If it’s not being done it’s not obvious
Years ago I was the board chair of a nonprofit organization during transformational growth. My vision: Shift to a model of collective leadership. For 50 years, a single charismatic leader carried the torch. Such an approach was no longer feasible.
When I shared my vision with a friend he responded, “Isn’t that kinda obvious? I mean, aren’t nonprofit boards supposed to be that way?”
I replied, “If it’s not being done, it’s not obvious!”
Bold visions are sexy. They are exciting and get people riled up. But without a solid foundation, they don’t have the power to withstand the challenges and demands required to turn ideas into innovations.
I have since graduated from serving as the board chair. Organizational culture shifted to a model of collective leadership, resulting in many notable achievements.
My experience taught me leaders (and professionals) need to keep the “obvious” stuff – teams effectively collaborating together – front and center. It is the foundation for innovation. It begs the question, do you have the “obvious” stuff accounted for in your organization?