October 17, 2016

Make sure you review the over-arching theory in my blog of October 3. With the over-arching theory in mind, take a look at these cage-rattling questions (CRQs), useful for any organization.

Keep this in mind:

  • “Ask tough and cage-rattling questions…questions that are a product of a fair dose of curiosity, a sense of humility, the strength to challenge the status quo, and the willingness to share… including the willing to challenge the status quo, and the willingness to share…including the willingness to relinquish privilege, resources, and power.” (Kelly Hurd, Cohort 19.)

Some of my favorite CRQs:

  1. Why is there so little movement on asking, exploring, answering?
  2. Where (and why) is there resistance? Is it fear of questions, fear of change, fear that there will be no answers?
  3. What is the nature of communications that builds understanding? (Cohort 15)
  4. How do we incorporate noble failure to build an adaptive, effective organization? (Cohort 15)
  5. How do we create cultures of accountability?

Who are these cohorts? Students (and graduates) of the Masters Program in Philanthropy and Development at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Great thinking, engagement, and commitment.

About Simone Joyaux

A consultant specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development, Simone P. Joyaux works with all types and sizes of nonprofits, speaks at conferences worldwide, and teaches in the graduate program for philanthropy at Saint Mary’s University, MN. Her books, Keep Your Donors and Strategic Fund Development, are standards in the field.

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