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Turning ideas into solutions the role of a nurturing culture

Turning ideas into solutionsThe role of a nurturing culture


Part of a global ymca movement

Part of a Global YMCA Movement


Turning ideas into solutions the role of a nurturing culture

An idea is a network


Here s an idea

Here’s an idea!


My learning s

Photo

Here’s a solution!

My learning's


My learning s1

Photo

My learning's


Some elements of success

Due diligence & Business Case

Board engagement

Relationships

Organisational Culture

Understanding the appetite for risk

Some elements of success


Turning ideas into solutions the role of a nurturing culture

Due diligence but

Minimal engagement

High engagement

Board engagement in innovation

Greater

engagement

Monitoring & understanding

Close monitoring


Ideas to solutions the closed structure

Policy

Audit

Risk Management

Strategy

Ideas to solutions - the closed structure


Ideas to solutions the open structure

promoting creativity & entrepreneurship

accepting risk

encouraging teamwork

fostering learning and change

facilitating networking and communications

Ideas to solutions - the open structure


Beyond the self enforcing structure

Openness

Clarity

Engagement

Accountability

Beyond the self-enforcing structure


Turning ideas into solutions the role of a nurturing culture

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The need for a solution

The need for a solution

  • Excessive lease costs

  • Significant financial drain - $400,00 p.a.

  • Short-term programs & Non-recurrent funding

  • Needed to engage children for longer

  • Need for a permanent facility (Investment)


Turning ideas into solutions the role of a nurturing culture

Here’s a solution!


What were the top three factors which contributed towards success

What were the top three factors which contributed towards success?

  • A staff member who would not let go of the idea

  • A former CEO who generated a $1.3 M donation

  • An entrepreneurial  board that recognised the opportunity to make a long-term difference to an entire community, and were willing to take a risk in an unfamiliar area of operations.


What were the top three factors which didn t work or could have worked better

What were the top three factors which didn’t work or could have worked better?

  • We spent 5 years chasing all levels of government for financial assistance. 

  • We sought some corporate sponsorship / discounts in building materials etc, but received very little. 

  • It took a team of other staff to help research and investigate the concept, and finally develop a viable model. Learning – you need a good team, not just an individual!


To what extent was the board a part of this innovation process

To what extent was the Board a part of this innovation process?

  • Our board has a history of working closely with the CEO and staff to investigate ideas that are not always mainstream YMCA activities.

  • There was a high level of trust from the board.

  • Our board processes and communications are very transparent, and so there is very little that the whole board is not privy to.


Turning ideas into solutions the role of a nurturing culture

Here’s an idea!

50 kids every year.


Here s a solution

Here’s a solution!

  • To do what no other YMCA had ever done –

  • acquire a commercial business (a swim school), and convert it to a charitable purpose.


To what extent was the board a part of this innovation process1

To what extent was the Board a part of this innovation process?

  • Checked that project aligned with Mission and Vision

  • Checked risk profile and resource allocation


To what extent was the board a part of this innovation process2

To what extent was the Board a part of this innovation process?


What were the top three factors which contributed towards success1

A strong vision, strong analytics, and strong partnership between the board and staff;

A good dose of "innovative bravery"

Primarily however it was the people and relationships that work.

A strong team of trusted advisors

What were the top three factors which contributed towards success?


Turning ideas into solutions the role of a nurturing culture

Take as long as you need to get things right… these were 3 to 5 year projects!


The common threads

Maintain your “self-enforcing” structure (policy, risk management, due diligence etc.)

Build an open structure to overlay your formal one.

Be aware of your Board’s and your staff’s appetite for risk

Have a clear engagement (communications) strategy

Have a team around you that will test you

Be patient – take as long as you need.

The common threads


Turning ideas into solutions the role of a nurturing culture

  • Ron MellChief Executive Officer YMCA Australia

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