Getting to Know the La Piana Team: Lester Olmstead-Rose

// Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: Lester Olmstead-Rose

This blog post is part of our ongoing series introducing the La Piana team. This week I spoke with Lester Olmstead-Rose. Lester joined La Piana Consulting in 2005 and is based in San Francisco, CA.

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Categories: Our Team

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: Brenda de Santiago-Stewart

// Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: Brenda de Santiago-Stewart

This blog post is part of our ongoing series introducing the La Piana team. This week I spoke with Brenda de Santiago-Stewart. Brenda joined La Piana Consulting in 2011 and is based in Providence, RI. 

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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

Nonprofits’ Fractured Partnership with Government

Jo DeBolt // Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Nonprofits’ Fractured Partnership with Government

The Urban Institute Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy recently issued its National Study of Nonprofit-Government Contracts and Grants 2013: State Profiles. In the introduction to the study the authors say, “Governments and nonprofit organizations partner to provide needed services in communities across the country. Contracts and grants are the mechanisms governments use to fund these partnerships.” Reading the report, one can only conclude that government at all levels is a lousy partner.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Trends

Nonprofit Branding and Identity: What’s In a Name?

La Piana Consulting // Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Nonprofit Branding and Identity: What’s In a Name?

The work involved in a nonprofit merger is significant, and its potential is profound. It is important to recognize the role of identity and branding in setting the stage for success.

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Our Clients

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

Strategic Planning in Idaho Public Schools: What if schools led change?

Jo DeBolt // Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Strategic Planning in Idaho Public Schools: What if schools led change?

The state of Idaho now requires all school districts and public charter schools to develop and maintain strategic plans, as one of several recommendations from a Governor’s Task Force to improve student performance. On May 6, 2014, La Piana's Jo DeBolt joined the ED Sessions 2.0, a monthly speaker series for Idaho educators, for “What if schools led change?” a discussion about strategic planning for schools. 

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Categories: Strategic Planning

The Y Changes the Game, Emphasizes Youth and Preventive Health

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, May 07, 2014

The Y Changes the Game, Emphasizes Youth and Preventive Health

We were happy to see Y-USA featured in The Chronicle of Philanthropy last month with two articles on how the organization has refocused its mission to make a more measurable difference in people’s lives. Not only has the revitalization of its national brand updated its role from that of a recreational resource to an innovator in preventive health, it offers one of the best examples to date of a nonprofit adapting to health care reform.

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Categories: Change Management, Our Clients, Strategic Planning

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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Categories: Commentary

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
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