Advancing mission-driven ventures, whether for profit or nonprofit, is first and foremost a comprehensive entrepreneurial journey.
Now more than ever, all eyes are on how well an organization is performing its duties and fulfilling its promises to its stakeholders. As a member of the board of directors, you are the champion of your organization. It is ultimately up to you and your peers to steer the ship on the right course, practice continuous trust building, and sustain a culture of growth, learning and accountability within your board and organization.
In today’s world where there will be a rush of new funding, new programs, and policies in response to Covid and focus on social justice, entrepreneurs and organizations would benefit by making elected officials and government entities whether at local, state, and national level a priority.
When it comes to increasing your impact, curiosity and listening as a constant practice are as important as applying any other skills, strategies, and practices in your work. In fact, Robert Perez, Founder and Chief Exploration Officer at Wonder for Good, would argue that for changemakers being curious about their audiences is a necessary step to identifying new strategies or refining existing ones to advance mission-driven work.
Aside from the typical ones related to good governance, there is no question that it is imperative for the Board to be more connected than ever to what the world around us is currently experimenting and have an in-depth understanding of the potential futures about to take shape under our own eyes.
“I always say it’s so easy to rebuild roofs and homes, but it is very hard to develop a generation that went through a hurricane and earthquakes in less than a year.”
Talking about social impact and not focusing in particular on healing, wellbeing, and flourishing, as part of the mental health discourse, defeats the purpose of mission-driven work. But it is more than just talking about it. The conversation should approach these crucial aspects as a whole, as many of our guests have highlighted during our interviews for the Jet Fuel Series.
Stephen Bennett writes from the perspective of a Board member about some of the best practices and tools organizations have to engage with and support their Board members.
Jet Fuel Series: A conversation with Debbie Espinosa, President and CEO of FIND Food Bank – The Desert’s Regional Food Bank, Coachella Valley, California It’s old news at this point that the past year was a challenging one for mission-driven enterprises — forcing them to rethink and adapt their organizational survival and sustainability strategies. From […]
Everybody has benefited from fuller participation of women in every facet of society. And women don’t need a separate category or special treatment — they just need the opportunity and tools to compete.