If it takes 10,000 hours to get good at something, why aren't social change movements structured to attract and retain people for long enough to master this challenging work?
5 plus ones
Shared publicly•View activity
View 7 previous comments
- , that's a very interesting observation! Have you seen any data about relative longevity in different subsectors? (This is one of my current obsessions!)Jul 20, 2011
- Nothing comes to mind. Some folks have done ED tenure, that would be by nonprofit-subsector - I vaguely remember Compasspoint and Bridgespan doing something on ED tenure. A quick search didn't yield anything on tenure by nonprofit subsector for general staff.Jul 20, 2011
- Yeah, I've seen the stuff on ED tenure, but as I feared, this seems to be a woefully under-researched area. I suspect that is because we know subconciously that the findings would expose some gaps between our values and reality. Also because the data will be hard and expensive to gather.Jul 20, 2011
- I have to add at least one caveat: not everyone actually gets better after 10,000 hours. I'm sure I'm not the only one who can think of egregious examples of individuals and organizations within our sector who fail to learn from mistakes and keep making the same ones over and over.
However, I think that is right on, for the most part. We need to commit to long term efforts and to organizational learning.Jul 20, 2011
- , I don't doubt your experience, but my take on this based on my (admittedly limited) time working for/with human services orgs is that in general they have some very different funding streams than advocacy groups. Not many of the latter are getting federal block grant money or consistent year-over-year funding from the state to provide services (to name just 2 examples).Jul 20, 2011
- Absolutely agree. I think my point is they largely share the same project-based funding model. Though as you point out human services agencies probably see more longer-term funding via things like gov't contracts. Which might contribute to tenure, but I still think the culture thing is a player in there somewhere.Jul 20, 2011