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Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning: Deciding How to Decide

Ray Gagnon | Posted 02.18.2015 | Business
Ray Gagnon

Planning teams are invariably composed of very high-achievers with significant egos who hold strong opinions about all aspects of the business, its operating environment and each other.

Can You Afford Not Being Sustainable? (Part I)

Alexander Karaiskakis | Posted 02.05.2015 | Green
Alexander Karaiskakis

There is a misconception of sustainability as solely an ecological related subject, which is not the case. On the contrary, there are a range of definitions and applications.

10 Tips for Year End Strategic Planning

David Finkel | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Strategic planning is essentially making the tough decisions on where to invest your business's resources (money, staff time, staff focus, customer attention) and where you won't invest your business's resources. Here are 10 tips to do it better.

Can Nonprofit Boards Afford to Underinvest in Management Leadership Development?

Eugene Fram | Posted 02.06.2015 | Business
Eugene Fram

Nonprofit board member interviewees were not included in the study. Obviously boards would need to approve the budgets to achieve these objectives. But boards have some major cultural restraints.

Are You Going to be Blindsided by the Future?

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 01.26.2015 | Business
Lisa Earle McLeod

We've all been there. Things are running smoothly, then whack, seemingly out of nowhere you get hit over the head. You lose your job, your competition takes away your best business or someone in your personal life drops a bomb on you.

An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure

Tom Sheridan | Posted 11.30.2014 | Business
Tom Sheridan

"What are the major social risks in my business?" and "Who are the partners I need to help mitigate that risk substantively and publicly?" and "What's the public policy goal we can partner around?"

Can a Nonprofit Find Strategic Ways to Grow in Difficult Times?

Eugene Fram | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

Nonprofits have always had to struggle to meet their client needs, even when economic conditions and social turmoil were much less constraining than today. How can mid-level nonprofits uncover growth opportunities in the present environment?

Better Board Governance. Is It the Same for Both Business and Nonprofit Organizations?

Eugene Fram | Posted 11.19.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

Several modest contrasts between the two entities reside in the relationship between board and staff. Many nonprofits are small organizations, with the staff being only one or two organizational levels below the board.

What Can a Nonprofit Chair Do to Fix a Dysfunctional Board?

Eugene Fram | Posted 11.13.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

There are times when the governing body of any organization may appear to be "broken." The directors, whether for profit or nonprofit, may be polarized -- progress is stunted -- apathy and confusion replace purpose and efficiency.

Don't Fix Management; Replace It

Great Work Cultures | Posted 11.05.2014 | Business
Great Work Cultures

Some of us took advantage of that freedom and blew off some of our classes or even entire courses. But most of us learned how to make the choices that gave us both a good time and a good education.

How Do You Bring About Real Time Strategic Change?

BJ Gallagher | Posted 10.28.2014 | Business
BJ Gallagher

How to bring about organizational change is one of the chief challenges of my own consulting clients, so I sat down with Jake Jacobs recently to get his take on how to be an effective change agent, and how to facilitate positive organizational change.

Strategic Planning: A Question of Executive Alignment

Ray Gagnon | Posted 10.14.2014 | Business
Ray Gagnon

Whenever we're hired by a client to conduct a strategic planning process, we recognize, from the beginning, the first pre-requisite for success: quite simply, it is executive alignment.

How Does a Nonprofit Board Know When a CEO Is 'Just Minding the Store'?

Eugene Fram | Posted 10.03.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

Making changes in the governance or operations of a nonprofit is difficult; culturally changes can only take place after a long tenured CEO leaves.

Do Nonprofit Board and For-Profit Boards Face Similar Major Challenges?

Eugene Fram | Posted 08.30.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

The answer is yes! Although the nonprofit's objective is to develop maximum impact for its mission, while the business organization wants to maximiz...

Can Nonprofit Boards Suffer From Agenda Deficits?

Eugene Fram | Posted 07.11.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

In a recent study of 772 for-profit and nonprofit directors from around the world, McKinsey & Company found that 25% of the sample assessed their ...

Can a Lead Director or Trustee Help Improve Nonprofit Board Performance?

Eugene Fram | Posted 07.04.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

I believe a lead director or trustee can help improve nonprofit board performance when one or more of the following situations hamper board effectiveness and/or efficiency.

Pay Attention to the Weather of Business and Life, and Don't Steer Into an Iceberg

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 06.14.2014 | Business
The University of Central Florida Forum

Strategy applies equally well to both business and our individual lives. Research indicates that most businesses fail to hit their goals due to poor strategic planning. It is the No. 1 reason for business failure.

Strategic Planning: Hire a Referee So You Can Be a Player

Ray Gagnon | Posted 05.25.2014 | Business
Ray Gagnon

There's an ambient contradiction in your desire to make your deliberations candid, open and egalitarian while at the same time insisting on serving as the head 'traffic cop' who just happens to have the biggest title in the room.

A Weak Winner

Lubna Najjar | Posted 05.13.2014 | Small Business
Lubna Najjar

How about the times you failed on your way to the top and how those situations taught you to do it better? How about the times you said 'no' when you should have said 'yes' to a business deal or a decision of profit building potential?

Make 2014 Your Best Year Yet (In an Hour or Less)

Dike Drummond, M.D. | Posted 02.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Dike Drummond, M.D.

Here at the end of 2013 is the very best opportunity to devote some time (about an hour in this case) to planning 2014 as your best year yet. This bl...

Strategy, When It Isn't

Irv Katz | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Irv Katz

Nonprofit organizations are a lot more like businesses than one might think. There really is a bottom line, for example. It is achieving the results the organization is funded for and achieving the financial results that are set by the board annually.

Are You Strategically Living Your Life?

Judith Johnson | Posted 11.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

Don't give up because life is different or harder than you expected. Just alter your expectations and plans as needed and expect that to be part of the process. After all, it's not so much about reaching the finish line as it is a matter of developing your skills and abilities and doing your best.

Why Martin Luther King, Jr. Did NOT Say, "I Have A Plan"

Daniel Burrus | Posted 10.28.2013 | Business
Daniel Burrus

When Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial fifty years ago and spoke to a great people about their greater future, he did...

sustainABILITY simplicated (sAs) Step 4: Wiggle Your Big Toe

Cortney McDermott | Posted 10.20.2013 | Business
Cortney McDermott

Place one goal in each month to make your plan digestible and realistic. Then identify the exact steps to achieve the goal for the current month: What steps do you need to take each week to ensure you reach your end-month goal?

Making the Leap From Entrepreneur to Leader of a Professionally Managed Business

Paul Bernard | Posted 10.21.2013 | Small Business
Paul Bernard

If you choose to see your venture through its transformation from a growing start-up to a professionally managed firm, prepare yourself for a second, equally important, and potentially more challenging transformation.