Thursday, October 13, 2011

BIG's Blog: Statue-Quo

Can organizations continue to operate using current business strategies? Is it okay for your organization to remain status quo or is there a need for change?

Today’s fundraising world is going through a transformation. Changing demographics and technologies are just a few of the challenges nonprofit leaders face. Executives addressing these opportunities should be aware that a person’s decision making style can affect the success or failure of the organization.

We all have innate characteristics that guide us in our decision-making process. Status-quo is just one of many styles. Executives who make decisions based on status quo are more comfortable maintaining the current business environment instead of looking for alternative solutions.

Status quo decision-making goes back to an individual’s own desire to protect themselves from criticism or failure. This is a safer course of action and more people will follow this strategy when given the choice.

It is true that some decisions can be made using status quo but when making strategic decisions this approach can affect the organization’s bottom line. A status quo approach should not be the standard way of operating. Present alternative opportunities and lead others to carefully assess the pros and cons. Don’t let the organization take the safer course; instead, push the leadership team to think outside  of the box. Mark Twain said it best:

It is not best that we should all think alike;
it is a difference of opinion that makes horse races.


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