Although we looked at several projects and concepts, the Board never was willing to move in a new direction. For them, Business As Usual was the strategic choice...and now there's hell to pay. In the end, the Board was always reluctant to strike out on a different path lest they encounter failure. It was easier (and more comfortable) just to keep on what they were doing in the past.
I've said it over and over and over, The Status Quo Is Not An Option. So how can you encourage your nonprofit to open up to new possibilities. I find a facilitated discussion of these five questions extraordinarily helpful:
- Why is this risky?
- Why is our new initiative better than doing nothing?
- What's the worst that could happen if we fail?
- Even if we fail, what can we learn from the new imitative?
- Is there expert opinion about our initiative? What do these experts have to say?