Like their for profit counterpart, nonprofit teams often get stuck a few weeks or months after launching a new initiative or strategy. Staff revert to the tasks they’ve always done, and board members focus on next year’s budget, the audit, recruiting new board members, and that upcoming special event.
If this has ever happened to an organization you are a part of, our conversation today with Patty Azzarello is a great antidote to the implementation blues. Patty is founder of the Azzarello Group, which works with CEOs and leadership teams to help their businesses and people get better at what they do. She is also the best selling author of MOVE: How decisive leaders execute strategy despite obstacles, setbacks, and stalls.
Our conversation included:
(6:52) Why organization’s get “stuck” when implementing strategy
(8:35) How to overcome inertia and resistance when implementing strategy.
(14:45) Using control points to better design, implement, and measure strategy
(18:29) The importance of finding the “limping cows” in your organization
(23:30) How to appropriately resource your strategy execution
(29:40) How to manage expectations when you receive 30% or the resources necessary to produce the desired outcome.
(31:40) How to build the right team to implement your strategy
(32:50) Develop your team’s “blank sheet org chart”
(36:48) How to keep your team from turning back during strategy implementation.
(41:00) The one piece of advice Patty would give to young professionals (and not-so-young professionals, too)
The Azzarello Group
MOVE: How decisive leaders execute strategy despite obstacles, setbacks, and stalls.
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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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