Nonprofit Executive Academy

United Way of Northwest Louisiana offers current and emerging leaders of nonprofit organizations the chance to participate in an executive coaching program to improve their agency – United Way of Northwest Louisiana Executive Academy.  The goal of the academy is to strengthen the sustainability and educate nonprofits with essential skills and increase the capacity of northwest Louisiana nonprofits to serve their respective communities. The training is sponsored by BHP.

WHAT:  This series focuses on understanding your leadership, management and coaching styles; perfecting your professional persona through presentation skills; meeting facilitation; purposeful networking; staying positive when you have to be tough; and industry trends, planning and visioning.

WHEN:  Sessions begin February 20, 2018 and conclude June 19, 2018. Sessions are 9am to 3pm at the First United Methodist Church in the Hunter Building

COST:  $600 – United Way of Northwest Louisiana and the BHP are providing scholarships to cover the full cost of 12 nonprofits from Caddo, Bossier, DeSoto and Red River Parishes.

APPLY:  Any nonprofit leader of an organization in the 10 parishes we serve is encouraged to apply – they need not be a current or former United Way grant recipient. A max of 20 nonprofit organizations will participate in the training academy.   Apply at WWW.EMERGENTMETHOD.COM/UWNWLA-ACADEMY by November 24 Participants will be announced December 1, 2017.

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PRE-COURSE ASSESSMENT:  Hogan Leadership Assessments and development coaching

Understanding capabilities, challenges, and motives is the first step in any true leadership development initiative. In an effort to explore and understand these nuances and create a common language around which leaders can build development plans, each participant will complete a Hogan Leadership Forecast Series. Hogan’s trademark, development-focused assessment reports offer information regarding how a leader approaches work, leadership, and interaction with others in the workplace.

  •  The Potential Report provides insight regarding how others describe a leader’s day-to-day approach to work and leadership.
    The Challenge Report highlights stress- or complacency-induced response tendencies capable of impeding a leader’s performance.
  • The Values Report helps a leader understand the work-related motivators and values that likely influence a leadership style.
  • The Coaching Report offers a high-level summary of a leader’s performance strengths, values, and performance challenges and provides a template for development planning.

Upon completion of the assessments included as part of the Hogan Leadership Forecast Series, we will conduct a one-on-one coaching session with each participant. The coaching session will feature a review of the aforementioned reports with an emphasis on having each participant focus on the following:

  • Understanding strengths and potential: The coaching session will begin by focusing on a discussion of each dimension addressed in the Potential Report and how they each impact a different component of leadership performance.
  • Preventing derailment: Failed leadership is often the product of flawed interpersonal behaviors that prevent leaders from maintaining a productive team. This portion of the coaching session will include a focus on dysfunctional tendencies that can be mitigated through awareness and coaching.
  • Planning for future success: The coaching session will conclude with the development of a coaching plan for each participant that he or she can measure progress against as they move forward and continue to grow as leaders.



Understanding your leadership, management, and coaching styles and bringing that knowledge to your financial and board leadership

Leadership, Management, and Coaching Styles
This session will directly address the challenge of leading visionary teams, managing workflows, and coaching employees. Through group activities and an interactive discussion using group Hogan results, the participants will take away tangible tips on being effective executives with the utmost emphasis on leading employees of all personality types.
Objectives and activities include:

  • Interpreting Hogan results as a group and recognizing differences in team members’ personalities, challenges, and values
  • Activity: Lead, manage, or coach game
  • Working together as a team to support each other and the mission of the organization
  • Activity: Create a tower, create a team exercise to highlight working around and with strengths and weaknesses

Financial and Board Leadership
It is not uncommon for executives of non-profit organizations to come from the marketing or development or program departments, with only peripheral knowledge of the financial and business side of the organization. This session will review basics of financial statements and help participants begin to develop the skills needed to make assumptions and projections based on those statements. Also included in this session will be some discussion around governance and board interaction.
Objectives and activities include:

  • Financial statement review
  • Activity: Small group discussion and report out on concerns, opportunities, and trends revealed through the statements
  • Discussion about governance boards versus advisory boards and the roles each can play and legally must play in different organizations



Perfecting your professional persona through presentation skills, meeting facilitation and purposeful networking
Participants will learn and practice the art of speaking with impact, as well as maintaining control of meetings. Objectives and activities include:

  • Assessing audience demographics and gathering data to best deliver critical take-aways
  • Using storytelling and industry expertise to connect with your audience
  • Preparing visual aids and handouts and assessing the presentation setting
  • Becoming aware of nervous habits or crutch words that detract from message delivery
  • Preparing for and facilitating meetings including creating successful agendas and achieving meeting objectives



Emotional Intelligence, conflict resolution, and staying positive in tough times

Emotional Intelligence and Conflict Resolution
Building productive, reciprocal, professional relationships is essential to career and organizational growth. However, navigating relationships with others who have contrasting personality styles or backgrounds can be frustrating and potentially damaging. This session will provide the opportunity to discover your own personal best practices to help you emerge unscathed from conflict situations.
Objectives and activities include:

  • Understanding emotional intelligence and conflict resolution
  • Activity: Complete the Thomas Kilmann conflict resolution instrument
  • Activity: Finding common ground exercise
  • Assessing key contacts’ preferences and personality through their communication style
  • Using conflict situations as relationship builders and customer service opportunities
  • Activity: Operating in problem-solving mode as opposed to problem-spotting mode

Staying Positive in Tough Times
Making tough decisions is inherent in any leadership role. Whether its reducing staff, managing budget shortfalls, or letting go of long-held traditions, sometimes the best decisions for the organization are the least popular. How do you keep yourself and your team motivated through change and turmoil?
Objectives and activities include:

  • Promoting and reprimanding in the most constructive manner
  • Assessing communication best practices before, during, and after major changes
  • Activity: Case study on major change event and creation of communication plan
  • Identifying motivators and incentives for various employee groups
  • ·Activity: Create employee persona and motivation matrix



Industry trends, visioning, and closing ceremony
In our perpetually over-scheduled work lives, looking ahead is often overlooked. We know we should be keeping up with regional and industry news and planning for the future, but time is precious and today takes precedence over tomorrow. This session will provide dedicated time for discussion on how to bring successful strategic and succession planning to your department and organization.  Objectives and activities include:

  • Report out on hot topics and industry trends
  • Activity: Short-format presentations on top trends
  • Discussion about the importance of cross-training for succession planning
  • Activity: Create a succession plan map for your department
  • Visioning your organization in five years, ten years
  • Activity: What’s the headline?



Participants will be given the opportunity to debrief their experience and share take-aways from the series through individual presentations. Series facilitator will engage the group through a short keynote highlighting the growth of the participants throughout the workshops. Participants will receive a certificate of completion and each participant will be offered an invitation for a supervisor, team member, or board member to attend.