Strategic Planning

There Are No Shortcuts to Any Place Worth Going

Melissa Mendes Campos // Monday, January 30, 2017

There Are No Shortcuts to Any Place Worth Going

Nonprofits have never had so much to do with so much at stake, so we understand the impulse to respond and act quickly. But we also know that the wrong shortcut can put you on a road to nowhere. That's why it is critically important to balance action orientation with the thinking and preparation to give strategic direction to that action.

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Categories: Business Planning, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Strategic Planning
Tags: nonprofit consulting, decision making, implementation, planning, strategy, vision

How Competitive Advantage Translates to Nonprofit Strategy

La Piana Consulting // Tuesday, November 29, 2016

How Competitive Advantage Translates to Nonprofit Strategy

Identifying — and using — a competitive advantage is not about “winning” against other nonprofits in the field. It is a strength-based approach to strategy development, ensuring that your organization puts its best foot forward on behalf of its mission and those it exists to serve. This post draws from real examples to show how strategy can be about leveraging or deepening an existing competitive advantage, creating one where none could be identified, or combining strengths with another organization to further mutual goals.

 

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Categories: Nonprofits, Strategic Planning
Tags: competition, 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

Three Ways Boards Advance Nonprofit Collaboration

La Piana Consulting // Thursday, January 28, 2016

Three Ways Boards Advance Nonprofit Collaboration

Board members play a unique and integral role in identifying collaboration as a strategic option, exploring opportunities, and negotiating meaningful partnerships that can advance the organization's mission.

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Governance, Strategic Planning
Tags: collaboration, decision making, strategy

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

The Value of Being "Strategically Opportunistic"

Lester Olmstead-Rose // Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Value of Being "Strategically Opportunistic"

Very strategic organizations are smart about scanning for and responding to opportunities — that’s part of being strategic! But mastering the balance strategy and opportunity demands that organizations be intentional about building their intended future. So…for every opportunity, how do you respond strategically?

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Categories: Nonprofits, Change Management, Strategic Planning
Tags: decision making, strategy

To Get the Right Answer, Ask the Right Question

La Piana Consulting // Thursday, October 23, 2014

To Get the Right Answer, Ask the Right Question

Identifying your Big Question is one of the five key principles in La Piana Consulting’s Real-Time Strategic Planning approach to strategy development. But what do we mean by that, and how can it help your organization define a solid strategy?

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Categories: Strategic Planning
Tags: capacity building, planning, strategy

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

Your Nonprofit Is In Competition

Melissa Mendes Campos // Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Your Nonprofit Is In Competition

As beneficial as it has been for nonprofits and foundations to embrace collaboration, it has also made it difficult for the sector to have open conversations about competition. But the fact is, nonprofits are in competition on numerous fronts and on an ongoing basis, not just at grant time.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Business Planning, Strategic Planning
Tags: competition, market awareness, strategy

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
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