NGO Soul + Strategy

002. Interview with Ramesh Singh regarding his change leadership at ActionAid and Greenpeace

February 10, 2020 Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken Season 1 Episode 2
NGO Soul + Strategy
002. Interview with Ramesh Singh regarding his change leadership at ActionAid and Greenpeace
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NGO Soul + Strategy
002. Interview with Ramesh Singh regarding his change leadership at ActionAid and Greenpeace
Feb 10, 2020 Season 1 Episode 2
Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken

Ep 002 – Ramesh Singh

Title: What I learned from leading ActionAid’s federalization process as well as Greenpeace’s recent change trajectory – Ramesh Singh

Summary para: 

Ramesh Singh, former CEO of ActionAid, led its process of federalization - an important change in its organizational form - over a decade ago. In addition, Ramesh as International Organization Director led Greenpeace’s process to decentralize decision making from Greenpeace International’s headquarters to its regional and national offices. During the same period, Greenpeace also aligned its organization with a strategic shift of its campaigning approach to a more ‘people-powered’ form of campaigning.

  • How Ramesh encouraged ActionAid to learn from the past and be fit for the future
  • How he promoted course corrections in organizational change processes
  • How to spot slow-onset crises
  • How not to confuse project management (a means) with the Theory of Change (the end) behind a change process
  • The usefulness of scenario planning as a tool in change management
  • How to be wary of ‘glorification’ of what NGOs do
  • The importance of analysis of difference within organizational change processes 

Resources:

Bio: Ramesh Singh has many years of experience working with NGOs, having worked as the Chief Executive Officer of ActionAid, the Chief Operating Officer at Greenpeace, and an Independent Consultant in his later career. In his most recent years, Ramesh Singh has, among others, held the role of Senior Advisor to Oxfam Global Strategy Development in his capacity as a consultant.

LinkedIn profile: linkedin.com/in/ramesh-singh-b5712123

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Show Notes

Ep 002 – Ramesh Singh

Title: What I learned from leading ActionAid’s federalization process as well as Greenpeace’s recent change trajectory – Ramesh Singh

Summary para: 

Ramesh Singh, former CEO of ActionAid, led its process of federalization - an important change in its organizational form - over a decade ago. In addition, Ramesh as International Organization Director led Greenpeace’s process to decentralize decision making from Greenpeace International’s headquarters to its regional and national offices. During the same period, Greenpeace also aligned its organization with a strategic shift of its campaigning approach to a more ‘people-powered’ form of campaigning.

  • How Ramesh encouraged ActionAid to learn from the past and be fit for the future
  • How he promoted course corrections in organizational change processes
  • How to spot slow-onset crises
  • How not to confuse project management (a means) with the Theory of Change (the end) behind a change process
  • The usefulness of scenario planning as a tool in change management
  • How to be wary of ‘glorification’ of what NGOs do
  • The importance of analysis of difference within organizational change processes 

Resources:

Bio: Ramesh Singh has many years of experience working with NGOs, having worked as the Chief Executive Officer of ActionAid, the Chief Operating Officer at Greenpeace, and an Independent Consultant in his later career. In his most recent years, Ramesh Singh has, among others, held the role of Senior Advisor to Oxfam Global Strategy Development in his capacity as a consultant.

LinkedIn profile: linkedin.com/in/ramesh-singh-b5712123

If you want to learn more:

Click here to subscribe to be alerted when new podcast episodes come out or when Tosca produces other thought leadership pieces! 

Or email Tosca at [email protected] if you want to talk about your social sector organization’s needs, challenges, and opportunities

You can find Tosca’s content by following her on her social media channels: 

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