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Leading Together: Collective Leadership & Membership Organizations Sarah Morris Impact Strategies Group & YNPN-TC November 16, 2013


Roadmap • What do we mean by membership organization? • Introductions & input • What do we mean by collective leadership? • So what?


What do we mean by membership organization?


Nonprofit Sector – 50,000’ • 501(c) designations • Revenue buckets • Staff v. volunteer • “public good”


Dues & Fees

Membership Organizations

Staff & Formalization


Membership Organizations Dues & Fees

philanthropic groups giving circles

Staff & Formalization


Membership Organizations professional associations

Dues & Fees

philanthropic groups giving circles

Staff & Formalization


Membership Organizations Dues & Fees

philanthropic groups giving circles

professional associations

collaboratives partnerships

Staff & Formalization


Dues & Fees

Membership Organizations philanthropic groups giving circles

professional associations

social groups clubs

collaboratives partnerships

Staff & Formalization


Introductions • What is your name? • Do you belong to a membership organization? • Where would your organization fall on the chart?


Membership Organizations Dues & Fees

philanthropic groups giving circles

professional associations

• Social Venture Partners • Fourth Generation Fund

• Chamber of Commerce • Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

social groups clubs

collaboratives partnerships

• Minnesota Rising • Pollen • Young Nonprofit Professionals Network

• Generation Next • Minnesota Mentoring Partnership

Staff & Formalization


What do we mean by collective leadership?


Leadership

Yo u

Us


Collective Leadership

Me’s

Us


Collective Leadership Influences • Unique generational qualities • Group dynamics • Voluntary associations


Millennials • Educated • Self-confident • Civically engaged • Technologically savvy/connected • Ambitious (within a challenging job market) • Diverse  liberal or tolerant (Pew Research)


Millennials • Educated • Self-confident • Civically engaged • Technologically savvy/connected • Ambitious (within a challenging job market) • Diverse  liberal or tolerant (Pew Research)


Motives Three “needs” that motivate us toward activity: • Power • Affiliation • Achievement

(David McClelland as cited in Ott)


Power Types of power: • Reward – give or withhold rewards • Coercive – take forceful action • Expert – control knowledge, information, skill • Referent – set a standard, example to emulate • Legitimate – exert accepted authority (French & Raven as cited in Rainey)


Power Types of power: • Reward – give or withhold rewards • Coercive – take forceful action • Expert – control knowledge, information, skill • Referent – set a standard, example to emulate • Legitimate – exert accepted authority (French & Raven as cited in Rainey)


Affiliation

Attitudes & Norms

Cohesion & Commitment

Performance & Productivity

Group Identity


Affiliation

Periphery Core


Achievement Challenges/Barriers: • Multiple constituency model in all nonprofits • Role ambiguity & task uncertainty in volunteer roles


So what?


Keys to Success Identify primary motivation(s) for membership. Why would someone become a member?


Keys to Success Maximize fulfillment of three “needs” for each member What would make this member’s engagement meaningful?


Keys to Success Set a common agenda and culture How can you bring all of this together into one cohesive set of vision, mission, values, activities?


Keys to Success Codify/formalize the organization What needs to be proceduralized to eliminate confusion and frustration?


Discussion

What successes have you had with collective leadership? • Identify primary motivation(s) for membership. • Maximize fulfillment of three “needs” for each member • Set a common agenda and culture • Codify/formalize the organization


Sarah Townsend Morris sarah.morris@isgimpact.com morrissaraht@gmail.com @morrissaraht linkedin.com/in/morrissaraht @isgimpact www.isgimpact.com @ynpntc www.ynpntwincities.org


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