Category Archives: strategic planning

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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Bosses?

There was an interesting article in the New York Times “Magazine” section called, Who Needs a Boss? It’s worth checking out. One premise is that there are different kinds of organizations in terms of needing “high-priced” help. If you’re in … Continue reading

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Execution needs momentum

It’s, umm, easy to come up with a great strategy and declare to the people: make it so. After the martinis have been drained, there’s still the issue of putting your money where your mouth is; that would be resources: … Continue reading

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Bonus time?

It’s December and the end of the year is close. Leaders start thinking about their year-end financial results. Are we in the red or the black? One of the key topics that will come up involves employee compensation, be it … Continue reading

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Whatever… However…

I think we’re all familiar with teenagers who roll their eyes and say “whatever…” when they think you’ve said something totally irrelevant. In the grown-up world much the same thing happens, but it might better be spoken as “however…” Let … Continue reading

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Betwixt and Between: Q3

Poor third quarter: two-thirds of it is trying to get people to pay attention. July and August are hard enough to get three people to a meeting let alone hold a reflective review of the organization’s strategy execution. No matter. … Continue reading

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Vision. Then what?

As much as the word vision causes a certain rolling of the eyes, it almost inevitably becomes a requirement that an organization can’t avoid. If there isn’t some sense – renewed periodically – that everyone knows what the ultimate goal is, … Continue reading

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The Start of Another Year

So. Another year. If, by chance, you haven’t already established your strategic plan for 2013, now’s a good time to jump in and get it done before you’re completely swamped with day-to-day activities.

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Top-down Versus Bottom-up: Defining Success

Whether you’re an applicant or a grantor, a senior executive or an operations manager, there is often an uncomfortable mismatch in deciding how to gauge success of a proposed change in a process or a new project. Why? Partially, there’s … Continue reading

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