The Crucial Elements of an Organization
This activity is an opportunity for individuals representing particular organizations to articulate and share crucial elements of their organizations. When unclear or not known, these elements can pose challenges to others in the midst of collaboration. This exercise is a way to get individuals talking about the “ins and outs” of their respective organizations.
Complete the following sheet to share and discuss with potential collaborators. Some of this information may be found in a standard organization description, but it is helpful for individuals to share the most updated information. The process of completing this form may also spark questions for the other collaborating organization(s).
Name of Organization:
Founded (date, by whom):
History of this funding (e.g. why a particular type of funding and not another):
List and briefly describe any major transitions within the organization that have changed the original mission of the organization (e.g. a name change, a merging, a change in leadership):
How and why were these formed? For what purpose(s) did your organization want to collaborate?
How do individuals most often communicate in your organization (e.g. meetings, email, phone)?
Are there any “rules,” “philosophies,” or “mottos,” that describe how your organization operates (e.g. “we never let an email go unanswered for more than 24 hours”):
My role in the organization can best be described as:
The people in my organization with whom I have the most contact:
The people outside of my organization with whom I have the most contact:
Three “quirks” about my organization that would be helpful to know: