They may be as a result of internal developments (e.g. loss of key staff or Management Committee expertise) or external developments (e.g. a reduction in funding sources). The leadership role of the Management Committee in ensuring that the organisation is able to move smoothly through a period of change is crucial
Managing change effectively
Voluntary organisations encounter many milestones including:
The operating environment for organisations is continually changing. This change may be in government policy or in social trends, it may be legislative. The Management Committee has a key role to play in ensuring that an organisation is aware of the environment. This can be done through being well linked in with other organisations and individuals and ensuring that committee members are keeping up to date with trends and changes in the environment.
Thinking strategically as a management committee involves analysing the organisation's internal and external environment and being responsive to change. Sometimes the challenges which these present will require making some difficult decisions regarding activities, services or the overall role or function of the organisation.
In these circumstances, the committee must be able to stand back and take a strategic view of the options open to them.