The Good News Is Your Nonprofit Achieved 100% Accuracy on Your Reporting. The Bad News Is You Have Been Measuring the Wrong Things.

Business leader and philanthropist Bill Gates said, “I have been struck again and again by how important measurement is to improving the human condition.” Thought provoking, isn’t it? I wonder what questions the founder of the largest software company and largest private foundation in the world would ask your nonprofit (or the one you fund)? … Continue Reading

What Gets Measured in All Six Areas of Nonprofit Operations Ultimately Determines What Gets Accomplished and How Much Funding You Receive

All nonprofits want to operate effectively and efficiently. Most do not. According to the Harvard Business Review, 94% of all managers assume that they are operating above operational competency. They are not.  Given its systemic nature, this must be an extremely difficult problem to solve. It is not. What Gets Measured Gets Managed The complete … Continue Reading

Why Your Nonprofit May Be Operating Below Operational Competence Levels (Part 2)

The Importance of Leadership The best nonprofit leaders understand that a good strategy and a healthy culture ultimately control the level of operational competence your organization will achieve. Strategy decides your flight plan for organizational effectiveness, impact, and sustainability by intentionally mobilizing people, allocating resources, and implementing systems to arrive at a predetermined destination. Culture … Continue Reading

Why Nonprofit Leaders Should Not Stop Talking About Best Practices

Nonprofit leaders share an instinct to maintain the minimum standard of operational competency in their respective areas of responsibility. In short, this is the common survival mechanism that allows our leaders to serve another day. When a drop in operational competency occurs anywhere within a nonprofit, the leader responsible experiences an immediate and unpleasant response … Continue Reading