Writing or updating mission and vision statements can be a frustrating “design by committee” process. The people involved have to navigate two different tasks – picking the right ideas to include and picking the right words to communicate those ideas. Without a clear process, the two tasks get mixed up in committee meetings, causing confusion… Read more »
Writing a mission, vision, and value statement for your organization is hard. Read our article and resource Revising Mission Statements: What good? For Whom? Then come back and take a look at this collection of mission, vision, and value statements for inspiration. We’ve picked organizations that have interesting mission and vision statements (and included value statements… Read more »
At Aurora, we work hard to lead with honesty, humility, and joy. Of our three core values, we believe this one offers the most insight to who we strive to be in and through our work. We like it because it lets us be us. It reflects our vision for ourselves as leaders and our vision for how we interact with other nonprofit professionals.
Much has changed in the world since 2002. I’m proud of the way people and practices in the nonprofit sector have adapted and grown. The best leaders in this sector are relentlessly generous, and I admire them greatly. It takes a special energy and strength of will to hold onto that spirit of giving and kindness in the face of intractable challenges. If someone asked me to identify essential changes I’ve seen during my career with Aurora, I would point to these shifts:
Practicing generosity is a core value for Aurora. How can a business be generous? We don’t completely know the answer but we know practicing generosity is right because we feel fulfilled when we do it. In this post, we’ll give you greater insight into ways we practice generosity daily and why generosity is so important to us.
Updating your organization’s mission statement is important, mundane, rewarding, and painful all at the same time. Fitting everything an organization does into one short sentence is hard enough by yourself, much less with the other people in your organization. Refreshing a mission statement helps an organization remain dynamic and relevant to the community it is… Read more »
What does leadership look like when you aren’t in charge? We often do this in our professional and personal lives – managing up, down, and sometimes upside-down. This is what it means to “lead from the middle,” and the concept can be useful to board members. This type of leadership, when we are supporting, persuading,… Read more »
What do you know about your stakeholders? This workshop will engage participants in discussing how their organizations engage with their broader stakeholder community, why they want to hear from and learn about their stakeholders, and how to develop a plan to gather information that will best help them make decisions or improvements to shape the future of their organizations’ activities.
Facilitation is an essential leadership competency. Facilitative leaders take a step back and nurture collaboration, capacity, and commitment with employees, colleagues, and stakeholders. With effective facilitation, groups can work together to assess a situation, analyze information, create a plan, and make group decisions that stick.
In this workshop, we explore practical tools that organizations can use to facilitate discussions about mission and mission-based decision making: including six degrees of mission separation, strategy screen, mission/money matrix, and hedgehog theory.