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Planning for Partnerships and Collaborations
How to Measure Your Strategic Plan
Planning Your Year in Fundraising
Hire a Thought-Partner, Not an Outside Expert
How to Plan for A Recession
Why Systems are the Key to Growth
How to Center Disability Inclusion in Your Organization
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4 Kinds of Succession Planning
The Tension Between Measurability and Transformation in Planning
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What Does A Strategic Plan Cost?
Consulting that embraces Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access
Consulting that embraces Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Read More »
3 Tips to Jumpstart Your Values
Navigating Complexity in the Social Sector
How to Embed Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access into Grantmaking and Grantseeking
How to Frame Strategic Questions
Strategic Planning with an Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access Lens
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Designing Power: How to help Anti-Racism Take Root in Your Organization
Designing Power: How to help Anti-Racism Take Root in Your Organization Read More »
How to Achieve “Culture Fit” in an Inclusive Organization
How to Achieve “Culture Fit” in an Inclusive Organization Read More »
How to achieve distributed leadership
How to do Scenario Planning in an Uncertain Environment
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How to Manage A Remote or Hybrid Team
Resolve to Focus on Culture This Year
Culture is your hidden asset or weakness. In 2021, there is a need to focus on culture to repair the trauma experienced by your people in the past year. Read on for tips on how to address culture in a post-pandemic world.
Leadership Development for a New Normal
How much of your time is spent managing others instead of leading change? Are you ready to move from a place of managing people to leading with influence? No doubt leadership development looks very different today than it did a year ago. Here are some of the trends we see emerging in 2021 and some questions for reimagining your agency’s leadership strategy.
The Power of People-Centered Culture
In the 2020 workplace, people are fully showing up. Your employees are juggling more today than ever before, attempting to work, parent, teach, and survive—all while isolated from critical community resources and support. In this new working normal, how are you creating an environment where employees feel safe, seen, heard, and respected?
Is Your Organization Still Relevant?
It’s a provocative question, we admit. Yet this is a time when organizations must be wrestling with this question actively. There are three pillars of organizational health - read on to learn more about them!
Vu Le Got Us Thinking About Boards
The Role of Culture in Organizational Change
Given the rate at which we all deal with change on a daily basis, you would think it gets easier, but managing change remains challenging. Why? Because change is an emotional experience.
What is organizational culture – and how can it help promote anti-racist practices?
We cannot afford to overlook the importance of culture. How does culture manifest in your organization now? What culture practices can you aspire to this year to make your organization more inclusive? How can you consciously evolve your culture? Below, we explore these ideas in greater detail.
Time to Pivot Our Values About the Nonprofit Sector
A global pandemic, an economic recession and an exploding social justice movement are convergent forces calling on nonprofit leaders, funders and consultants to do our work differently going forward. For the first time in modern memory, we have an opportunity to reevaluate all of our assumptions, perceptions, procedures and systems.
Mergers & Alliances as a Strategic Tool for Mission Delivery
Are there just too many nonprofit organizations? Alliances can take many forms. In this post, we’ll detail some of the most common forms of alliances and why organizations might want to use them. The important thing here is to keep your mission delivery at the forefront of your rationale, and to summon the personal humility that brought you to nonprofit work in the first place.
Scenario planning as a tool for uncertainty
Planning for the New Normal
Is it too soon to begin thinking about the “new normal?” Organizations that are not ready to consider how Covid-19 will change our work are risking their future health and sustainability. We are grounding these recommendations in human care and empathy for now, and smart planning for what’s next.
Just Don’t Make Me Fundraise!
Resilience and the Need for Organization Design
It is likely that many organizations will have to make significant changes to ensure sustainability. If and when that happens (and we wish it didn’t have to), it is important to be smart about how that takes place. Enter: organization design.
How to Write a Great Mission Statement
You’re riding in an elevator with someone who asks what you do - you have about 3 minutes to answer them succinctly, powerfully, compellingly so they ask you more. What do you say? The role of a mission statement is to describe what you do in clear terms so the listener immediately “gets it.”
Are You Ready for a Recession?
All of the major news papers and sites are speculating that we might be heading towards the next recession. None of us likes to think about this possibility. We thought we’d share some stories of clients that are pursuing smart strategies to prepare themselves for this possibility.
How to Create Strong Strategic Plan Goals
Everyone struggles with how to articulate your strategic plan goals so they compel others to join you in your noble quest. How many organizations do you know that spend months and months and thousands of dollars only to roll out a plan with … meh goals? We’d bet the answer is too many. We’re setting out to change that.
How to Map Your Strategic Position
Do you know how to map your strategic position? The word “map” here literally means to try to create some visuals to help you picture where you sit relative to other organizations with similar missions. It is a way to help you understand your unique role.
How to Frame A Compelling Vision
Imagine coming to work every day full of purpose and conviction. The role of a vision statement is to serve as your true north, the motivation for working in the social sector, the difference you are in business to make. Here are some key questions to ask yourself when framing or refining your vision.
How and Why You Should Engage Your Stakeholders
Wouldn’t it be easier just to do the work and not have to worry about engaging people? Sure, it would be easier - and a whole lot less effective. How each nonprofit defines its community may vary, but the idea that the organization exists to serve a particular community is at the center of the nonprofit form. Here are some tips for how to manage these conversations.
Are You Paying Attention to Culture?
The best laid plans can be facilitated or foiled by organizational culture - the (mostly) invisible force that guides how people in your organization interact with one another and with those you serve. So if culture is invisible, how do you pay attention to it? Here are some tools to help you be more proactive about building a culture where people want to work with you and do their best work when they’re there:
How to Research your Market
What makes a plan “strategic” is that it takes into consideration what is happening in the world outside your organization and responds to that context. So what does it mean to research your market and how to do that? We break market research into several distinct pieces.
How to Ask Great Questions
In strategic planning, one of the most important events happens right up front - framing a set of relevant, purposeful, interesting questions that will inform your actions or critical decision-making. Here are a few guidelines for making sure you’re asking the best questions.
Look Under the Hood – How to Assess your Business Model
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How to Create a Strategic Plan
Ever wonder what strategic planning is or how to do it? This post is for you!
How to Design Your Strategic Planning Process
Strategic planning can take very different forms - how do you know which is best for your organization?
Our Leadership Development Program
We’ve spent the last four months building a thorough leadership development curriculum. This blog post shares what we have created.
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