Category Archives: Change Management

A Coach Can Help You Lead Through Disruption

Karen Haren

Leaders in not-for-profit organizations recognize the value of a coach as they manage through times of crisis. In my own experience as a leader and in coaching executives, here are three reasons a coach can help you lead through a significant disruption such as the pandemic of 2020.

It can be lonely at the top.  Even though there are others who work in your organization, you can feel isolated.  As a leader, you have to wrestle with many issues that you can’t share with your colleagues, direct reports or the board.  A coach is there to listen to you without judging. She can help you talk through the problem or opportunity and develop your strategies.

During the pandemic, you are dealing with sudden seismic change. You are stepping into uncharted territory with new challenges opportunities and responsibilities. There isn’t a road map when you are continually coping with the new normal.  This can be unsettling and cause insecurity. A coach can listen to you and help you chart your course.  A coach can accelerate your learning through the crisis and provide encouragement to build your confidence.

You are up to your assets in alligators. It’s hard to remember your objective was to drain the swamp. You may be stressing over personnel issues or worried that you can’t raise enough money to keep the organization afloat. You might be struggling with communicating with the board. The three most frequent subjects raised by not for profit executives are personnel, fund raising and boards of directors.  A coach can let you vent and help you work through options to chart your course.

Coaching is a relationship process that can help you lead through a crisis, solve problems, manage change and/or reach goals.  EC of OC is here for you!  We provide no cost coaching to nonprofit executives to help nonprofit organizations accomplish their mission. To sign up for a coach visit

Author:  Karen Haren, Executive Coaches of Orange County,

The Changing Role of Nonprofit Leadership

Dave Blankenhorn

Some time ago I wrote a blog about the skills a leader needs to adapt to our fast-changing world. Little did I realize about how fast and how dramatic it would be.

I talked about the need to be nimble and innovative, the need to create a larger vision for their organizations and the importance of uniting people behind a common mission. Beyond that I talked about navigating changing cultural, regulatory, technical and social needs. Was I ever right about the last ones.

Who would have thought we would be caught in a pandemic that has literally affected our all our lives, socially and economically? The skills you have been using now need to be redirected to help your organization survive and perform its mission in the most difficult times. New priorities need to be set. In addition to your normal activities you must develop new skills that will allow you to manage your group remotely, redesign properly distanced spaces for those who need to work together, provide the mandatory masks and gloves, sanitize various areas and organize the staff.

Your motivational skills will be tested in as never before with your staff, the Board and donors.  Figuring out new ways to raise funds will be a major challenge and might entail altering your primary mission.

How you cope with the new world will dictate how your organization will survive and prosper. None of us can predict the longevity of the crisis or what other problems might befall us as a result. I do know good leadership will carry you through.

Author: Dave Blankenhorn, Executive Coaches of Orange County,

The Last I Looked, It Was Still There

Victoria Collins

Who could have imagined the changes we’re seeing?

Challenged right now to the depths of our being.

Is this the new normal? What can we expect?

As April begins, we can’t even predict.


The culprits of crisis are not just a few:

Action delayed sparked the virus to spread,

Lack of tests, masks, protective gear filled us with dread.

As efforts assessing these mishaps will grow,

Delivery of healthcare must change, we all know.


Stock markets in freefall and then sharply up

Investors weigh in– to buy or to sell

With fluctuations so wild, no one can tell.

Confidence in our ourselves is now what we need

And pundits and gurus we should learn less to heed.


Our leaders woke up to a major challenge at hand

A weakened economy reaches all of the land

To avert a disaster comes welcome relief

Two trillion + dollars

A number so large, but a surprise bigger still

Politics put aside and work getting done

Bi-partisanship efforts acting as one!


The stimulus package and what the Fed is now doing

Will it save the economy and build confidence again?

While it’s likely too early for the impact to show,

Are these steps being taken the best ones we know?


A new definition for “together” with family and friends

Virtual dates, social distancing, Zoom meetings too,

Online learning and services are starting new trends.

As we search for technology not easy to hack

Low tech like “snail mail” might make a “comeback”.


Americans are resilient, just look to the past,

We’ve overcome challenges and this won’t be the last.

So when pundits say the sky is falling

Let’s tell them that wealth is more than just money

It’s family, friends, health and the freedom we share.


The last time I looked, the sky was still there.          


Author: Victoria Collins, Executive Coaches of Orange County,