Change at the Top

Nonprofits must prepare for transitions, by Jeanie P. Duncan, August 29, 2011, Philanthropy Journal

“Study after study reinforces the impending turnover of top leadership in the nonprofit sector – and potential crisis as a result – with roughly 67 percent of executive directors and CEOs reporting that they plan to leave their jobs within the next five years, according to Daring to Lead, a study by the Meyer Foundation and CompassPoint."

What Nonprofits Need to Know About Millennials, From Ian Adair’s blog, RE-Fundraising.com

Generation Y, more commonly known as the Millennial Generation, are called many things; Facebook Generation, 9/11 Generation, and the Tech Generation, because of the global events and innovative times they are living through.  Whatever you call them the demographic power of this generation is far greater than many realize because of its overpowering size.  For the sake of argument lets say you are part of Generation Y if you were born between the years 1982-2005.  Generation Y (more than 100 million strong) by the numbers is 30% larger than the Baby Boomers and three times the size of Generation X.  With an overwhelming amount of millennials entering the workforce, or preparing to, nonprofits need to be ready to recruit and transition them to fill the needed positions of the over 1 million philanthropic organizations in our country today.

Next Gen Leadership Report

A new report from the Center for Cultural Innovation, Nurturing California’s Next Generation Arts and Cultural Leaders, examines many of the same issues MANY discovered in our next generation leadership research several years ago.  Download the report for free from the CCI website.

This blog post is a thoughtful response to it:  CCI’s Next Gen Leaders Study: Are we all just climbing whiners?

Daring to Lead

More than 3,000 executive directors participated in Daring to Lead 2011, the third Daring to Lead national study produced in partnership by CompassPoint and the Meyer Foundation, with previous studies published in 2001 and 2006. Explore this website for reports, current findings, and to learn about the implications for nonprofit executives and boards, philanthropy, and capacity builders. Visit frequently for updated content and to join the ongoing conversation about the findings and what they mean for our sector.

“Leading Transition: A New Model for Change,” by William Bridges and Susan Mitchell Bridges, from the Leader to Leader Institute.

"Business conditions change and yesterday's assumptions and practices no longer work. There must be innovation, and innovation means change. Yet the thousands of books, seminars, and consulting engagements purporting to help "manage change" often fall short. These tools tend to neglect the dynamics of personal and organizational transition that can determine the outcome of any change effort. As a result, they fail to address the leader's need to coach others through the transition process. And they fail to acknowledge the fact that leaders themselves usually need coaching before they can effectively coach others."

Creating the Future: Hildy’s Online Journal for Community Driven Institutes.

Visit this blog discussion & comments on the coming leadership gap.

Transition Guides

Offers “transition tips” for departing executives, boards and arriving executives, along with a quarterly on-line newsletter offering step-by-step guidance on nonprofit executive transitions.

Leading Transitions

Strengthens non-profit organizations through assessment, education and empowerment of leadership during periods of transition and change.

The Museum Trusteeship Association

A network informing, advising, and inspiring museum trustees.

Practitioner Resources

Contains a 15-page PDF titled Succession Planning and Executive Transition Management: An Introduction to the Next Steps Workshop presented October 10, 2006 by Transitionguides.com, Annie E. Casey et al.