Institutional Intelligence: How to Build an Effective Organization

  • 8h 33m 18s
  • Gordon T. Smith
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2020

Institutions matter. They give us an opportunity to have an influence for the common good that far outlasts us. But we often assume that institutions are at cross-purposes with dynamic communities, with personal vocational calling, and with core human values. We view them somewhat cynically as, perhaps, a necessary evil.

Institutions, far from that, remain essential to human flourishing. They are the very means by which communities thrive, individual vocations are fulfilled, and society is changed for the good. As a result, we all need to learn how to work effectively within institutions.

That is just what Gordon Smith provides. He unpacks the core of institutional intelligence - the wisdom of working effectively within an organization. At the same time, he explains how team leaders, directors, executives, board members, key stakeholders, and employees can avoid what is often their greatest source of stress on the job - working with the institutional character of their organizations.

In this Audiobook

  • 1. The Meaning of Institutions
  • 2. Mission Clarity, Part 1: Affirming the Institutional Charism
  • 3. Mission Clarity, Part 2: Discerning Institutional Identity and Purpose
  • 4. Governance That Works, Part 1: Making the Right Things Happen
  • 5. Governance That Works, Part 2: Finding Wisdom, Making Decisions
  • 6. The Right People: Recruiting, Developing, Empowering
  • 7. A Generative Institutional Culture: Fostering Hopeful Realism
  • 8. Financial Equilibrium: Making Economic Sustainability a Priority
  • 9. A Place to Be: Creating Built Space
  • 10. Strategic Partnerships: The Synergy of Collaboration