Mission: To advance the understanding, practice and development of leadership for the benefit of society worldwide.
I have been working at CCL (Center for Creative Leadership) full-time (More than 3 years)
- Great people who care about you (they are pretty much family)
- Great work life balance if you are hourly. Flexibility to work from home
- Amazing time off package (paid time during office closure from Christmas to new year in addition to holidays and PTO)
- Beautiful office space, ocean view and walking trails nearby
- Growth opportunities. If you prove your worth, there are chances for upward movement (at least if you start at entry level).
- Strong new hires in executive team who will hopefully turn our financials around
- Nonprofit salary: Low pay and incredibly challenging to negotiate salary, even if you are pulling 2x your weight (and you prove it multiple times)
- Accountability - some people have been around for decades, demoralize others because of how little value they add, and should really go
- Constant budget limitation = almost no company sponsored events to celebrate staff or people. It happens from the grassroots level, but for a company that trains others on how to do better for their people, this is inexcusable.
- Lack of processes, ancient systems and everyone doing their own thing. No clear voice in the noise telling us where we are going, how and why.
Advice to Management
Stop this mentality of "we were the best and are now perpetually struggling". Let's own our strengths, work candidly on our weaknesses and get over it. Pick a direction, tell us how and why we are going. Stop chasing every shiny spoon. And cut down on the strategy meetings that are unclear or not holding anyone accountable. Seeing those happen so often without concrete results is sad.
We should focus more on connecting back to our mission, and reminding employees why we exist as an organization. No company can do it all (well, not with our budget anyway). Focus on what we are good at and knock it out of the park. Give people tools, invest in them. You'll be surprised at what they bring back.
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at CCL (Center for Creative Leadership) (Colorado Springs, CO) in October 2016.
The interview process took nearly 2 months and included a phone screen, a one on one in-person, and panel interview with a presentation. CCL has thorough interview process that I would rate as more rigorous than average. Unfortunately there was no offer made to me or any other candidate, because CCL changed their mind on the skills and experience they were looking for. The team at CCL was very transparent about there decision and gave an opportunity to have a follow up discussion regarding their decision.