"Clarity isn't everything, but it changes everything." -- vision expert, Will Mancini
How do you get clarity?
One of the most helpful resources we have found to help organizations achieve clarity comes from Patrick Lencioni's book, The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything in Business.
In it, he notes that in his 20+ years of experience in Management Consulting the best leaders and organizations have spent the time working to bring alignment around the answers to six simple but critical questions. When these organizations have clarity around these six critical questions, they will drastically increase the likelihood of creating a healthy organization.
The Six Questions of Clarity
In The Advantage, Lencioni outlines the six critical questions:
- Why do we exist?
- How do we behave?
- What do we do?
- How will we succeed?
- What is most important, right now?
- Who must do what?
When the answers to these six critical questions are shared by leadership, they can be distributed throughout the organization in a simple, summarizing document he calls The Playbook.
these sound like fairly simple questions EH...?
... we have found that leaders and organizations, from those just starting out to those organizations that have been operating for years, can all learn and benefit from revisiting these questions.
"I thought I knew the answers for my organization, however these questions caused me to re-evaluate and consider if I am being true to the purpose of the organization. I would have been stuck on what I had already determined if it wasn't for the accelerator." said one fellow of the Spring 16' Associate cohort.
Being organizationally healthy isn't just about having the right marketing, financials or strategy... though it does help to have that. Rather, it is about getting at the core purpose of why your organization exists and being able to rally your friends and funders around a shared vision & set of values.
Until you understand why your organization exists and how it behaves, you'll be missing a crucial advantage when trying to fundraise, onboard a new employee, hold another event, recruit a new board member or even implement a new program.
Can your leadership team (Executive director, board members, key staff and officers) all answer the six questions?
When that happens, you gain clarity & it changes everything!