DIRECT SERVICE NONPROFITS & ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS

Integrating Applied Wisdom into your organization’s culture and practices will:

  • Boost employee and board skills, capacity and productivity
  • Create a culture of learning, engagement and accountability
  • Promote inclusion, equity and team collaboration
  • Unify staff and board teams with a shared language and ignite behavior change
  • Accelerate quality performance and results

APPLIED WISDOM SELF-ASSESSMENT

Using the Applied Wisdom framework, identify your organization’s strengths and improvement areas. (Download this fillable Excel Assessment for your staff and board here.)

I. CULTURE - How do people act and interact?

Do the behaviors within your organization align with its values?

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Do all people in the organization – staff, volunteers and board – demonstrate respect and trust toward each other?
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Do all staff and management feel comfortable regularly sharing troubling or bad news in order to address problems?

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II. PLANNING – What strategy and resources will achieve your mission?

Does your organization regularly assess macro and micro driving forces impacting your programs and services in order to respond to change?

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Does your organization adequately invest in its people and infrastructure to achieve excellence and impact?

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Does your organization effectively prioritize and retain focus on its top three goals and objectives?

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III. IMPLEMENTATION – What actions will ensure desired results?

Does your organization move quickly from planning to implementation of its ideas?

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Does your organization embody a culture of accountability reinforcing individual ownership of problems?

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No matter how you assessed your organization, you will learn from reading Applied Wisdom’s insights and engaging in the thought-provoking conversation starters with your colleagues.

Testimonials

"This booklet delivers on its promise. This easy-to-read but powerful collection of leadership principles provides real value, not just for chief executives, but for the board members who lead with them. The practical wisdom, and especially the collection of questions for board discussion, are excellent resources for any nonprofit board committed to truly advancing their nonprofit’s mission.”
Mary Hiland, Ph.D.
Nonprofit Governance Consultant
“A very useful conversation tool to strengthen the relationships between the chief executive, staff, the board and with our donors.”
Charmaine Warmenhoven
Board Chair
Catholic Community Foundation of Silicon Valley
“I keep Applied Wisdom for the Nonprofit Sector within arm's reach of my desk to periodically reference and revisit. I've read through it more than once, and I was struck by a different bit of wisdom each time.”
Shannon McCracken
CEO
The Nonprofit Alliance
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