The sudden onset of community needs have forced local businesses to become more agile within their organizations while staying true to their missions. In episode 2 of our Executive Series CEO Roundtable we asked these trusted leaders how they are managing and motivating their workforce while evolving their service delivery models amidst times of intense pressure. What we found was tremendous leadership and examples of creating good from this crisis.
Our panel for Episode 2 featured:
Here are a few of our takeaways.
As a business model, nonprofits always seem to survive and respond to crisis situations with much flexibility and resolve. What they do and how they do it becomes less evident than the “why.” Here are some examples of how the “why” drives new opportunities to arise in a crisis:
In peace times, partnerships and collaboration can be hard. But times of crisis sometimes calls for a united front in community efforts. Competition is no longer what drives productivity but rather a much needed response for good. We learn that we must work together in order to balance the health of our economy with the health of citizens. This creates sufficient motivation to make collaborative efforts work. And come together quickly and powerfully then otherwise imaginable.
This crisis has allowed for important collaboration to collect critical information in order to plan better for the next crisis. While beneficial to the community, the real win is creating cause-fighting coalitions that never existed before.
Whether you are a nonprofit or for profit, purpose-driven decisions reaps good business decisions that will weather any storm. Leaders must often change their frame of reference before they can respond effectively to the needs of their constituents. Leadership courage at the core is thoughtful, purposeful and informed decisions in action!
Episode 2 of our Executive Series revealed proven leadership examples within our nonprofit sector and best practices for any business to acquire during a time of crisis. Though our panelists represent the non-profit sector, they’re excellent leaders first and foremost. And their lessons are applicable to all leaders. We thank them for an honest and insightful view into how they are managing through tense times in the community and in their organizations. Stay tuned for episode 3 (more details coming soon).