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Leadership Lessons from the "Corner Office"

David La Piana // Monday, October 30, 2017

Leadership Lessons from the "Corner Office"

Leadership is full of paradoxes, and other takeaways from interviews with over 500 corporate CEOs. How do these findings resonate for nonprofit leaders, or how is nonprofit leadership different?

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Categories: Nonprofits, Commentary, Leadership, Trends
Tags: cross-sector, current events, research, private sector

Now Our Work is More Important Than Ever

David La Piana // Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Now Our Work is More Important Than Ever

On this morning I am writing to offer my solidarity with you and with all our clients and colleagues in the field. We will not give up, we will just work harder.

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Consolidation in National Networks Takes Heat

Melissa Mendes Campos // Thursday, August 18, 2016

Consolidation in National Networks Takes Heat

In the past week, news articles about two major national networks have raised the question of whether consolidation among their respective councils and chapters has done more damage than good. The concerns are real, but there's also always more to the story.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Change Management, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Commentary
Tags: current events, networks, organizational culture, strategic restructuring, strategy

Ear to the Ground, Eye on the Horizon: Notes from the Field

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Ear to the Ground, Eye on the Horizon: Notes from the Field

Over the past six months, we’ve had the good fortune to partner with more than 100 client organizations of all sizes, located across the nation, and serving a diverse array of social missions. Although each engagement is unique, a few common challenges and opportunities have surfaced that we believe are influencing the sector more broadly.

 

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Commentary, Trends
Tags: capacity building, diversity, implementation

Insights from 2014 and What to Expect in the Year Ahead

La Piana Consulting // Monday, February 02, 2015

Insights from 2014 and What to Expect in the Year Ahead

When we recently sat down with David La Piana to interview him for a staff profile, we thought it a timely opportunity to ask him about his reflections on the past year and what he anticipates in the year ahead for the nonprofit sector. Here are some highlights.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Change Management, Commentary, Trends
Tags: capacity building, nonprofit consulting, philanthropy, impact

What Do You Read to Lead?

David La Piana // Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What Do You Read to Lead?

Harvard Business School professor John P. Kotter is best known for his eight-step guide to navigating organizational change. His latest book, Accelerate, builds on the eight-step approach but introduces a whole new concept, one which I think has broad applicability to the nonprofit sector.

 

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Categories: Change Management, Commentary, Strategic Planning
Tags: innovation, management, organizational structure

What Do You Read to Lead?

David La Piana // Thursday, June 12, 2014

What Do You Read to Lead?

I strongly recommend Elevate to any nonprofit leader, worker, or funder. As always when reading a business book, you have to translate it into the nonprofit context, weigh which ideas are relevant or helpful, and then look for a few ideas that were new to you and that you can apply in your work. This book survives that test.

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Categories: Business Planning, Commentary, Strategic Planning, Trends
Tags: business models, nonprofit consulting, innovation, resources, strategy

Let Go What No Longer Serves You (or Your Organization)

Melissa Mendes Campos // Monday, May 19, 2014

Let Go What No Longer Serves You (or Your Organization)

Typically, we train our focus on what new skills, practices, or resources we need to acquire in order to be more effective leaders, boards, and organizations. And this is important, but it is equally important to ask ourselves what we should leave behind. 

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Categories: Commentary
Tags: innovation, vision

How do you do your best work?

// Thursday, May 01, 2014

How do you do your best work?

Personal productivity (and its link to organizational success as well as overall balance, fulfillment, and —dare I say — happiness in one’s life and work) is a huge interest of mine, so I very much enjoyed the wisdom collected in this month’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival on The Work Behind the Work, described by host Nancy Schwartz as “the methods and tools you use to stay focused, productive and happy on the job (or the barrier that keeps you from getting there).” In fact, I managed to be quite unproductiveproductive for a considerable chunk of time while reading all of the entries. (Learning is productive, after all!)

Here are a few additional tips and questions that I have shared with clients (and asked myself) over the years. 

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Tags: workplace

Diversity in the Social Sector: How do we get there from here?

Lester Olmstead-Rose // Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Diversity in the Social Sector: How do we get there from here?

Any understanding of how organizations become truly different leads me back to my own inadequacies. I’ve been in positions to help organizations make this change before. Where I’ve seen changes take place, that change often is not characterized by wide-ranging openness to diverse people. Instead, it looks like a change from one group of people to another. In other words, the group is still not truly diverse. In most other cases, very little true organizational change took place at all.


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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Commentary, Trends
Tags: demographics, diversity
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