BRYCE ON MANAGEMENT - Because we are not dedicated "for the good of the order." Click for AUDIO VERSION. To use this segment in a Radio broadcast or Podcast, send TIM a request. Shortly after I wrote a recent article regarding the problems my home owners association was experiencing, I received … [Read more...] about Why are Nonprofits Failing?
It goes well beyond insanity. One of my favorite quotes from Albert Einstein is his definition of insanity: “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” I’m afraid we see this too often, be it in companies, government or the general public. In other words, there is … [Read more...] about Failing to Act
I first wrote this article for FreemasonInformation.com back on March 11th, 2007. We tried it in my own Lodge shortly thereafter with remarkable results. The Craft was able to voice their opinions in a controlled environment, thereby stimulating participation and attendance, and helped officers … [Read more...] about Bryce’s Masonic Planning Seminar
Some Freemasons question why I post management topics in this forum. They find it difficult to understand what can be achieved by writing on such topics. I do so because I believe there are a lot of Freemasons who can learn from the world of management. To illustrate, consider the works of W. … [Read more...] about “Win/Win” – the mark of a true Fraternity.
Particularly in financial management. BRYCE ON NONPROFITS In 2014, a Vancouver Masonic Temple suffered through the embarrassment of an embezzlement of nearly $800,000 by its Treasurer. The Treasurer belonged to a Building Fund which housed various Masonic Lodges and youth groups. The … [Read more...] about The Need for Checks and Balances in Nonprofits
BRYCE ON MANAGEMENT - Why it is easier to be more reactive than proactive. Americans tend to be more reactive as opposed to proactive in their approach to life. I suspect the reason can be traced back to our Anglo heritage which historically has been hesitant to take decisive action. Consider how … [Read more...] about Reactive Management
Some management lessons from 1961. NOTE: This is from my consulting practice, but also has bearing on the management of a Lodge. One of the reasons AMC’s “Mad Men” television show is so popular is that it tries to authentically depict American attitudes and moods of the early 1960′s, including … [Read more...] about “Mad” Management
Hmm... I came across an interesting management study today that discussed the ineffectiveness of managers. This study is equally applicable to the fraternity and may give us some insight why the fraternity is floundering. In a study by academics Heike Bruch and Sumantra Ghoshal, they revealed some … [Read more...] about 10% Effectiveness
Probably the best way to differentiate between a commercial enterprise and a nonprofit organization is by asking, “Who serves who?” Whether it is a small business or a major corporation, the commercial enterprise is primarily concerned with serving its customers. In general, such companies will go … [Read more...] about Who Serves Who?
I have been actively involved with a wide variety of nonprofit volunteer organizations over the years, everything from professional trade groups, to local sports organizations, homeowner associations, and fraternal/civic organizations. There is one common denominator shared by such groups, namely, … [Read more...] about Transition of Power