The pace of our world is speeding up. That means leaders now need to make decisions and provide feedback faster than ever to stay relevant, take advantage of time-sensitive opportunities, and most importantly, drive results. Your organization likely has a strategic plan, but do you have frameworks for making day-to-day decisions and providing continuous feedback?
If you're ready to create an environment that promotes positive decision-making, join Dan Billingsley, Chief Encouragement Officer and Principal of MissionKarisma, for an interactive three-part series that will give you the tools you need to embrace action and drive results.
- September 12 - Decision-Making Psychology and Barriers to Effective Implementation of Decisions: We'll start by looking at decision-making in organizations as a process. We will examine decision fatigue issues (exacerbated by the pandemic), decisions made to seize upon opportunities or threats, why individuals, groups and systems can be challenged with making decisions and other data and insights to help us in our work. Then, we'll break out in small groups for discussion of how organizations, teams and individuals can analyze the barriers and find ways to better understand one another in the process. Participants in this session will gain and understanding of what works and doesn't work when it comes to nurturing more decisive, results-driven actions.
- September 19 - Creating and Sustaining a Framework to Enhance Decision-Making: For the second part of this series, we will take a practical look at the structures nonprofits should have in place to encourage more decisive actions and better results. During this session, we'll discuss how to implement authority structures and answer the questions: "What is a board-level decision, What is a CEO-level decision, What is a staff-level decision, and What is a team-level decision?" Then, we'll discuss policies and procedures to help nonprofits guide decision-making. These include typical policies such as gift acceptance, financial policies, etc., but also discuss other procedures when policies are nebulous or insufficient. Participants will break into small groups and use threat and/or opportunity guides to map out decisions so that participants walk away with tools to assist in decision-making, both large and small.
- September 26 - Nurturing a Culture of Evaluation and Feedback to Improve Decision-Making Processes and Results: Organizations work best when communication and evaluation structures are in place to help us guide decision-making long-term. The final session will help teams create feedback and evaluation models to enhance measurement of the results of a decision. This will go beyond typical "post-mortem" meetings and create better frameworks for analysis of decisions.
By creating a culture of feedback and honesty, we can reduce a common problem in nonprofits - failing to engage in direct and candid conversation. (We know we can all be guilty of being "Midwestern Nice"!) Better feedback and evaluation techniques help us create supportive environments that can challenge and improve decisions. Participants will practice using and implementing critical conversation and feedback models (particularly Simon Sinek's model for tough conversations).
This session is ideal for board members, executives, managers, and any direct service staff. At all levels of an organization, the decisions you make affect the people you serve.
- Three 90 minute sessions, held weekly:
- Tuesday, 9/12 | 1:00-2:30 PM
- Tuesday, 9/19 | 1:00-2:30 PM
- Tuesday, 9/26 | 1:00-2:30 PM
- Sessions will be held on Zoom.
- Your registration is for all three sessions.
Daniel Billingsley (he/him) has been in the nonprofit industry for more than 25 years. As a fundraiser, marketing professional, board governance expert and strategic planning facilitator, Billingsley has helped advance the missions of more than 300 diverse charitable organizations and foundations. Previously, he worked for the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, and he regularly speaks to groups both in Oklahoma and nationally about the importance of the charitable sector, philanthropy, advocacy and civic engagement.
Billingsley is currently advising a Chicago-based family foundation as a managing director and returned to the University of Kansas in 2021 to complete a PhD. He resides in Tulsa and works globally.
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