Culture develops organically, and it can be based on power, personality and politics if you aren’t paying attention to the culture you are building.
This episode focuses on building a culture that supports and nurtures the people in your organization. We speak with McKenzie Wren, the Chief Engagement Officer of Wren Consulting. She helps organizations build and manage teams by creating a culture on purpose. Today, McKenzie explains the importance of building a culture of understanding, mutualism, and positive energy. Specifically, she:
McKenzie’s website: www.wrenconsulting.net
McKenzie’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/cultureonpurpose
McKenzie’s “Seven Steps to Build Community Today”: http://www.wrenconsulting.net/services/
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(3:02) McKenzie defines a “culture on purpose”
(5:32) Authentic inclusion: an attempt to make an environment for yourself and organization
(6:15) A primer: the difference between diversity and inclusion
(9:28) Why culture on purpose is important for teams
(12:20) Discussing positions: McKenzie’s tactic for building culture
(14:00) Creating a culture on purpose while minding HR rules
(17:48)- Finding Professional Development: handling disciplinary issues
(19:18) Collaboration: a tool for inclusion
(21:00) Check-ins and agendas: tools for inclusion
(24:01) McKenzie explains Theory U and the Presencing You
(26:01) Rules of Engagement: agreements of how to talk and listen to one another for a better culture
(30:00) McKenzie shares tips for remaining calm and centered during the Trump Presidency
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About the Host:
Most of us dream of taking extended breaks or sabbaticals to balance work and personal life. While charities rarely offer sabbaticals to every staff member, sabbaticals for all might build the vim and vigor your staff and organization need.
We talk to Marvin Webb, Director of Finance and Administration at Funders for LGBTQ Issues in New York City. Marvin shares:
Marvin’s Side gig: www.linkedin.com/in/marvinlwebb/
Funders for LGBTQ Issues: https://www.lgbtfunders.org/
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(1:45) How Funders for LGBTQ came to offer sabbaticals for all staff members
(5:30) The frequency and conditions of using sabbaticals
(9:55) Why you must “champion” a good idea to get it approved
(11:20) How staff inclusion in sabbaticals and strategic planning improves your team’s ethic
(13:45) Remodeling: Marvin shares what he did on his sabbatical
(15:45) The Jersey Shore: Marvin shares where he went on his sabbatical
(17:00) Going with the Flow: the attitude you should embrace on your sabbatical
(20:15) Returning to work when the sabbatical ends
(22:15) How to keep in contact with your job while on sabbatical
(23:45) How sabbaticals enhance and support succession planning
(25:00) Marvin’s side gig: consulting nonprofits and startups on how to organize their offices
(28:15) How Marvin compartmentalizes his side gigs and jobs.
(30:15) Complications your nonprofit may have with executing verbal commitments and strategic planning
(32:15) Long-term goal and budget: determinants you should consider for your strategic plan
(34:45) Marvin shares his life as a “power commuter”
About Successful Nonprofits Podcast Host Dolph Goldenburg
Dolph is recognized as a high performance leader in the nonprofit sector who served as a nonprofit CEO for a dozen years and a fundraiser for an additional ten years. Author of the book Successful Nonprofits Build Supercharged Boards, Goldenburg also founded a boutique consulting firm based in Atlanta.
His multi-state consulting practice provides interim executive transition, strategic planning, and organizational development services. The Goldenburg Group's clients have annual operating budgets ranging from $25,000 to over $25 million deployed in the areas of housing, education, civil rights, arts and culture, workforce development, health services, and community-based services.
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Whether you are a veteran, active duty, or never served in the military, this episode has something for every nonprofit professional. Those who never served will enjoy a crash course in military leadership and explore possible biases about veterans as employees (or bosses). Veterans and active duty listeners will gain valuable insight about transitioning into the nonprofit sector.
More than 100,000 Americans leave the military every year, and they represent a broad swathe of Americans. Some made a career of military service, rising through the ranks. Others served a just a few years and left for civilian life. But all of them left with the benefits from military: leadership skills, occupation training, and physical fitness.
When most people transition to civilian life, they have to look for meaningful work – often for the first time in their adult life. While the transition can be daunting, veterans wanting to work in the nonprofit sector offer a lot of transferable skills, as well as a few unique challenges.
This week on the podcast, we spoke with Retired Colonel Lora L. Tucker. Lora enlisted in the Army as a young person and was quickly identified for Officer Candidate School. Her military career spanned interesting and challenging assignments, and she retired with a strong desire to use her talents in the nonprofit sector.
She successfully transitioned into nonprofit leadership, and has served as CEO of two different nonprofits. Currently the CEO of CenterLink, a national organization for LGBTQ Centers, Lora shared her thoughts and strategies for a successful transition for those leaving the military.
Our conversation included a deep dive on building organizational culture and leadership to help nonprofits thrive.
You can reach Lora at CenterLink: www.lgbtcenters.org
(4:39): How Lora decided to join the military
(6:00): A brief description of Lora’s military training (basic training, air traffic control school, OCS, air assault course, etc).
(9:03) Lora’s leadership journey as an officer in the military
(11:17): The importance of looking for leadership opportunities opportunity and being willing to ask for the chance to lead
(15:55): The importance of mentors at all levels of an organization
(16:38): Why veterans would consider the nonprofit sector instead of working with the government or a for profit company
(17:35): How Lora transitioned into the nonprofit sector
(18:30): Learning how to look for a job (because career military don’t need to have this skill)
(19:00): The bias that veterans often face when looking for work in the nonprofit sector.
(21:20): The transition training that comes with the military offers to those leaving the service
(23:35): The deep dive on building a nonprofit culture embodying the virtues of selfless service, duty, and loyalty (if your organization culture doesn’t already reflect these virtues).
(37:75): Advice Lora would give to her active-duty self
(39:30): Advice to CEO’s and board chairs about recruiting and onboarding veterans
(40:05): How your organization can adapt and grow in a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world.
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Featured Conversation With Clarence Patton
Many nonprofits are seeking opportunities to create more inclusive and diverse boards and staff, and Clarence Patton is an expert in this area. He serves as the Director of the LGBT Pipeline Project and its Pipeline Consulting affiliate program.
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Article of the Week With Leanne Rubenstein
Leanne Rubenstein, Executive Director of Compassionate Atlanta and a Consultant with The Goldenburg Group, presents the article of the week: A Day in the Life of an Executive Director by Joan Garry.
We discussed how this article accurately depicted life as an executive director: starting your day early, ending it late, having lots of meetings, and experiencing both emotional highs and lows. The article also drives home the importance of self-care for executive directors, as well as a commitment to continued growth and change.
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