Knowing that excellence does not result from occasional and unstructured activities, but rather through repeated and disciplined thoughts and actions, it is essential for organizations that truly desire to make a difference be committed to growing their processes from good, to better, to best. Unfortunately, the reality is that many of the organizations that exist to serve orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC):
- Struggle to achieve mission success
- Operate in an atmosphere of competition instead of collaboration
- Experience high rates of personnel burnout
- Sub-optimally use precious ministry resources
This most often is due not to a lack of desire and effort, but instead a lack of proper equipping.
Research by Harvard University, the Carnegie Foundation, and Stanford Research Center shows that 85% of job success comes from well‐developed people skills while only 15% comes from technical skills. Unfortunately, the data also shows that most people are not properly trained in these critical leadership and organizational development skills. In addition, they often do not possess the relationships and extensive networks necessary to effectively cooperate with other organizations to harness the power of teamwork and collaboration in pursuing best practices for serving OVC.
This lack of equipping creates an ineffective and inefficient environment where teams are not working to their full potential. As a result, they are not implementing the collaborative, best-practice strategies and procedures required to achieve the performance and results necessary to maximize mission effectiveness and attain the mission impact they truly desire.
This is a major issue given an organization’s success depends heavily on its people and their ability to make conscious, healthy decisions that are aligned with both their personal core values and the values of the organization. We exist to inspire and equip others and are fully committed to ensuring teams around the world working with OVC receive the training necessary to best strengthen their teams, and thereby empower them to help the children, families, and communities they serve to flourish.