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Strategic Planning

Successful Leadership Retreats

Todd Lapidus | Posted 06.19.2015 | Business
Todd Lapidus

Strategic leadership retreats are best when simple in design. Sometimes we outsmart ourselves creating complexity when a straightforward approach is better for the purpose at hand. With a clear roadmap it is much easier for everyone involved to pay attention and contribute.

Your Strategic Plan: How To Keep It Relevant

Ray Gagnon | Posted 06.16.2015 | Business
Ray Gagnon

Most serious business leaders would readily acknowledge the importance of developing a thoughtful strategic plan for their business. As Lewis Carroll put it in Alice in Wonderland, "If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there." And that's not a very strategic way to run a business.

Top Factors for Improving Nonprofit Directors' Board Experiences

Eugene Fram | Posted 05.27.2015 | Business
Eugene Fram

Spencer Stuart, an international placement firm, recently asked 500 directors who serve on for-profit boards to name the top factors that would reasonably improve their board experience. Their answers also resonate in the nonprofit arena.

7 Steps to Transform Your Life

Dr. Nella Ann Roberts | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Nella Ann Roberts

Transforming your life involves going beyond the way you live, co-creating a better life for yourself, and changing the way you live. You do this by using your thoughts, visualization, words, faith, actions, or a combination of them.

Strategic Planning: Nonprofit Board Orphan?

Eugene Fram | Posted 05.03.2015 | Business
Eugene Fram

The absence of a strategic planning process endangers a nonprofit's future growth and stability. Making that process a priority in nonprofit board operations involves selecting and training board members to appreciate its importance to the ongoing success of the organization.

Strategic Planning: Establishing a "Baseline"

Ray Gagnon | Posted 06.21.2015 | Business
Ray Gagnon

In our line of work as management consultants, we're brought in from the outside and, at the outset, may have very little knowledge of a company's situation or its leaders.

Strategic Planning: Deciding How to Decide

Ray Gagnon | Posted 04.19.2015 | 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 04.06.2015 | 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 03.23.2015 | 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?