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...
The Right Time for Change

The Right Time for Change

Isn’t it amazing how a few days out of the office can affect your outlook? Those days right after you return – when that deluge of emails seems like something you can realistically surmount – are truly precious. It’s a time we try to take full...
Board Engagement (or getting your board to do the stuff you need!)

Board Engagement (or getting your board to do the stuff you need!)

One of the most common complaints of Executive Directors is that their boards aren’t engaged. But what does that even mean? Usually it means board members show up once a month but are missing-in-action otherwise.Often it isn’t their fault that they are only meeting...
Organizational Analysis (or how to know what you need to know!)

Organizational Analysis (or how to know what you need to know!)

Mission-driven organizations operate in a complex environment. Operating in isolation from the world around you is no longer an option. Economic, political, and technological trends all have an impact on how you do business. Effective leaders know how to tap into...
Making your Strategic Plan Stick

Making your Strategic Plan Stick

Call it the post-planning let down. The excitement fades after the thrill and rush of the planning process. There’s another grant application to write, a board member with a great new idea, and staff members who are overwhelmed with both the old and new work. The new...
The Basics of Sharing Leadership

The Basics of Sharing Leadership

by Karen Buck and Cindy Willard We often think of leadership as a solitary exercise. Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher, Martin Luther King. Yet there are also great leadership teams – think Lewis & Clark or FDR & Eleanor Roosevelt. In today’s reality, most nonprofit...