Nonprofit Management

Nonprofits that can stay afloat do so by having a viable mission statement, ethical, accountable, and transparent practices.  Additionally, successful nonprofits recruit working boards and educated staff.  They can keep up with technology and social entrepreneurs.   A nonprofits mission is at the core of why they are in business whereas the values drive how nonprofits conduct business.   Transparency, ethics, accountability must begin within the organization before they move outward. 

Leadership should be visible and accessible.   In a bottom –up management, management is treated as support and values direct staff.  In this model, management attempts to be an enabler not a restrictor.  Management treats employees as they want to be treated, leaders are willing to follow.  Supervisors provide the tools and training to the frontline employees.  They encourage, coach, and mentor staff.  A working board understands the mission of the nonprofit and acts in support of the mission.  The board works directly with the executive director and/or CEO and evaluates him or her annually.  The board will change over time and provides the nonprofit public support.  The board is a key asset when the right individuals have been recruited.  A nonprofit’sboard is usually responsible for:

  • Government reporting
  • Policy and organizational goals
  • Hiring of ED and/orCEO
  • Fiscal and personnel policies compliance
  • Nominating of other officers
  • Volunteer work

Finally, when making decisions, the nonprofit should keep the following in mind; a) does the action support the organization’s mission, b) does the action maintain focus on the organization’s priorities, and c) has adequate research been conductedKeeping the aforementioned will ensure that nonprofits keep focus on their mission and values. For more information and training go to Center for Nonprofit Management  or Blue Avacodo’s web page.

Personality, What Personality?

Have you ever wondered why you cannot get along with your coworker?  It could be that your personalities do not complement each other.  A personality test such as the Myers-Briggs Test can help you understand why you may feel awkward around others and/or places. A personality test is a set of questions designed to identify aspects of an individual’s character or psychological makeup- resulting in sixteen different personality types.

After taking the Myers-Briggs Test, I found out I am an INTP (introvert, intuitive, thinker, and perceiver). Making up about 3 to 5% of the U.S. population, INTPs are conceptual problem solvers. They tend to be quiet, detached and inwardly absorbed in analyzing problems. A primary example of this is my dislike of large crowds and public speaking. Therefore, a job that would require presenting or mingling would not be a good fit.  Based on my own experience, I was surprised at how accurate the results matched my personality, especially the pitfalls. Additionally, a personality test can provide great insight intohow individuals will react to each other.

In recent years, recruiters are turning to personality tests to find ideal candidates for job openings. So if a job requires certain characteristic and personality traits, they may use a personality test for placing individuals in the right positions. This can be an effective way of producing better workplace-relations thus increasing productivity. What is your personality type?  You can go to personalitytype.com to find out.