What is your nonprofit’s organizational culture? According to Nick Kachiroubas, Ph.D., of DePaul University, you should have a collaborative culture.
Speaking during the National Catholic Development Conference’s (NCDC) 2014 Conference in Chicago, Ill., Kachiroubas defined organizational culture as the behavior of humans within an organization and the meaning that people attach to those behaviors. He said that having such a culture is important because it affects the way people and groups interact with each other.
While there are many different types of cultures, Kachiroubas espoused the benefits of what he calles a collaborative culture. He listed 6 benefits of this type of environment:
- New ideas
- Increased productivity
- Positive attitude
- Increased level of buy-in
In terms of creating such a culture, Kachiroubas said that you should focus on multiple areas, including leadership, vision/purpose, and overall culture of your organization.