“How do we know a vital organization when we see one? I’m not sure how, but we do.” And so, one of my favorite writers, Max De Pree, begins a chapter* on the attributes of vital organizations. Max ought to know. For many years he headed up the stellar Herman Miller office furniture company, and among numerous nonprofits, chaired the board at Fuller Seminary. I’ve come to know Max through secondary sources, his four leadership books and a friend of mine who has benefited greatly from a mentoring relationship with Max.
Anyway, I offer you his list, only as words and without explanations. I’ll let you work on their meaning in terms of organizations.
- Nourishment for Persons
- Workable Unity
- Beauty and Taste
- Fidelity to a Mission
Over the next couple of weeks I’ll quote Max and offer my take on these attributes.
*Max De Pree, Leading Without Power: Finding Hope in Serving Community (1997, Jossey-Bass) pp. 99-113.
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