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Client Not Responsible

Client Not Responsible

Remember that time you called your doctor’s office and you got the hospital’s automated voice system. You landed in a type of purgatory where even if you pushed “0” for the operator, you might or might not get a human being. Well I landed there in a recent issue with...

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The Role of the Board in Strategic Planning

The Role of the Board in Strategic Planning

The final post in this series addresses another sacred cow. Over the course of my 34 year professional nonprofit career, I have constantly heard “it’s the Board’s job to design the strategic plan.” It’s time to rethink this and get clarity about the Board’s role in strategic planning.

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If not a SWOT, then what?

If not a SWOT, then what?

In the last blog, I challenged the usefulness of a SWOT analysis. However, there are some really useful tools that can be alternatives to a SWOT analysis. These ideas are really designed for organizations to create more insightful, responsive strategies by surfacing...

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No More SWOT Analysis

No More SWOT Analysis

Yep. It is time to tackle one of the sacred cows associated with strategic planning, the SWOT Analysis. You know the exercise. It is done in a board/staff retreat at the beginning of a strategic planning process. A facilitator draws a two-by-two matrix and labels each...

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Evaluators to the Front

Evaluators to the Front

So far in this series focusing on strategic planning, we have discussed the nature of the world we live in and talked about the VUCA environment. We have shared the importance of an organization defining values and associated behaviors. The next important thing to...

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The Importance of Organizational Values

The Importance of Organizational Values

Vision and mission are crucial elements in a strategic plan. Having a North Star can help a nonprofit grapple with the uncertainty and complexity of today’s environment. In addition to these two elements of a strategic plan, Partners for Impact encourages clients to...

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What is VUCA?

What is VUCA?

Students at the United States Army War College started using the acronym VUCA to describe the context of the post Cold War era. Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity all reached a new height after this era.The concept was applied to business in Bob...

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Strategic Planning in the Complex World

Strategic Planning in the Complex World

Over the last year, Partners for Impact has been submitting proposals for organizational strategic planning to a variety of nonprofit human service agencies. We have not been getting many of these gigs. While disappointing, the reason recently became clear when one...

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