Wednesday, February 15, 2017

What Change Should You Lead?

If you could change one thing in your organization that would make a REAL difference in the IMPACT you make, what would it be?

What do you have to lose by giving it a try???

Start by sharing your thoughts with a few people you trust to test your idea.  If others agree then get more people on board.  And then – when the timing is right – broaden your movement to more people.

The timing is not always right and sometimes it takes years of persistence to make a big change.  That is the story of Carmen Medina as told in the book she co-authored with Lois Kelly, Rebels at Work.  

Carmen had big ideas of changes she wanted to make at the CIA regarding the way information was shared.  But, especially as a Puerto Rican woman, her ideas were rebuffed.  She persevered over years, though, and made it happen.  She was a leader in creating Intellipedia – an “internal Wikipedia for intelligence agencies to share knowledge.”

How can you be sure your idea is a change you “should” lead?  It is hard to know.  This is why many years ago, renowned theologian Reinhold Neibuhr wrote this famous prayer:

God grant me the Serenity to accept the things that I cannot change
Courage to change things that I can
And Wisdom to know the difference

May you have Serenity, Courage, and Wisdom as you lead change for enhanced Mission Impact.

For more ideas on how you can lead breakthroughs in your organization, follow this blog and check out my web site at   You will find free resources you can download, including a Breakthrough Strategy Workbook that you can download at no cost.  You can also check out my book, Mission Impact:  Breakthrough Strategies for Nonprofits, and buy it if you are interested.  And you can follow Sheehan Nonprofit Consulting on Facebook.

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