The Myth of Setting Priorities

The Myth of Setting Priorities

One of the most frequent requests we get from executive directors, managers, and employees is to help them set priorities. The request, on the surface, is logical. Somehow, if we just all knew, and agreed to priorities, it would solve the not-enough-time-in- the-day...
Inclusivity in Organizations

Inclusivity in Organizations

Imagine an organization with 35 staff spread across 5 states. As part of their internal discussions on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), they decide to adopt a flatter organization structure to align with their commitment to operating in a more...
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...
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...

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...