Chamlee McGuire -
Leading Through Change
Leadership Coach & Consultant
Heightened Development is all about helping leaders navigate change.
Leading an organization to greater success often requires change and adaptation, but leaders are so busy managing, multi-tasking and struggling to make ends meet that it feels impossible to consider doing even something small a little differently.
Over the last 25 years I’ve served in non-profits of all sizes. In fact, I continue to serve as the CEO of a non-profit because I’m so passionate about making an impact. My background is social work, and I have always used my Master of Social Work on the macro or system side of things. System change is where we can see even broader impact. Some great leaders at Boston University where I obtained my degree helped me to embrace and better understand this perspective.
In almost all my roles, change has been a common theme. I started my career with a ministry center that could barely keep its doors open until the church it was attached to merged with another church, creating an entirely new center and 501c-3. I served a statewide organization in my early days, helping them try to figure out how to do collective impact before the word really existed in our industry. I was promoted to Executive Director in a small non-profit when they had only one funding source and could barely pay rent; in order to grow impact and revenue sources, we successfully expanded our service array. In my leadership roles I have: facilitated a merger between two non-profits and led the new entity into expanded services and much greater sustainability; led a 35 year old organization with only one service model to adapt and expand its scope; brought two organizations through accreditation for the first time in their more than thirty year histories; helped to build and implement six new programs within different organizations; restructured a Board of Directors to a true governance model; led an organization in revenue and program sustainability that changed its budget size from $750,000 to over 4 million, and more.
I’ve learned a lot through these experiences and I’m still learning. I still fail, but I fail less often than I did in the early days.
Most of us in this field have never had anyone truly invest in us, especially no one with good tenure in managing the challenges of the non-profit sector. 25 years in, I realize that I now have the skills to do this investing, and I am enjoying supporting other leaders to make this field even better. After all, the real change happens collectively!
I am skilled in navigating change, and I’d like to help you. It may be small change or big change. Help may come in the form of coaching, working through a strategic or operational plan, helping your board buy in to their fundraising and/or governance roles; developing clear processes in the midst of growth, creating a fundraising plan that you and your board feel equipped to implement; building a logic model with implementation processes; or best of all, guiding you from being a great manager to a great leader too (or in the case of some, from being a great leader to a great manager too).