The social sector has an urgent and essential role in affecting civil discourse and advancing the common good. Social sector enterprises must be effective in delivering their missions, efficient in stewarding funds, and resilient so as to overcome and grow stronger from the challenges they face. To achieve this alignment requires dedicated resources and attention.
From executive transition and capacity coaching to interim engagements and our unique term executive model®, Trellis Partners’ services help teams understand their infrastructure and enable them to manage the changes necessary to strengthen it.
When a grantee organization needs help to resolve sticky challenges or strengthen its infrastructure, Trellis Partners’ embedded term executive model® offers richer engagement than a consultant yet without the commitment of hiring a regular COO. The term executive takes responsibility for an organization’s transformation objectives, and leaves an organization with the capacity and readiness to manage its growth and change going forward.
For a period of six months to two years, the term executive engages as a regular employee, dedicated specifically to direct organizational change and drive the co-creation of conditions to sustain organizational effectiveness.
Four main principles undergird the distinct structure and methodology of the Trellis term executive model®:
Embedded leadership – The practitioner must be fully embedded in order to develop internal relationships, learning the emotional culture and experiencing the evolution along with colleagues and reports.
Inside-outsider perspective – An outsider working from within brings a unique and powerful perspective. They combine the invaluable loyalty of an insider with the critical objectivity of an outsider.
Time-bound intervention – Sustaining new organizational habits requires practice, and practice requires time. Yet by bounding the change effort within a two-year timeline, the Trellis model doesn’t assume intensive cultural change will continue indefinitely with the same intensity.
Work with what works – Even a struggling organization isn’t 100% entropy. Term executives find and leverage what works in leading staff to co-create the conditions they want and need for ongoing success. The Trellis term executive pulls together an internal campaign to facilitate synergies between program planning, business systems, leadership, and culture.
Our term executive model® is unique in the marketplace. For a term of roughly six months to two years, we embed expert practitioners as full-time employees on the executive teams of social enterprises to drive the creation of conditions for organizational effectiveness. We work ourselves out of a job. We leave organizations stronger than when we joined them.
Download Trellis Partners’ theory of change, Achieving Ongoing Effectiveness + Resilience in Social Enterprises, to learn more about our approach.