Fall 2010 Newsletter

Posted on 30. Sep, 2010 by in Boards Behaving Better, News

The latest edition of our newsletter, The Pinnacle Advantage, is now available online. Read it here.

Branding Your Organization to Survive and Thrive

Posted on 16. Sep, 2010 by in Boards Behaving Better, Nonprofit, Recruiting, Retention

Like it or not, your organization has an employment brand — what you stand for as an employer. And this brand can greatly impact on your ability to recruit and retain the best talent. Organizations that have created a favorable organizational culture are natural magnets for good people. But if an organization\u2019s general reputation is less than positive, there will be problems attracting and keeping talented professionals, despite the current job market. For instance, if you have a reputation for high turn-over, the word is already out on the street.\n

Do you know how the current and former employees of your organization market your organization to their peers? Regardless of all your public relations efforts, this is the key to your organization\u2019s brand and identity.\n

Since hiring is such a huge chunk of your bottom line, a focus on your internal brand can enhance employee retention and decrease costs. When organizations become branded as preferred work settings, employees are coached, challenged and encouraged to work together to achieve the organization mission. As you reassess your programs and their viability in the current environment, this would be a good opportunity to assess your internal organization culture, in terms of talent management.\n

Here are several recruiting and retention questions to consider:\n


  • What do you do to attract passive candidates?\n
  • Do your internal recruiters screen for required competencies?\n
  • Is the acquisition of talent considered a top-level issue?\n
  • Is the retention of talent considered a top-level issue?\n
  • How do you reward your best performers?\n\n

    Next, position your organization on what you do best. Strengthen vital relationships with employees, funders, and key stakeholders while building retention and loyalty. Leaders with the vision, ingenuity, and courage to go against the grain of negativity in this current economic environment can avoid drastic action and buoy their organizations to new heights. They know the importance of an organization\u2019s employment brand.\n”Movie A Dog’s Purpose (2017)

From For-Profit to Non-Profit: Tips for Executives Seeking Mission-Driven Work

Posted on 08. Sep, 2010 by in Boards Behaving Better, Career, Nonprofit

Are you thinking of crossing-over from the for-profit to non-profit sector? Here are two important tips to help you get interviews for the right roles — tips that will enable you to find the right fit for your talents and temperament.

  1. Demonstrate your experience in financial management, personnel administration, budgeting, team leadership and fundraising; these are necessary executive abilities for running a non-profit organization. Since chief executives report to their boards, experience serving on a non-profit board is critical to understanding how to manage the moving parts.
  2. Prepare a one-page networking profile. In switching sectors, highlight the competencies that describe the transferable assets that you bring:
    1. Adaptive skills: capabilities that involve your behavior in the workplace, personality characteristics, and ways of doing things. These determine how you “fit” in certain organizational settings.
    2. Functional skills: strategic thinking, teamwork, problem-solving, preparing budgets, evaluating programs, relationship-building, interpreting information, and mediating disagreements.

If you are looking for mission-driven work, you should not be misguided into thinking that leading or managing in a non-profit is a simple task. Non-profits tend to have a slower decision-making process due to the many stakeholders involved. Non-profits are not less demanding, but face their own set of stresses. Be aware that leaders of non-profits function as chief fundraiser, marketer, salesperson, and financial expert.

Be cognizant about your passion for the mission and your ability to motivate and mentor professional and volunteer staff. Understanding all aspects before considering a move to a leadership position with a non-profit organization will enable you to successfully navigate the cross-over.