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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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Boards, Strategy, Agenda

An interesting article this month in McKinsey Quarterly, “High-performing boards: What’s on their agenda?” The premise is that Directors report that they have a greater impact as they move beyond the basics. This rather goes without saying (no shit, Sherlock), … 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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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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Management by Fact – Like Losing Weight

I’m a believer in “management by fact.” What is it? It is simply the notion that decisions based on some numbers tend to be better than decisions based on gut feel. Is it always better? Nope. Is it susceptible to … Continue reading

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