Board Culture Determines Your Organization’s Future
The Hive Collective works with your board of directors to create a board culture worthy of the purpose of your organization. This means that before we advise your board on issues of governance, we ensure that the culture of the board is structured for accountability and commitment to an alternative future.
As Peter Drucker said, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” If your board is not prioritizing the human factor in your governance, strategy, and implementation, your results will not reach the heights you had envisioned. Organizational culture happens whether you plan on it or not. No matter how hard you work on your strategy, it is the people who bring it to life that responsible for its success or its demise.
We prioritize these five principles for purpose-driven board leadership:
Purpose before organization:
Prioritizing the organization’s purpose, above the organization itself.
Respect for ecosystem:
Acknowledging that the organization’s actions can positively or negatively impact its surrounding ecosystem, and a commitment to being a respectful and responsible ecosystem player.
Committing to advancing equitable outcomes, and interrogating and avoiding the ways in which the organization’s strategies and work may reinforce systemic inequities.
Authorized voice and power:
Recognizing that organizational power and voice must be authorized by those impacted by the organization’s work.¹
Context is imperative:
Organizations become impactful when they choose to shift the context within which they act in the world.²
1. From BoardSource. The Four Principles of Purpose-Driven Board Leadership. Beth Ellen Holimon, Founder and CEO of The Hive Collective, is a BoardSource Certified Governance Consultant.
2. Peter Block, Community: The Structure of Belonging.
Why We Call Ourselves The Hive Collective
A honey bee is remarkable. She dedicates her short six week lives to something she will never see – the hundreds of pounds of honey that come her work and sustain the thousands of bees who come after her. Incredibly, she will only create 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime. Her drop of honey matters because it is part of something greater and she is working with thousands of bees who all contribute their small parts too.
Our company is called The Hive Collective because each of us brings an important perspective to creating change for nonprofits. Each of us sees how important it is for philanthropy and boards to change and we are bringing our 1/12 of a teaspoon to the cause to create something better.
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Beth Ellen Holimon
Senior Thought Partner
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