How to Justify Change in a Stagnant Organization

A current keeps the lifeblood of your organization flowing. But some organizations (especially those which are more established) can easily fall into certain patterns that become difficult to change. Even if they aren’t the best practices.

And as the title suggests, if something is stagnant it’s not moving anywhere. But how can you entirely tell if your organization or a component of your organization has become stagnant? It’s not always simple.

Eugene Fram of the Huffington Post suggests that the process toward a transformative change is slow, frustrating and even messy. We would have to agree. So how do you know if it’s time?

Fram suggests the following:

  • You’re receiving inadequate outcomes.
    That means you have to be measuring the success of your projects, events, etc.

  • There’s poor morale on board, staff and/or management.
    How will you know if they’re unhappy? Ask! It’s that simple. Continually do surveys to see if you can make changes that will increase morale.

  • There’s a lack of progress coming from director micromanagement.
    Again, lack of progress indicates that it’s time for a change. Plus, micromanagement works in some cases, but you might also benefit from allowing more freedom.

If you’re thinking about making a transformative change at your nonprofit organization, check out the entirety of Fram’s article by clicking the link below.

When Should Nonprofits Consider Making a Transformative Change? [Huffington Post]


Lyndsey Hrabik

Lyndsey is a former editor for Nonprofit Hub and Nonprofit Hub Magazine. She now serves as a guest contributor, writing on topics such as social media, technology, marketing and starting a nonprofit.

December 9, 2014

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