Entries for 'Bob Harrington'

Three Ways Real-Time Strategic Planning Advances Nonprofit Collaboration

Bob Harrington // Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Three Ways Real-Time Strategic Planning Advances Nonprofit Collaboration

Nonprofits face many pressures and opportunities that may lead them to seek a partnership in some haste, without fully considering how it may advance or derail their organizational strategy. Making Real-Time Strategic Planning (RTSP) part of the partnership development process gives organizations a practical way of ensuring that their strategic restructuring is, in fact, strategic.

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Strategic Planning
Tags: collaboration, strategic restructuring, strategy

When Merger Doesn't Add Up

Bob Harrington // Thursday, October 09, 2014

When Merger Doesn't Add Up

When nonprofits invest time and effort in merger explorations or negotiations, not getting to "yes" can be discouraging. But there is no reason to give up just because a merger doesn’t add up. Instead, consider the groundwork that has been set for forming any number of other kinds of high-impact alliances.

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
Tags: collaboration, mergers, strategic restructuring

Organizational Integration After Merger: The Merged Board

Bob Harrington // Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Organizational Integration After Merger: The Merged Board

When two or more nonprofits decide to merge, there is generally a lot of interest, inquiry, and work regarding the integration of staff and staff cultures of the organizations. The integration of the boards of the merging organizations can be equally critical, though it often does not receive the level of attention it deserves. The integration phase of bringing the organizations together must include establishing mutually agreed upon expectations and responsibilities for both the board as a whole and for individual board members coming onto the merged board. A board assessment framework can assist in the evaluation of potential changes that can enhance the functioning of the merged board and the organization as a whole, ensuring strong integration and setting the stage for success.

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
Tags: board development, mergers, integration

When a Nonprofit Merger is Deeply Personal

Bob Harrington // Thursday, September 12, 2013

When a Nonprofit Merger is Deeply Personal

Recently I had the privilege and pleasure to be involved in several negotiations processes that were deeply personal to the members of the boards of directors and leadership staff.   All such projects have a certain level of personal involvement; board members and staff are naturally attached to their organization and its mission, and sometimes have family or friends that have utilized the services. The depth of attachment can vary depending on the mission, programs, and communities served by the organizations involved. One project in particular really drove this home for me.  


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Categories: Nonprofits, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Our Clients
Tags: nonprofit consulting, mergers, strategic restructuring

Avoiding Groupthink in Nonprofit Partnership Negotiations

Bob Harrington // Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Avoiding Groupthink in Nonprofit Partnership Negotiations

As a life-long skier, one of my greatest joys is skiing the back country — out of bounds of a ski resort on a fresh powder day. This is where a skier finds fresh, untracked snow that has not been groomed by the ski resort. But this is also where there can be significant danger of avalanches. 

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Categories: Nonprofits, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
Tags: nonprofit consulting, organizational culture

Cold Feet: Second Thoughts in the Midst of a Merger

Bob Harrington // Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Cold Feet: Second Thoughts in the Midst of a Merger

In many merger explorations there is a time when one or both of the organizations experience some level of cold feet, usually toward the end of the process.

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
Tags: collaboration, nonprofit consulting, mergers, strategic restructuring