Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Prepare for Transition to Build on Your Group's Success

Darrel Ray wrote an article for American Atheist that's reproduced here (the PDF wasn't working so that's a Quick-View). Ray is an organizational psychologist so I was eager to see what he had to say.

The gist of it is this: right now we're in the middle of a super-successful expansion for secular groups around the country. I continue to be impressed by the energy and positivity of the post-1985 generation of atheists. So to make sure we keep this momentum, we have to talk about leadership transitions. That's the focus of Ray's article. He identifies both the stable, democratic form of secular organization as well as the family business, single-leader form. Both work, but transitions can be very hard for the second type. Over the next few years a lot of those very successful single-leader groups will face necessary transitions, and Ray offers some pointers to avoid pitfalls. A very useful read.

(H/T Debbie Skomer with the San Diego Coalition of Reason.)

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