Topic: Change Management

Professional Development that Is Different by Design

July 20, 2015
I have always found conferences to be both the most exciting and a somewhat puzzling part of my professional development throughout the years. The chance to get out of “the norm” of my day-to-day work at my organization is always refreshing, as a chance to gain renewed perspective. For many years, I also found that I often had a few spark or “aha” moments at each conference. Sadly, they didn’t always have the staying power to significantly impact my work.

Getting Strategic about Digital Transformation in the Nonprofit Sector

July 14, 2015
Today, I’m hugely excited because we’ve started to come to terms with digital transformation in a big way. I lead NPC’s think tank work, and we’ve recently kicked off the first phase of a program that aims to accelerate the adoption of digital technologies in the social sector. That’s what I’ll be at the 15LCS to explore, refine, and develop with like-minded colleagues from the US and beyond.

Why a Culture of High Performance Must be Your Priority

June 17, 2015
Many nonprofit leaders incorrectly perceive efforts to achieve high-performance cultures and taking a data-driven approach as luxuries they cannot afford.

Our Hiring Practices Are Inequitable and Need To Change

May 22, 2015
We have been relying heavily on the for-profit world’s hiring model, which has not been aligned with our sector-wide values of equity and community. It leaves out too many good people, and it is time that we as a field examine and change how we hire people.

Adoption Is Integral to Your Tech Project Success: Highlights from #15NTCtechadopt

March 24, 2015
It happens to us all… we get excited about a new technology solution and forget what it may take for our organization to make the most of it. Unfortunately, without careful attention to system adoption, your solution can be doomed to sit unused, even if its functionality is wonderful! The good news: there are tried-and-true methods to plan for successful user adoption and, ultimately, a culture that embraces technology at your organization.

When and How to Communicate a Technology Rollout Plan

March 16, 2015
New technology often brings with it a sense of optimism. Perhaps information will be centralized, communication easier, time and money saved, or mundane tasks automated. But a few months later, data quality hasn’t improved, processes remain inefficient and only half your staff is using the product.

The Impact of the Oregon Nonprofit Technology Readiness Program: Taylor Smith

March 15, 2015

Last year, NTEN launched the first cohort for the Oregon Nonprofit Tech Readiness (ONTR) program. You may find yourself asking questions like, “Who participates in this program with a mix of online and offline learning and what did it mean for them?” We want to introduce you to Taylor Smith, Technical Services Manager for the Oregon Food Bank to share his answers to these questions and a few more.

Have You Ever Tried Changing the Tires While Driving the Car?

January 16, 2015
Today we are all navigating our way through massive change. Not only are the tools and technologies evolving everyday, but the impact on society (and thus the implications for nonprofit leadership) are going through their own upheaval. If only we had the luxury to pull over by the side of the road and pause for a moment while we got everything in order!

How and Where to Get Started with Business Intelligence

January 12, 2015
Infographics and data visualizations are everywhere. Your board and colleagues are sending you articles with charts and recommending you do things based on a tweet and a cool graph. Like everyone, you like these sparkly visualizations, but you hesitate to make changes to your organization based on a few interactive circle graphs. What can you do and how will this add value?

Guaranteeing Successful New Technology Adoption

January 2, 2015
So, you’ve decided to move to a technology-based solution that enables your staff and volunteers to reach the next level of excellence in nonprofit service delivery and management. Congratulations!