Distraction Hurts Creativity*

Distraction Hurts Creativity*

“Most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you’ll have more time, and more tranquility. Ask yourself at every moment, ‘Is this necessary?” – Marcus Aurelius   I don’t know whether or not you think about your work as a creative endeavor, but...
Organizational Analysis and Systems Thinking

Organizational Analysis and Systems Thinking

We rely on organizational analysis with every client, with every project. It’s now we ensure they have the context needed to make informed decisions about the future of their organization or agency. The key to doing good organizational analysis is to examine the...
Context and Organizational Analysis

Context and Organizational Analysis

In our work with clients, we make a concerted effort to say what we actually mean. But jargon happens to everyone. It serves as handy verbal shorthand; a quick turn of phrase that communicates a lot of important things at once. One phrase we use a lot at Conservation...

How do You Make Decisions?

We cannot be all things to all people. Successful organizations (agencies, programs, etc.) focus on who they are, what results they need to achieve, and who they need to engage as constituents. In order to be successful, how will your organization handle making the...
Deciding What Comes Off the Plate

Deciding What Comes Off the Plate

One of the most important steps in strategic planning happens after you create your strategic plan. If you used your planning process to actually make strategic decisions, then you must ask: “Based on what we do now and our plans for the future, what comes off the...