CAPACITY BUILDING & TRANSITION PLANNING
Executive Transition Toolkits and Overview
In addition to the individual client service work that Leading Transitions performs, I founded the Executive Transitions Initiative (ETI) in Wisconsin. This project was truly groundbreaking and very rare among other cities in the country.
Executive Transition is one issue that impacts every type of nonprofit, large or small, and with any type of mission. One of the primary goals of ETI was to create systemic change in nonprofits whereby executive directors, boards of directors and funders value and support the importance of effective executive transition management (as opposed to the more limited search and hire approaches). There is no time more risky and uncertain than when a leader leaves without a succession plan. In fact, when nonprofit board members are interviewed about what they most dislike about their volunteer work, they most frequently cite fund raising and hiring an executive director. What is often overlooked during executive change is the unique opportunity to build donor confidence in the organization, decrease board isolation, and transform the organization in preparation for the future.
Foundations have a vested interest in strengthening leadership and organizational capacity within Milwaukee’s nonprofit community to prepare for the upcoming wave of executive director transitions. Executive transition management provides for more effective transitions in the short term and more successful organizations in the long term.