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"Non-profits are prone to
facing resistance to change, or
griping about conditions without
addressing the issues, and these
prevent the organization from
growing and developing - in other
words, preventing traction."
organization. Other processes may be totally unique to that
organization. Those still interact with other processes and the
points of interaction should be made very clear in order to
avoid confusion and a waste of effort.

Traction
Nonprofits are prone to facing resistance to change, or griping
about conditions without addressing the issues, and these
prevent the organization from growing and developing - in
other words, preventing traction. Excuses such as "we tried
that before and it didn't work" or "the volunteers won't like it"
or "no one tells us what's going on" indicate an organizational
environment that is not optimal.
Staff and volunteers have an enormous amount of ownership
and commitment to the mission of the organization. This
generates a lot of positive energy but may also lead to
idealizing what the work environment should be and espousing
a view that everyone should be involved in making every
decision. This leads to organizational paralysis. Creating
an organizational culture that emphasizes openness and
communication, focuses on "the big stuff" (top priorities), and
encourages innovation will lead to traction.

Putting It All Together
Having spent much of our time in the commercial business
world, we are constantly amazed at the level of leadership
seen and required in caused-based and membership-based
organizations. We live in a world of shifting sands. What
motivates our donors, members, and volunteers is ever
changing. The needs of those we serve is in flux. We cannot
assume that the reality we believe is the reality of our current
environment.
Always be ready to make the changes necessary to adapt.
Revise your vision. Assess and develop your people. Address
your issues. Document your processes. Track your data. Develop
your "rock" plans and implement them. Own your passion and
develop traction. z
This article was co-authored by Linda Stinson of RLS
Focused Solutions, Sandy Mitchell of Idimensions, and
Bob Stinson of RLS Focused Solutions. For more
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call 910.575.1286, or email bob@plangoals.com or
linda@plangoals.com.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Success by Association - May/June 2017

How To Help Your Managers (or You) Resolve Conflict in the Workplace
Core4 Principles to Demonstrate Member Value
Annual Meeting Preview
What To Do in Winston-Salem
Annual Meeting Registration Form
You’ll Lobby for Me Whether or Not I Join!
What Are You Bringing to the Table?
President’s Message
Event Calendar
Buyers’ Guide
Member Updates
Advertiser Index
Young Leader Profile
Advertiser Showcase
Executive Director’s Message
Success by Association - May/June 2017 - Intro
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Success by Association - May/June 2017 - President’s Message
Success by Association - May/June 2017 - Event Calendar
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Success by Association - May/June 2017 - How To Help Your Managers (or You) Resolve Conflict in the Workplace
Success by Association - May/June 2017 - Core4 Principles to Demonstrate Member Value
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Success by Association - May/June 2017 - Annual Meeting Preview
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Success by Association - May/June 2017 - What To Do in Winston-Salem
Success by Association - May/June 2017 - Annual Meeting Registration Form
Success by Association - May/June 2017 - You’ll Lobby for Me Whether or Not I Join!
Success by Association - May/June 2017 - Buyers’ Guide
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Success by Association - May/June 2017 - What Are You Bringing to the Table?
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Success by Association - May/June 2017 - Young Leader Profile
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Success by Association - May/June 2017 - Executive Director’s Message
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