When one of my clients – let’s call him Bill – first became the CEO a large nonprofit the organization was floundering. For a long time it was led by people who had the best of intentions but not the strategic outlook or discipline to truly optimize the organization’s mission. The leadership team (LT) was comprised of talented individuals, but they were a group of managers all with their own interests, agendas and loyalties, only interacting when necessary. Bill was also unknown and had a starkly different personality and management approach than his predecessors, which initially engendered resistance in the entire culture, including the LT.
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Clients often hire me to guide them through the strategic planning process. A Strategic Plan illuminates an organization’s vision and can become a compass that helps to navigate all important decisions and activities. It engages the staff, board, funders and other key stakeholders and assures that everyone is moving together in the right direction. Given all these benefits, shouldn’t every organization engage in the process? Actually no. This three-part series explores the primary easons for organizations to forgo strategic planning (for now).
Just so I can get the confession out of the way – yours and mine – I just returned from a fantastic week in Mexico City. I left several days after launching the podcast that I’ve been working on obsessively between clients and sleep for months. There was still so much to do, I struggled in deciding whether to go.
“If we’re not able to tell our story we’re not able to connect with other people who will truly benefit from it.” – Scott Jackson, CEO, Global Impact and the Leadership Insights Podcast first guest.
Twelve years ago a friend working in a publishing company asked me to share my immigration story in a book for grade-schoolers. I remember answering all kinds of questions about my family’s immigration journey and, along with childhood pictures in the former Soviet Union and subsequent life in the U.S, it was all published in […]
Need a little validation today? Don’t we all! This video from YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbk980jV7Ao is one of those cute, goofy and exceptionally heart-warming films you’ll be glad you spent 13 minutes watching!
Growing up in an immigrant family – who came to the U.S. with nothing but a few suitcases, $200 and speaking no English – I learned that hard work, struggle and discipline were honorable. I studied and worked like crazy, even when I wasn’t enjoying it, firmly believing that with enough sweat and determination I […]
A few years ago I was asked in a Washington Business Journal interview about the best and worst aspects of networking in D.C. The answer was the same, “It’s a really small town.” So if you’re well-liked, it’s great because the word gets around. And if you’ve messed up, guess what! I constantly meet people who know me (or of me) in the most unlikely places – metro, airports, even the Lion King-the-musical (and yes, those hyenas are just as scary on stage as on the big screen!)
Being a complete and utter technophobe I dread the day – inevitably afflicting my existence every several years – when my phone or computer tells me in no uncertain terms that it’s about to retire. It probably goes without saying that when this occurs I have no idea what’s out on the market or what […]
First of all, happy New Year and welcome to 2014! I hope it will become your most fulfilling, lucrative, successful and joyful year yet! I am really not sure what happened to 2013 or my resolution to consistently post interesting, entertaining and insightful posts to this blog. I believe this is proof, once again, that […]