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

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

New Realities Point Us Back to the Fundamentals

Vance Yoshida // Thursday, January 30, 2014

New Realities Point Us Back to the Fundamentals

When we asked emerging leaders last spring How must the social sector adapt to succeed in meeting 21st Century challenges and opportunities? we handed each a long list of issues and trends that are shaping a “new reality” for nonprofits and foundations.  Yet when today’s up-and-coming social sector professionals told us what they thought it would take for organizations to succeed in this new reality, we were struck by how some of the most powerful answers brought us not to the latest cutting-edge trend, but back to the fundamentals.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Trends

An Opportunity to Reflect

David La Piana // Friday, January 17, 2014

An Opportunity to Reflect

It is all too easy to get consumed with our own lives and our own work, but as we commemorate social justice and civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. let us take time to stop and think about the kind of country we are becoming – and how we can help make it right.


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Categories: Commentary

Spotlight on Governance…and Communication

Melissa Mendes Campos // Thursday, January 16, 2014

Spotlight on Governance…and Communication

The effective sharing, communication, and analysis of information is the fulcrum upon which the rest of a board’s performance hinges. Our technology-enabled information economy poses as many opportunities for more effective communication as it presents challenges: we have more tools at our disposal to share information, but less bandwidth to filter, absorb, and give thought to this information to turn it into decisions, actions, and results.

As nonprofit boards take stock of their priorities for the coming year, we suggest lifting up communication as an area to examine.

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Categories: Governance

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

Resources for Social Enterprise Done Right

// Friday, December 20, 2013

Resources for Social Enterprise Done Right
It is exciting to see the extent that social enterprise — everything from “double bottom line” businesses operating within a nonprofit structure to separate-but-affiliated for-profit ventures — has taken off in many corners of the sector.
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Categories: Nonprofits, Trends

Sector Blur Expands Opportunities for Impact

Rosalyn Allison-Jacobs // Thursday, December 19, 2013

Sector Blur Expands Opportunities for Impact

In 2009, La Piana Consulting began exploring transformational forces in the social sector from multiple perspectives.  With support from the James Irvine Foundation, we first conducted research and interviewed thought leaders to identify five emerging trends, the ways that they will reshape the social sector, and the core competencies of social sector organizations that will thrive in the convergence of those trends. Earlier this year, as an extension of that exploration we partnered with Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) to capture in Doing Good in the 21st Century the perspectives of young leaders in philanthropy on what social sector organizations will need to succeed in the 21st Century. Not surprisingly, we found echoes of some of the same themes continuing to reverberate five years after our first study – one of these is sector blur. 

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Categories: Trends

Taking Stock: Questions for Nonprofit Leaders

La Piana Consulting // Thursday, December 19, 2013

Taking Stock: Questions for Nonprofit Leaders

The end of the year is a natural time to think about how far we’ve come and where we’re going next. For nonprofit leaders this is not only a good practice for professional growth — it can also benefit the organization. But with precious little time and unrelenting demands, how should a leader focus this kind of self-inquiry to fit it into their busy year-end schedule? Our staff compiled this list of questions to help nonprofit leaders take stock, glean insights, and yield meaningful results.


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Categories: Leadership

Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring: A Retrospective

La Piana Consulting // Thursday, December 19, 2013

Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring: A Retrospective

Nonprofit partnerships are a major focus of our business at La Piana Consulting (and have been since our inception), so we recently sat down to look at this work for what trends, stories, and lessons might emerge. Based on a sample of our past 50 consulting engagements in which collaboration or strategic restructuring played a central role, we can see how collaborative strategies are evolving across the sector. Take a look at what we've found, and chime in with your feedback!

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
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