. Accountability: Nonprofits tend to foster collaborative environments where staff are wearing many hats and are willing to pitch in to initiatives that aren’t in their job description.

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Is your software green?

Idealware

Another part of the paper problem is that it also makes sense to organize shared resources in ways that don’t require printing everything: review your shared drive organizational structure, invest in indexing software, move to a web based system that allows tagging, use a wiki. We can use the Open Source collaborative spirit and practices to elaborate a green software jobs perspective. Tags: cloud software environment tech planning

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Virtual Work, Real Success

Tech Soup Blog

BetterWorld Telecom provides services that enable and support a virtual work environment, as a donation partner with TechSoup Global. The primary organizing principle behind all the practices that our team implements is a democratic and horizontal management structure. One of the benefits of working virtually is that a results-only work environment (ROWE), naturally arises, making efficiency and clarity of focus the working norm. Regular, Structured Check-ins.

Live blogging from the 2011 Millennial Donor Summit: The Generational Divide (Panel Discussion)

Amy Sample Ward

Suzy : I know many people think the boomers like structure in the work place, we are concerned with making money – but we were the age of Aquarius! When you take on a job in a nonprofit, you’re normally doing a lot more than you signed for without a lot of structure.

How Can Nonprofits Build High-Performing Teams?

ASU Lodestar Center

With limited people and financial resources, leaders of nonprofit organizations must execute strong management styles that develop the talent of their teams, foster healthy working environments and encourage retention of valuable employees. Build a Supportive Structure.

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Three Roles of the Nonprofit CFO that Lead to Mission Success

Connection Cafe

The Builder constructs a: Sustainable financial structure that meets mission needs, goals, and aspirations over time. Work collaboratively and creatively to pursue new sources of earned revenues—government funders, foundations, events, major donors, board of directors , and individual donors.

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Humanizing your organization creates amazing results. This is how.

SocialFish

Beforehand I had taken a fairly myopic view that, regardless of structure, a focus on behavior would do the trick. Higher levels of collaboration which created new ideas, products and programs which built value around the brand and ultimately had more people joining the organization.

Salesforce, Dreamforce & Nonprofits: It always comes back to the data model

Judi Sohn

The class was structured with lessons, followed by 20 minutes or so to complete an exercise. Nonprofits typically work in a mixed environment where it has a relationship with companies, but often the relationship is solely with an individual having nothing to do with where they work.

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Live blogging from the 2011 Millennial Donor Summit: The Generational Divide (Panel Discussion)

NTEN

Suzy : I know many people think the boomers like structure in the work place, we are concerned with making money - but we were the age of Aquarius! When you take on a job in a nonprofit, you're normally doing a lot more than you signed for without a lot of structure. Wendy : If nothing else, Millennials are collaborative. I think collaboration and turning organizations inside out is the way organizations will operate in the future.

What Pokémon Go Means to the Learning Industry

Gyrus

So, how can this apply to the corporate learning environment? People can take a self-guided tour around your facilities and will think that their new employer is hip for developing such an environment for them. What Pokémon Go Means to the Learning Industry.

Getting the Most out of your Social Learning Program

Gyrus

It is important to establish a clear direction as to what you want these new structures to accomplish. Focus on ways to maximize user interaction with the learning environment. You shouldn’t be the only person contributing to your learning environment.

Mission Driven or People Driven?

SocialFish

3) Structuring around the customer, and not the product, policy, existing structures etc. To this end, AAFP assumes offers them a comprehensive continuum of services —from improving their ability to practice to re-shaping the environment in which they practice. TransforMED chose an entrepreneurial and collaborative discovery process rather than an esoteric and formal planning exercise. Is your organization mission or people driven?

The #FutureOfBusiness: Employees Will Rule

SocialFish

No longer will current organizational structures and processes survive in the current environment. This once hierarchical structure will collapse. A Culture of Collaboration Results.

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Innovation, Agility, and Social Organizations

SocialFish

They’re not designed to change directions rapidly or adjust to shifts and changes in the environment. They are experimenting with structures, processes, and behaviors that enable agility.

Mission Driven or People Driven?

SocialFish

3) Structuring around the customer, and not the product, policy, existing structures etc. To this end, AAFP assumes offers them a comprehensive continuum of services —from improving their ability to practice to re-shaping the environment in which they practice.

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The 8 Key Elements of a Federated Buying Agreement

Connection Cafe

This is a prudent collaboration since a viable deal structure requires all three to remain ‘whole’ for the lifetime of a purchasing arrangement. Keep in mind that this agreement structure is relevant for a range of selections and choices in each area. In the “ Who buys? Who pays?

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70:20:10: Aligning Learning Needs with Business Process

Gyrus

Measuring the effectiveness of current offerings is vital in any learning environment. Finally, do not be afraid of employing the utilization of new elements within your learning environment. Aligning Learning Needs with Business Process.

Change Happens. Are you ready?

SocialFish

These boards are going to have to up-their-game if they are to help their organization successfully develop in a changing environment.”. It’s also about creativity, transparency, collaboration and buy-in – it’s a team effort. Guest post by Stuart Easton.

The #FutureOfBusiness Is Social: Adapt Or Die

SocialFish

The old-dog new trick syndrome comes at a cost, especially in an environment that is constantly evolving. This cannot work within the current structure. This will be enabled by collaboration systems, improved listening and messaging technology.

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When Flexibility Becomes an Operating Principle: Lessons from a Nonprofit

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

These opportunities can range from small tasks to extended projects but they all result in enhancements or improvements to open source software being actively used to address social issues such as education, environment, health, and poverty alleviation.

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Leading from the Outside-In

SocialFish

New, supple, lean, for-profit competitors that have re-invented the stale, dues-for-benefits membership concept as collaborative communities are rapidly encroaching in what was and could be association territory. Collaborative Discovery.

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How To Get Engagement in Your Online Education

SocialFish

Session leaders need to engage their audiences by understanding and using the selected platform’s collaboration tools. Skilled facilitators structure their sessions to include thought-provoking questions; chat enables sharing of responses.

The Enemy of Engagement In The Workplace

Eric Jacobsen Blog

" Frustration in the workplace is a silent killer," claim authors Mark Royal and Tom Agnew in their terrific book, The Enemy of Engagement. Further, "in an organizational context, frustration is not as simple as failing to get something you want.

How can we prepare organizational leaders to work in a networked world?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The formal organization is represented by the (usually) hierarchical organization structure. The links, or ties, in these structures are reporting relationships. Formal structures are essential for processes and tasks that require discipline, measurement, and decision-making.

Announcing the 21st Century Nonprofit Program

SocialFish

Our organizations often struggle to be nimble and agile in today’s changing environment, or to stay focused and on target in our program implementation, or to effectively engage employees, funders, and stakeholders in the process. Nonprofits are changing the world. It’s what we do.

Human Motivation: The Forgotten Element in Our Theories and Practices

SocialFish

Relationships : in creating a motivating and empowering work environment and culture, organizations must go beyond considerations of efficient processes to consider the importance of relationships in human motivation.

Benetech’s Framework for Developing New Social Enterprises

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I was delighted when Ron Schultz invited me to collaborate with him on his latest book Creating Good Work – The World’s Leading Social Entrepreneurs Show How to Build a Healthy Economy. Our lower cost model allowed us to invert the power structure.

How To Enable Your Employees

Eric Jacobsen Blog

" Frustration in the workplace is a silent killer," claim authors Mark Royal and Tom Agnew in their terrific book, The Enemy of Engagement. Further, "in an organizational context, frustration is not as simple as failing to get something you want.

Does Associations’ Governance Lock them into its Own “Culture Of Reverence?”

SocialFish

It connotes a community with a strong sense of identity; one that can differentiate between good and evil, sacred and profane rather than live in indifference and in an environment in which everything is leveled into an amoral and dull uniformity.

How do you make ideas?

John Haydon

Using structure to facilitate ideas: Mind mapping: I do a lot of collaborative mind-mapping with my clients. Instead of brainstorming in the same old office, put yourself in an environment that breeds inspiration.

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Year Three as a Museum Director. Thrived.

Museum 2.0

We talk a lot at our museum about empowering our visitors, collaborators, interns, and staff by making space for them to shine. I''ve never worked in such a supportive, energized, active environment.

The New Beta Way To Lead

Eric Jacobsen Blog

In her new book, The Fall of the Alphas: The New Beta Way to Connect, Collaborate, Influence – And Lead , she shows why the Beta model is the key to both business and career success. The more collaborative opportunities a business offers, the more employees will feel a sense of ownership.

To Scale or Not to Scale: What Should Nonprofits Consider Before Deciding to Expand a Program for Greater Impact?

ASU Lodestar Center

For nonprofits seeking to expand their programs, careful analysis of self and environment are crucial. Keep in mind that many of the most complex and intractable social issues that nonprofits face can only be effectively addressed by collective impact, via collaboration among organizations or even across sectors. Organizations should examine their own structure and capacity. posted by Alisa Partlan Graduate Alumna, ASU Master of Nonprofit Leadership & Management.

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Are Businesses Ready for True Reinvention?

SocialFish

Whether we are early adopters of technology that enable and encourage us to be more connected, more collaborative, adapt to change and be more open to possibilities, these things that exist in our current environment are what we want or expect will translate to our work environment.

On de Cagna’s “Architecture of Participation”

SocialFish

He describes the definition of "architecture of participation" as “the collaborative design of pathways for meaningful engagement in and substantive contribution to the association’s work”, and goes on to suggest six design principles for association professionals to follow in order to be able to experiment with creating these pathways. I can't believe I didn't notice this interesting post until now. In it, Jeff de Cagna writes about the architecture of participation.

How To Enable Employees

Eric Jacobsen Blog

" Frustration in the workplace is a silent killer," claim authors Mark Royal and Tom Agnew in their terrific book, The Enemy of Engagement. Further, "in an organizational context, frustration is not as simple as failing to get something you want.