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Interfaces are the Key to Collaboration Success

October 11th, 2016 by

Collaborations can be powerful and often essential tools when addressing complex issues. Unfortunately, many collaborative efforts achieve only limited success and some are ineffective. Many attempts at collaboration have instead painfully drained the precious time and leadership focus nonprofits cannot afford to waste. The situation is similar whether addressing new challenges across multiple teams within   Read More…

Leveraging Power: How to Find the Balance in Partnership Convening

February 14th, 2014 by

Usually, conveners of nonprofit or cross-sector partnerships are institutions with power. To avoid dominating the group and thereby discouraging member engagement, the conveners often reign in their power. But in so doing, they forego some opportunities to leverage their power in ways that would achieve better outcomes for the partnership. I am using the term “convener”   Read More…

So They Can Stand On Your Shoulders

October 24th, 2013 by

At a board orientation that I supported, a long-tenured board member summarized the reasoning behind the specific wording of the vision and mission to new board members. The board chair, who was also helping give the orientation, enthusiastically remarked that it was very helpful for him to hear this explanation. He had come onto the   Read More…

Avoiding the Vision Trap

October 2nd, 2013 by

What is a vision? Put simply it is an organization’s desired future state. Many leadership teams work hard to create a vision statement that works in concert with their organization’s mission statement. Often, however, this well-intentioned exercise results in an overly general statement that does not support creation of the strategy needed to achieve it.   Read More…

How Does Change Happen?

August 8th, 2013 by

How do organizations change? As managers, we like to feel that we have change under control. If we put a good plan in place, resource it correctly and monitor progress against objectives, we should realize the desired changes. Most of us, however, do not need to look far to find examples where our organizations evolved   Read More…