I'm from Chicago. I'm typing this post about two hours after my beloved Chicago Bears just took a good ol' fashioned beating from the Dallas Cowboys.
If you turn on talk radio the solution to the Bears woes is simple . . .
"Change the quarterback."
This sounds like a great solution. It is logical and it is something immediate. One day you have one quarterback, the next day you have another. Instant change is awesome.
But of course it isn't that simple. In fact if you look at the Bears game you see more problems . . .
What about the poor running game?
What about the wide receivers dropping passes?
What about the offensive line failing to block?
Changing the quarterback may solve one problem, but it doesn't solve all the problems.
Here is how this relates to you . . .
When I work with nonprofits and I ask them their biggest problem it is always . . .
"We can't raise enough money."
Again, sounds logical. It even allows for easy assignment of blame ("fire the ED", "find new Board Members")
But again, it isn't always that simple . . .
What about the fact that your nonprofit's mission is 20 years old and no longer relevant now?
What about the fact that you have some much programming that no one can understand what your nonprofit does or why it is important?
What about the fact that you pay your staff so poorly that you either can't hire skilled workers or you have such high turnover that you can't complete major projects?
Like a good football team a nonprofit organization is an interrelated and interdependent body. You can't always pin trouble on one particular part of the team. Sometimes you have to fix three of four different departments at the same time for everything to run smoothly.