Management consultant Christine Spadafor led a “Nonprofit Turnaround” session at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government on Nov. 29. Ms. Spadafor's presentation grew out of this premise:
Turning around an under-performing organization has always presented difficult strategic choices. But these challenges may become even more challenging, complex and uncertain in the Trump Era. We can’t yet know exactly how 2017 will change the nonprofit environment, but this much is undoubtedly true: Every nonprofit needs to be adaptive and responsive to the changing social, economic and political environment.
As Ms. Spadafor explained, this premise extends beyond underperforming nonprofits. She stressed than an organizational review is timely for all organizations — including for-profits, family-owned and private equity portfolio companies — whether running smoothly or in need of a "turnaround" or performance improvement.
At the Kennedy School event, participants addressed governance and leadership requirements for America's new social and political environment — as well as key approaches in “diagnosing” organizational issues that impede sustainability.
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