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When is a Partner not a Partner?

In Partnerships by Shelli Bischoff

(This post is part 1 in a month-long series on partnerships) Many nonprofit organizations and public agencies do their work in partnership with others. Not only are such partnerships seen …

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Strategic Planning Simplified

In Strategic Planning by Shelli Bischoff

The process associated with strategic planning often overshadows and undermines the usefulness of strategic planning as a tool. Overemphasizing process has led many to forget that effective strategic planning can help an organization: …

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More on Leadership vs. Management

In Leadership by Shelli Bischoff

In a recent post we outlined the differences between the functions of leadership and the functions of management. We discussed the importance of both functions within any organization, even though …

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The Basics of Sharing Leadership

In Leadership by Karen Buck

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 …

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Leadership – Practice vs. Style

In Leadership by Lisa Selzler

Leadership practices are those things all leaders do – the very things that make those individuals leaders. While a variety of opinions exist regarding what qualifies as a leadership practice, …

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Dust-Covered Plans

In Strategic Planning by Karen Buck

One question I always ask while preparing for any planning process is: “What needs to come out of this process for you to consider it successful?” Do you want to …

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How do You Make Decisions?

In Management by Lisa Selzler

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 …

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Deciding What Comes Off the Plate

In Management by Shelli Bischoff

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 …