Friday Buzz: States of Change

How does your organization respond to change? One author shares three states that organizations often find themselves in. Also: a way to make giving inclusive.

You know the old saw: Change is hard. And it can be especially difficult at the organizational level.

In a recent Velvet Chainsaw blog post, Jeff Hurt examines a framework from author and CEO Julian Stodd of three states that organizations may be in when undergoing change: resisted, constrained, and dynamic.

“Those in the resisted state deny change,” writes Hurts. “They respond to change with fine-tuned, well-practiced set of survival skills to outmaneuver change.” If you’re a change agent in your organization, you’re going to have to work hard to get out of this phase.

In the constrained state, people realize that they need to change but are unable to be productive. “They start with an intent to change and work hard to achieve,” says Hurts. “Regrettably, they are ineffective and get stuck in churn.”

The ideal? Organizations in the dynamic state take a collaborative approach that helps their team feel invested in the change they’re creating.

New Fundraising Methods

Is your group keeping up with the latest ways to fundraise? “Let’s face it: if you’re a nonprofit trying to make an impact in your community, you need to be on the ball with what’s trending among potential donors,” writes Hana Muslic in a Nonprofit Hub post.

Consider experimenting with giving circles, where a group of people pool their money to donate to one cause. “In a study done by the Collective Giving Research Group, it was revealed that younger people, minorities, and women prefer joining giving circles to any other form of group fundraising,” writes Muslic. “This might be because giving circles offer an inclusive way of giving that alleviates pressure from just one person.”

Other Links of Note

AI is still a young technology, but marketers are already using it to a significant effect. CMSWire shares how.

Need some fresh conference ideas? BizBash takes a look at how the Girlboss Rally in Los Angeles uses interactive staging and other elements to create a unique experience.

Keep your top talent by ditching bad leadership habits. Inc. pulls insights from years of research by Gallup.

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Raegan Johnson

By Raegan Johnson

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