NGO Soul + Strategy

012. NGO change management tips from a pro. A conversation with Barney Tallack

June 20, 2020 Tosca Season 1 Episode 12
NGO Soul + Strategy
012. NGO change management tips from a pro. A conversation with Barney Tallack
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NGO Soul + Strategy
012. NGO change management tips from a pro. A conversation with Barney Tallack
Jun 20, 2020 Season 1 Episode 12
Tosca

NGO change management is challenging - to say the least. A conversation with Barney Tallack to help you learn from a pro

Bio Barney Tallack

  • Principal Consultant, Averthur Consulting
  • Former Director of Strategy, Oxfam International
  • Former Director for Change Management, Oxfam Int.
  • Multiple other leadership roles in Oxfam (spanning a career of 25 years within that organization)
  • Board member of Forest Peoples, Fairtrade Foundation and several other nonprofit boards

Quotes:

“The field of change management is huge and has no boundaries”

And on the financial implications of the pandemic for the global North-founded NGO sector: 

“Our own pre-existing conditions have exacerbated the financial implications of COVID-10 for the sector”

In this chock-full episode, we discuss:

  • How to use a ‘political frame’ in change management, and harness the power of ‘positive resisters’ and informal leaders (i.e. people who have lots of power within an organization, though not posititional power)


  • How the use of such a political frame is appropriate as long as we are very self-aware of how our identity as NGO staff is rather tightly wrapped up with our jobs

 

  • What does a people-centric approach to NGO change management entail?

We also discuss Barney’s recent paper on the financial implications of the COVID-pandemic for NGOs and the suddenly even more critical need for drastic change:

 

  • The “cognitive dissonance” of NGO staff in view of funding levels that had started to plateau and then decline well before the pandemic

 

  • How senior NGO leaders and their boards should act now to drive big change rapidly

 

LinkedIn profile Barney Tallack

You can also reach Barney at: barneytallack[at]gmail.com

Read his recent paper on ‘Existential Challenges in the Funding Landscape for Northern NGOs’ here.

 

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Show Notes

NGO change management is challenging - to say the least. A conversation with Barney Tallack to help you learn from a pro

Bio Barney Tallack

  • Principal Consultant, Averthur Consulting
  • Former Director of Strategy, Oxfam International
  • Former Director for Change Management, Oxfam Int.
  • Multiple other leadership roles in Oxfam (spanning a career of 25 years within that organization)
  • Board member of Forest Peoples, Fairtrade Foundation and several other nonprofit boards

Quotes:

“The field of change management is huge and has no boundaries”

And on the financial implications of the pandemic for the global North-founded NGO sector: 

“Our own pre-existing conditions have exacerbated the financial implications of COVID-10 for the sector”

In this chock-full episode, we discuss:

  • How to use a ‘political frame’ in change management, and harness the power of ‘positive resisters’ and informal leaders (i.e. people who have lots of power within an organization, though not posititional power)


  • How the use of such a political frame is appropriate as long as we are very self-aware of how our identity as NGO staff is rather tightly wrapped up with our jobs

 

  • What does a people-centric approach to NGO change management entail?

We also discuss Barney’s recent paper on the financial implications of the COVID-pandemic for NGOs and the suddenly even more critical need for drastic change:

 

  • The “cognitive dissonance” of NGO staff in view of funding levels that had started to plateau and then decline well before the pandemic

 

  • How senior NGO leaders and their boards should act now to drive big change rapidly

 

LinkedIn profile Barney Tallack

You can also reach Barney at: barneytallack[at]gmail.com

Read his recent paper on ‘Existential Challenges in the Funding Landscape for Northern NGOs’ here.

 

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: 

Twitter            LinkedIn         Facebook