Asking For More Podcast Episode 9: Let’s talk about POWER with Sarah Olivieri

In this episode Mazarine Treyz interviews Sarah Oliveri about Power- and what’s REALLY holding you back at your organization- Are you unconsciously recreating 1600s structures without questioning them? What’s up with that?

Episode breakdown:

2:00-Why nonprofits are asked to learn from businesses-but maybe THEY should be learning from US! 

4:00- Back to the 1600s-how did boards used to operate? Versus now?

12:30 WOW THIS blew my mind-Boards don’t have consequences for making bad decisions!

16:00 What creates the power bottleneck at your organization

17:15 Mazarine does Puritan cosplay

20:30 A new structure for boards, confirming not approving? 

30:00 Why we don’t give staff decision making power and why we should

38:30 You can help wealthy people by asking get…

39:45 Special message for consultants

40:58: How do you help people let go of power?

43:30  TOP quote of this episode: “By holding onto that power, you are causing yourself to be overworked, underpaid, and making a crappy impact at your nonprofit, and more people will suffer.” 

44:10 My challenge to leaders listening to this podcast

45:10 Distribute DECISIONS not POWER Structure to start with

Guest Bio: Sarah Olivieri

Sarah Olivieri is a nonprofit business strategist, #1 International Best Selling author, former Executive Director and creator of the Impact Method™.

Sarah received her BA from the University of Chicago with a focus on globalization and its effect on marginalized cultures, and holds a master’s degree in Humanistic and Multicultural Education from SUNY New Paltz.

Sarah has over 17 years of nonprofit leadership experience. She was the co-founder of the Open Center for Autism, the Executive Director of the Helping of War Foundation, and co-author of Lesson Plan a la Carte: Integrated Planning for Students with Special Needs.

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