Organizational Effectiveness

Highly effective organizations exhibit strengths across five areas: leadership, decision making and structure, people, work processes and systems, and culture. The research and ideas shared here explore these areas in depth, providing useful resources for leaders looking to improve the effectiveness of their organizations.

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Featured Insights

Questions for a Curious Leader: An Interview with HopeLab’s Pat Christen and Richard Tate

Pat Christen (president and CEO) and Richard Tate (vice president, Communications and Marketing) at HopeLab discuss how they foster a culture of curiosity, and how it impacts their work researching and developing products that improve psychological and physical health.

Facing the Future: How Successful Nonprofits Link Strategy to Leadership Development

Nonprofit leaders make leadership development such a high priority, yet they give themselves low marks for execution. What accounts for the gap between aspiration and achievement? They often don’t specify the leadership qualities that will most strongly influence the organization’s future impact.

When the Change Needs to Be You

When faced with organizational challenges, it’s easy for a nonprofit leader to lock in on everything other than himself to effect change. But what if he is the one who needs to change? In her column,’s Nicki Roth helps leaders assess their need to change and offers guidelines for changing leadership behavior.

The Effective Organization: Five Questions to Translate Leadership into Strong Management

Effective organizations create results, and to be fully effective, nonprofits must exhibit strengths in five core organizational areas—leadership, decision making and structure, people, work processes and systems, and culture.

RAPID Decision Making: What It Is, Why We Like It, and How to Get the Most Out of It

Decision making can be challenging for nonprofit leadership teams. But using tools—like RAPID®—can help nonprofit leaders and managers identify the activities that must occur in order for a decision to be made well.

Leadership Priorities: What Facets of Management Shouldn't You Delegate?

There aren't enough hours in a day for a nonprofit leader to effectively address all of the issue vying for his or her attention. Delegating some of your responsibilities, and the attendant decision-making authority, can help. However, there are two critical areas of responsibility that cannot be assigned to anyone but the top manager.

Featured Presentations

Designing an Effective Organization

This presentation outlines the basic principles of effective organization structure and describes the pros and cons of various organizational models.

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