5 Strategies to Take Your Organization to the Next Level

5 Strategies to Take Your Organization to the Next Level

Not all organizations can go-to-scale, but all organizations have inflection points when getting to the next level is appropriate—or even imperative. The term “next level” is generally associated with an organization’s lifecycles, moving from one stage to another like...
Yes, Nonprofits Can Lobby

Yes, Nonprofits Can Lobby

501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations can lobby. Seriously, we checked. Actually, we knew that already. But many people who work or volunteer for nonprofits believe that lobbying is prohibited. Lobbying and advocacy aren’t the right strategies for every nonprofit...
Leverage Your Capacity. Maximize Your Impact.

Leverage Your Capacity. Maximize Your Impact.

You already know that making an impact requires capacity. Without enough capacity, you are sitting in the driver’s seat with lots of exciting places to go, but no gasoline,… or engine. But if you want to really leverage that capacity and increase your...
What Strategic Partnership Really Takes

What Strategic Partnership Really Takes

More and more organizations and agencies are seeking new ways to work collaboratively. Whether in response to decreasing resources or as a way to make a bigger mission-related impact together, partnership is on everyone’s mind. But not all partnerships are created...
Planning is not Strategy

Planning is not Strategy

Planning is Comfortable. Strategy isn’t. I am a big fan of the Harvard Business Review. Sometimes its articles make me feel cynical; others make me exclaim in delight. But “The Big Lie of Strategic Planning,” by Roger Martin in the January-February 2014 edition...

The Meaning of Strategic

I am always amazed how frequently the word “strategic” is used – especially when it is used to describe plans, decisions, and actions that actually aren’t very strategic! In part, this happens because strategic is a buzzword. But, it also seems that many people...