Author Archives: Darren Bond

All Done

I have decided that this post is my last. I’m taking down my “shingle” as I wrap up my current contracting gigs over the next six months. It’s been fun. I left TELUS in late 2010 and started this blog right … Continue reading

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Small Non-Profits – Is a Balanced Scorecard Overkill?

It’s probably true that all organizations – big and tiny – go through what they consider a strategic review on a periodic basis. The process for this may be tight, it may be loose, but generally the people involved come … Continue reading

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Minutes: hours or days?

How long should it take for minutes to be published after the meeting is over? Is this a lightweight topic? Maybe. Still… I think it may be the rule more often than not that they’re “typed up” and distributed just … Continue reading

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Throwing out the question

Anyone who has been a meeting facilitator knows that there’s more to the job than meets the eye. At a basic level, there may be a fair bit of involvement in the logistics of the space – the room itself, or … Continue reading

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Failing Faster

Who doesn’t appreciate a good alliteration? The concept of “fail faster” seems to be popping up all over recently. Generally speaking, I think this is a good thing. What is missing, perhaps, is the add-on: succeed sooner. There’s really nothing new … Continue reading

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Confusing Goals and Purpose

I was recently reviewing a non-profit’s strategic plan and came away a bit puzzled. Everything was in order – sort of – but possibly too much so. How can that be? Too many words.

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Where is this project taking us?

It’s interesting to see projects that, although are intended to be initiated out of some kind of strategic planning exercise, are often almost pop-up items. Someone raises an opportunity that’s just too juicy to pass by; or, a senior person in the … Continue reading

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Strategically Appropriate Compensation

What are you worth? Who says so? I’m reminded of a scene from the great movie, Midnight Cowboy, the story of a young man, Joe Buck, who goes to New York from Texas to make a lot of dough as a … Continue reading

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Monthly management meetings: Should it be on the agenda?

If there’s nothing to report, should it be on the agenda? I’ve written posts in the past giving what I think should be the broad categories of topics that should be covered off at monthly management meetings. Following the Balanced … Continue reading

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Strategy in Summer – Are You Nuts?

So, August is a beautiful time of year in Canada and perhaps thoughts of strategy and execution are far away. Understandable. And yet we all know that often our best ideas come when we least expect it. In the shower; … Continue reading

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