What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.~T.S. Eliot
The top member of your organization is leaving. The process of change has begun. One phase in your organizational history is closing.
Endings can’t be avoided, but confusion and distress can.
Your organization is desperately trying to bridge that critical transition gap- the departure of a leader and the identification of their successor. You are worried about losing focus, donors, and staff during what can be a difficult, painful and confusing time. This Wednesday Wisdom is all about critical steps to help make the transition of losing your founder easier.
What you should look for in an interim ED
- Steady, unifying and optimistic presence in time of transition
- Experience in all areas of nonprofit management including succession planning
- Extremely comfortable and clear when managing in an emotionally charged environment
- Extensive understanding of fundraising and donor relations
- Knowledge of nonprofit reporting requirements and other relevant legal issues
- Understanding of change management dynamics and years of experience working with staff/board/donors/media/community stakeholders during transitions
- Strong communication and presentation skills
- Technological competence
- Highly effective in all aspects of board governance
Creating a succession plan is one of the best things you can do for your org!
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