Leadership

Four Lessons for Effective Strategy Implementation

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Four Lessons for Effective Strategy Implementation

Developing sound strategy is not enough -- strategic priorities must be translated into action. Here are four lessons from one client's experience moving from strategy to success.

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Categories: Leadership, Our Clients, Strategic Planning
Tags: case study, implementation, management, organizational culture, planning, strategy

Planning for the Future of Nonprofit Boards: An Interview with Anne Wallestad

Makiyah Moody // Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Planning for the Future of Nonprofit Boards: An Interview with Anne Wallestad

In this interview, Anne Wallestad, President & CEO of BoardSource, talks with us about the organization's strategic direction, what it is learning, and its new initiatives to strengthen and support nonprofit leaders.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Governance, Leadership, Strategic Planning
Tags: accountability, advocacy, board development, diversity, initiatives, strategy

Strategic Restructuring and Culture Change: An Interview with HI USA's Russ Hedge

Makiyah Moody // Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Strategic Restructuring and Culture Change: An Interview with HI USA's Russ Hedge

In the second installment of this two-part interview, Hostelling International USA CEO Russ Hedge speaks with us about the organization's transformative experience of unification and leadership lessons learned.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Change Management, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Leadership, Our Clients
Tags: mergers, organizational culture, strategic restructuring

Building Resilience with Strategic Restructuring: An Interview with HI USA’s Russ Hedge

Makiyah Moody // Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Building Resilience with Strategic Restructuring: An Interview with HI USA’s Russ Hedge

HI USA is a nonprofit whose purpose is to inspire a genuine understanding of people, places, and cultures to create a more tolerant world. In this interview, CEO Russ Hedge speaks with us about his organization’s transformative experience of restructuring, leadership lessons, and the value of advocacy.

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Leadership, Trends
Tags: advocacy, market awareness, strategic restructuring, strategy

7 Questions for Nonprofit Leaders Considering Strategic Restructuring

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, June 15, 2016

7 Questions for Nonprofit Leaders Considering Strategic Restructuring

As a leader, are you ready to help your organization navigate a possible merger or similar strategic restructuring opportunity? Readiness is an important success factor in nonprofit partnerships. This post poses a few key questions to help executives anticipate and prepare for what will be demanded of them when navigating a strategic restructuring process.

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Leadership
Tags: strategic restructuring

The Dark Side of Collaboration

La Piana Consulting // Tuesday, May 03, 2016

The Dark Side of Collaboration

These “dangers” of collaboration constitute a dark side that we sometimes don’t want to admit to, that there are in fact serious hurdles when nonprofits seek to join together in the spirit of partnership. Often, joint focus on a shared mission will help overcome them. But we should not pretend that these very real obstacles don’t exist. After all, take it from Yoda: “Named must your fear be before banish it you can.”

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Categories: Nonprofits, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Leadership
Tags: collaboration

Build Better CEO/Board Chair Relationships (Book Preview)

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Build Better CEO/Board Chair Relationships (Book Preview)

Some time ago we posted a blog on how nonprofit CEOs and Board Chairs can partner more effectively, and learned that there’s a real appetite for resources on this topic. That’s why we’re looking forward to this weekend’s launch of John M. Fulwider’s new e-book Better Together: How Top Nonprofit CEOs and Board Chairs Get Happy, Fall in Love, and Change Their World. Read our mini-review here, and be sure to check it out for yourself.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Governance, Leadership
Tags: resources, social sector

In Appreciation of the Interim ED

David La Piana // Tuesday, July 08, 2014

In Appreciation of the Interim ED

An interim executive director can be a great idea for an organization whose incumbent leader has departed, or is planning to retire, and the board is considering whether to merge with another organization or to recruit its own next CEO. There is a natural rush to find a new leader in this situation, but the interim solution can give the board time to explore a partnership.

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Leadership
Tags: executive transition, mergers

What do you read to lead?

David La Piana // Thursday, February 27, 2014

What do you read to lead?
Colonel Chris Hadfield, author of An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, doesn't set out to write a book about leadership or management and he certainly does not intend to provide a guide for nonprofits. Rather he tells his own remarkable, very personal story: the journey of a nine-year-old boy growing up in Canada, a country that at the time didn't even have a space program, who becomes an astronaut.  His consistently witty, always entertaining and sometimes profound observations on the value of hard work, humility, and always sweating the small stuff can stand as lessons for us all.
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Categories: Leadership
Tags: resources

More than a Generational Shift

Brenda de Santiago-Stewart // Thursday, February 20, 2014

More than a Generational Shift

Many younger colleagues share an expectation that everyone can play a leadership role at different times, around different issues. And so, the opportunity to leverage this perspective exists within organizations. However, so does the challenge of determining how to do this most effectively. How can we harness this energy to better position organizations to remain effective in a changing environment? How can we create more space at the table, rather than forcing younger workers to wait their turn by extending the line of potential “leaders-in-waiting?” How do we support more experienced leaders to embrace new and different perspectives brought into the sector by what is more than merely a demographic shift?

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Categories: Leadership, Trends
Tags: generational shift, innovation, management, organizational structure, workplace
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