A Business Must Heal Before it can Change

A Business Must Heal Before it can Change

A Business Must Heal Before it can Change

Written by Barbara Voorhees

When a nonprofit is challenged to change a bad situation, it must heal before it can move forward.

I worked with a nonprofit board that involved membership. Many members of the organization participated with good intentions toward the vision however, many personal agendas appeared to surface.

The challenge included little to no control on either side of the table. The board did not understand Robert’s Rules of Order and the membership felt they were not being heard about their concerns. It is obvious that the issues were seeded more deeply in history and a continuous roll over of the same board members. Plus, there was a challenge with respect of members and their privacy. How do you bring a situation like this under control and get everyone moving in the same direction? How do you discover the core issues, align all members and grow the organization into a healthy united community? Change can occur, if it is allowed to.

The first step is gaining trust from both sides to create a fully engaged, meaningful and productive conversation. This was accomplished through one-on-one conversations as well as group discussions. It involved setting ground rules for how the communication was executed, how it may be received and what action will be taken from the outcome of the conversation. Respect for all opinions had to be at the core of the communications.

Understanding the roles and accountability of each person in the organization, including the role and accountability of the members, was a start to moving this organization towards growth. Each step involved a process to understand the core issue, discussion to resolve and a plan to execute the results.

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