There’s a well-known parable which says that if you drop a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will immediately try to climb out. However, if you place it in warm water and turn up the heat very slowly, it doesn’t perceive the danger it’s in. The frog stays in the saucepan and eventually boils to death*.
The moral of this story is that it isn’t just frogs which sometimes fail to detect change until it’s too late.
Today the temperature of the voluntary and community sector ‘saucepan’ is rising. The Boiling Frog is for small and medium-sized charity ‘frogs’ seeking to understand and adapt to the challenges we face.
There is just one goal, which is to help you succeed. This blog is about sharing learned strategies so that your organisation can make that leap to a more sustainable future.
*Biologists have disputed how true this is, but we love frogs so please don’t try it at home. . .
It’s all around us. What do we do about staff burnout?
We may be near the end of the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK, but it has taken a mighty toll on the wellbeing of workers everywhere. Time and again I am hearing from senior managers in the voluntary sector that they and their staff are at breaking point. And there’s no sign yet of things getting better.
Troubleshooting a tired or difficult board of trustees
I have been lucky enough to work with – and on – some good boards in the charity sector. That may surprise you, given that trustees generally come in for a lot of flak – not least from their own CEOs and senior managers. The thing is, good boards don’t happen overnight. You achieve them with patience, care and forethought.
Thought of the week
Charities are no different to any other sector in that they are being challenged by the rise of digital. But their slowness to adapt means they face being left behind. Whatever the size of your organisation, the time to engage is now.
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