One thing we all know we can count on is CHANGE! We are about to have a change of seasons and a change of plans!
You may have heard that the discussions between Marlboro College and Bridgeport University have concluded and the decision has been made to not pursue a merger between the two organizations. Marlboro’s board and leadership team have learned much during the process especially: which Marlboro characteristics are important to retain, what are the qualities of an ideal partner for the future, and clarity about preferred sustainable business models. The Marlboro team has already pivoted to taking these learnings and continuing the process of designing a sustainable path forward. Our team at the Center for New Leadership/Common Good Vermont is hopeful that our larger institution can and will identify that clear path to our mutual sustainability and, if necessary, a more appropriate partnership opportunity.
Our team at CNL/CGVT, want you to know that in the meantime, we will continue to develop and deliver high-quality programs to Vermont’s mission-driven community, work with the sector to ensure our offerings are relevant and timely, and ensure that our business model is financially sustainable. In the event you are also experiencing significant changes in your organization, work or life, here are some resources that we have found helpful as we navigate a changing landscape:
- Third Sector New England: Best Practices for Managing Change: Resources from Nonprofit Experts
- NonprofitQuarterly: A Lesson in Change Management from the Gates Foundation
- Grantspace: Change Management From the Inside Out
- Book: Change by Design, by Tim Brown
- Harvard Business Review: Secret to Leading Organizational Change is Empathy
- TCC Group: Change Management Strategies to Help Leaders Make the Most of Uncertain Times
The CNL/CGVT Team
“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”
― Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol