Managing the Non-Profit Organization: Principles and Practices

In this fifth installment of our “Managing the Non-Profit Organization: Principles and Practices” series, we are looking at ten tips for motivating and encouraging your employees. This article looks at the” principles” behind the management principle of “the big picture.”

In our prior articles, we have discussed the importance of vision and mission, the need to hire a strong leadership team, build a supportive and inspiring work environment, create a strong business case, identify your mission, marketing to your strengths, and develop a highly-skilled staff. 

In this article, we are looking at ten specific principles and practices relevant to the management principle of “the big picture.” These ten tips are intended to support you as you implement your organizational strategy toward “the big picture.”

This fifth edition of The Management Series incorporates the author’s fresh assessment of leadership styles and leadership success built on the theories and tools from The Art of War and The Ten Secrets of Power. 

While many management theories and concepts have been around for many years, only a select few are relevant today. Peter F. Drucker has compiled and synthesized many successful people’s best practices over the past three decades, resulting in The Management Theory: Principles and Practices for Strategic Management. This text provides an excellent guide for managers and business owners to think about and implement organizational policy and practice and use the best principles and practices to enhance organizational performance. This is an excellent book for managers to read and learn from.

In conclusion, principles and practices are the keys to effective management. When combined with leadership and good communication, principles provide a road map for success. They are easy to put into practice and provide a solid foundation on which to build. Principles and practices should be reviewed periodically to ensure that they are still relevant and useful. Management may choose to revise its strategies based on its ongoing evaluation of its Non-Profit Organization status.

Another important management principle is, “People build the world. Companies build companies.” This is a relatively simple concept – and it underlies many of the more advanced concepts studied in management research. One way to think about it is that people make the rules; organizations shape the rules. It is important to remember that one person can set the rules, but there must be a process of engagement for that person and his colleagues.

Another of the advanced management concepts is, “Culture shock is worse than errors.” This is a fairly simple concept that can have profound consequences if it is not communicated effectively to people from the start. If people come into an organization without understanding its principles, cultures, and practices, they can quickly learn how to behave according to others’ expectations. This can be a problem, particularly when those people don’t even know that they are expected to behave in this way. Effective communication and training programs can reduce the risk of creating a culture shock.

One of the most important principles is “the work should speak the language of the customers.” This means that, in principle, a non- Profit organization should give its customers everything they need to do their job well. It is important to understand that these customers have different needs and desires and that each of them is likely to have a very different idea of how to go about fulfilling its job. As a result, principles must take into account different needs. They must be flexible enough to accommodate future needs while also being principled enough to avoid watering down their original purpose. When people learn how the principles and programs of the non-profit match their experience and expectations, they are more likely to perform to the level of excellence desired.