Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Performance Culture

"So why do so few nonprofit professionals manage to outcomes despite a genuine passion for achieving mission?...One big reason is that nonprofit leaders... are not encouraged or supported to manage well. Many were 'knighted into their leadership positions because of their commitment...A second, related reason is that funders generally don't provide the kind of financial support that nonprofits need in order to make the leap to managing to outcomes."

Mario Morino, Leap of Reason: Managing to Outcomes in an Era of Scarcity

A third mistake is that we collectively set a low bar for success -- lot's of activities and interim achievements but few stretch results. And, in fact, we set multiple low bars for success, take your pick. Who is willing to buck this kind of success and the rewards that come with it for more powerful results. Some do, and they are pathbreakers. Many do not.

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