Guest Post by Kris Ritter, InsideNGO HR Manager
InsideNGO is a membership association dedicated to strengthening operations staff and fostering leadership in the international NGO sector. InsideNGO is a supporting member of LINGOs.
Using Learning From The Insights Discovery Program
To meet significant growth in its membership and the range of benefits and international services it provides, InsideNGO has increased its staff from five to twenty-five in just over five years. With the addition of the new staff, it quickly became clear that the less formal management style of InsideNGO was no longer effective. After efforts to clarify position descriptions and reporting lines, we realized that there was an element missing: an understanding of management and interaction styles, which are essential in any organization, but especially important in a smaller, growing one.
We leveraged our LINGOs member benefit to the Insights Discovery Profiles
Insights: “…released capacity we didn’t know we had”
Looking for a means to drive individual self-awareness, better communications and organizational development, InsideNGO launched the initiative to have each staff member complete the Insights Discovery profile to incorporate as the major focus of the all-Staff Retreat in December 2013. We used the individual assessments, online learning available to us as part of InsideNGO’s supporting membership in LINGOs, as well as in-person exercises. As we implemented the Insights Discovery program, a new language, culture (and humor) began to emerge across InsideNGO, leading to major benefits of a more effective teaming and partnering style across the organization. “Insights unlocked the “software” that allows our hardware (i.e., role/job descriptions) and wiring (i.e., reporting lines) to work even more effectively and release capacity we did not know we had,” observed Tom Dente, InsideNGO Chief Operating Officer.
A more effective team means more creativity and innovation as InsideNGO looks to meet the changing needs of its more than 300 members working around the world.
LINGOs Member Benefit: Many InsideNGO member organizations are also members of LINGOs (Learning in NGOs). Click to see a list of LINGOs Members. Among the benefits in the LINGOs Membership Toolbox are facilitation tools including Insights Discovery Profiles.