• Joann Ricci

    Coaching can be beneficial for new and seasoned nonprofit leaders in helping them get clear about a myriad of issues and challenges facing them and their organizations–working with a board, managing staff, developing adaptive solutions for an ever-changing environment. Additionally, working with a coach-a trusted advisor and listener-helps leaders, whether veteran or emerging, to gain clarity about their leadership role and the values that guide them through the rigors of guiding an organization day to day or for the long term.

    More and more nonprofit leaders are reaping the benefits of coaching–reaffirms their sense of “I know what I’m doing”, provides rare moments of self reflection and a space to really think and grapple, without blame or judgment, about thorny issues and develop an plan to action. Sometimes, they realize the path to clarity is “no action” too.

    As a provider of capacity building and learning opportunities to our foundation’s grantees, I’ve instituted a Capacity Coaching initiative designed to meet folks (and their issues) where they are and offer the safe space to “noodle” together. Our grantees marvel at the forward movement and insights a coaching session can elicit.

    I urge others to fund such efforts and if you’ve never worked with a coach, do work with one–you won’t regret it. (As an accredited coach with a Master’s Certificate in Evidence Based Coaching from Fielding Graduate University, I suggest working with a coach who is credentialed and trained. For more information check out http://www.coachfederation.org)

  • DeBorah “Sunni” Smith

    This article nailed a lot of the issues that exist around coaching in general both in the for profit as well as nonprofit sectors. One of the keys issues is that the organizational capacity is a direct function of individual capacity, whether it is at the executive level or not. The alignment of policies and culture of an organization directly parallel and reflect the values and behaviors of the individuals that make up that organization. This is where coaching can have a definitive and powerful impact in facilitating the clarification, focus and authenticity of leadership and… not just from the top down but als from the bottom up.

  • Third Sector Radio USA

    Recent research indicates that effective leaders in complex situations serve more as coaches. Learning how to coach (and not necessarily relying on the professionals for it) will be increasingly important to nonprofits.