“The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”
This quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald is a particularly apt portrayal of the current reality faced by fundraiserstoday where a key to success is finding the balance between adapting to changing times while still maintaining an appropriate focus on current core business. This scenario creates a dynamic tension, one that is in part rooted in the past and present, another reflecting the future.
Now more than ever before, there is a need for organizations to be ambidextrous. A concept that has been around since the 1970s, organizational ambidexterity is the ability of an organization to “exploit the present” while simultaneously “exploring the future”.
And in exploring the future, what is also required, now more than ever before, is innovation.