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Secret Weapons to Successfully Navigating Change

Nonprofit leaders are privileged to navigate change ALL the time:

  • Changes in the vision, mission, or direction of the organization

  • Changes in Board or Executive leadership

  • Changes in funding sources, regulatory compliance, and reporting requirements

  • Changes in staffing and role transitions within the organization

  • Changes in programmatic expansion, reduction, or alteration of services

Sometimes these deeply complex changes are occurring Simultaneously!


And that’s just INSIDE of your agency! That’s not counting all of the external and community-based changes that occur as well.

It can be enough to make your head spin!


My recommendation for a great, short book that will engage and energize yourself and your staff/ volunteers around successfully navigating change is the infamous Who Moved My Cheese. If you haven’t already shared this with your Team, it’s a MUST read.

It’s applicable for both our personal and professional lives and endeavors: Who Moved My Cheese: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life


Another framework that I’ve developed to help us conceptualize change management is what I call the Transition Square:



You can use this process to evaluate any change initiative(s) that your agency may undergo!


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