Pivot My Nonprofit - Interview with Matt Gruhn of Marine Retailers Association

Uncategorized Sep 30, 2020

An interview with Executive Director Matt Gruhn of the Marine Retailers Association.  Matt shares his journey of leading the association as it wrestled with how to best serve its membership during the COVID pandemic. The association did this by "doubling down" on bringing the best services and information to its membership and by opening its resources up to all marine retailers.  

Great examples of leadership and organizational pivots to produce information and services that made an impact for the entire industry and MRA's membership! 

Thank you Matt for sharing your journey with us!  

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Pivot My Nonprofit - Dare to Lead: Building calm courageous leadership and agile cultures!


In this video I share the research of Brene Brown's Dare to Lead. 

For the past two years, I've been using the program to develop courageous leaders and organizational cultures to help nonprofits navigate changing realities. 

I was certified two years ago by Brene in her Dare to Lead leadership curriculum and the impact it's having on my work and my clients is tremendous, especially in these times that create so much anxiety and fear. 

I hope you'll enjoy this introduction to the four skill sets of building courage!  

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Pivot My Nonprofit - Cascading Authentic Promise Mission Statements

Uncategorized Jul 31, 2020

If an organization builds its mission statements with four consistent components, it can cascade that Authentic Promise mission statement down through the organization to teams, departments and even job descriptions. 

The mission statement components include: 

  1. Who is directly served by the organization or the department (External and internal customers)
  2. What is promised to be delivered
  3. What are the standards that are sought to be achieved
  4. How a fulfilled promise is measured. 

This builds alignment to the authentic promise of the organization, its mission, the impact the organization delivers, clears up confusion about whose role is whose, and finally, brings clarity and authority to each level and department of an organization. 

Examples are offered as to how to apply this to nonprofits and NGOs.  

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Pivot My Nonprofit - Human Centered Design Tools to Guide Pivots to Programs and Services


An introduction to an approach to human centered design for creating new or pivoting existing social impact programs and organizations. 

This video above walks you through a high level description of the value proposition and business model canvas approach and tools. 

These tools are adaptions from the brilliant book Value Proposition Design: How to create products and services customers want by Alex Osterwalder.  Here's a no-affiliate link to the book. 

You can download the tools free below!   

 Grab yours today!  

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Pivot My Nonprofit - Success of Change Formula: Preparing your organization for Change


This video introduces the concept and application of the "success of change" formula with a couple of stories of application in nonprofits and local government. 

Another concept and application presented is the idea of "Bumping and Pacing" (min 22:55). There is only so much stretch that our organization can make and we need time to recover and stabilize the changes at the new levels of performance.  

Did these concepts and applications provoke any ideas for you? An examples? 

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Pivot My Nonprofit - Engage your leadership team, staff and community and 2X your capital campaign


 Presenting a culture building application of the Authentic Promise® Leadership Action Wheel at Faith Lutheran Church led by Pastor Kevin Doely.

If you would like a free copy of the Authentic Promise Leadership Action Wheel click the link here

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