Performance Practice For Consultants

Performance Practice for Consultants

Performance Imperative Organizational Self-Assessment

An accessible way to support organizational practice improvement for high performance

Consultants who help nonprofits and public-sector agencies improve their organizational performance can use the Performance Practice as a framework for working with clients that want to get better at delivering results for the people or causes they serve.

Building on seven organizational disciplines necessary to achieve high performance, the Performance Practice provides a series of proof points—concrete behaviors and specific practices—that help your clients improve.

The Performance Practice’s modular design and comprehensive proof points help you facilitate organizational self-assessment, individual and collective reflection, and identification of strengths and opportunities to improve organizational performance and results.

How Can You Benefit
from the Performance Practice?
Ways for Consultants
To Use the Performance Practice

Using the Performance Practice allows you to engage clients more effectively in your efforts to:

  • Discuss their strengths and opportunities in the context of high performance
  • Encourage openness to creating meaningful changes in organizational practice, people, and culture
  • Support clients’ efforts to improve organizational performance and results.

Use a Discussion Guide Developed by 50+ Experts

Rely on an objective discussion guide developed with the collective expertise of 50+ nonprofit practitioners, researchers, funders, and consultants. The Performance Practice is the result of a collaborative and rigorous process.

Use a guide that has been vetted by leaders like your clients and consultants like you.

Get a Comprehensive Picture of Organizational Performance

Get a comprehensive view of the extent to which your clients have adopted concrete organizational behaviors and practices that underpin high performance in each of seven disciplines. The Performance Practice will help you understand organizational strengths and opportunities.

Define consulting engagements that move your clients forward on the path to high performance.

Prompt Deep Client Engagement in Support of Practice Change

When you engage your clients in using the Performance Practice, you’ll produce more than a high-quality deliverable—you’ll help your clients reflect, learn, and acquire insights into their own organizations’ strengths and opportunities.

Build on your clients’ understanding and engagement to help them create lasting improvements to organizational practices.

Adapt an Accessible and Transparent Approach to a Wide Range of Projects

To advance its purpose of inspiring, motivating, and supporting nonprofit and public-sector leaders to build great organizations for greater societal impact, the Leap Ambassadors Community makes the Performance Practice available as a complimentary product.

Use selected modules—or parts of modules—in the ways that work best for specific projects and clients.

You can even encourage your clients to engage in a self-guided improvement process in areas that have bearing on their goals but fall outside the scope of your consultancy.

While nonprofit leaders can use the Performance Practice on their own, many find that outside facilitation is helpful. As a consultant, here are some ways you can incorporate the Performance Practice into your services:

  • Board and leadership development: Invite the board and executive team to complete the board and executive leadership module (or one of the other modules) before a board retreat. Analyzing the results will give you a thorough understanding of perceptions—and the degree to which they diverge. Use the information to prepare the agenda and facilitate a retreat that involves candid discussion, learning, reflection, and getting on the same page about strengths, needs, and plans.
  • Strategic planning: Use the Performance Practice to help an organization reflect on where they are—and where they want to go—in preparation for strategic planning. This could involve completing, or simply reviewing, selected or all modules of the Performance Practice. Schedule a retreat or a series of meetings to facilitate discussion, priorities, and plans.
  • Fundraising: While writing excellent proposals and nurturing donor relationships are critical to successful fundraising, the ability to deliver meaningful, measurable, and financially sustainable results over time can set an organization apart in a competitive fundraising environment. Recommend that your clients go through one or several modules of the Performance Practice—whether you facilitate or they do it on their own—to help them see their own strengths and needs and then chart a path to higher performance. Using the Performance Practice can help you and your client better articulate their needs, make a sound case for general operating support or capacity-building funds, and better position the organization to seek competitive funds.
  • Organizational development: Whatever the area in need of development—from financial planning to evaluation—the Performance Practice can serve as a structure for team learning and organizational development. Guide organizations through self-assessment, analysis, reflection, and improvement. The degree of your involvement may vary depending on the organization’s needs.

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Module 1
Leadership

Introduction

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Module 2
Management

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Module 3
Programs and Strategies

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Module 4
Financial Sustainability

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Module 5
Learning Culture

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Module 6
Internal Monitoring

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Module 7
External Evaluation

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