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Mission Drift

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As an organization ages, it is not uncommon for it to experience “drift.” Drift can be a natural process of the shifting landscape with which an organization operates. A controlled approach to change is not really the same as drift, however. The March of Dimes comes to mind. Their original purpose was to eradicate polio, which for all intents and …

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Leaders and Managers

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Much has been written on the subject of leaders vs. managers. It is likely that what you are reading today is nothing new, but hopefully you can take the information and glean something new for your organization to help improve your role in leadership (or management). It is often said that “leaders have people that follow them, but managers have …

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The Next Chapter

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It is hard to believe that we are coming to the close of the year and before long the snow will fly, we will get an extra hour of sleep that will be taken away in the spring, and new year’s resolutions will be made and then later forgotten. However, there is one thing that comes to mind when times …

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Death by Micromanagement

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When it comes to achieving results, management is needed. Goals need managed. Resources need managed. Programs need managed. People need managed. (See the trend here?) The reality is that everything needs some sort of management. Entropy is the natural increase in disorder in a system. Management is the process by which we try to limit or mitigate the disorder into …

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Importance of Assessments

In Evaluations by Geoff Burns

When your board of directors gets together, do you ever assess your organization?  If the answer is “no,” then you need to make it a priority. Highly functional non-profit organizations do many things but today I want to focus on just one of them. The assessment is a tool that helps to determine strengths and weaknesses of the organization. An …

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SWOT-External Analysis

In Board Development, Evaluations, Strategic Planning by Geoff Burns

Continuing on from the internal analysis post, this month I want to focus on the external environment. As you should now know, the internal analysis is all about assessing your organization from the inside (strengths and weaknesses). The internal environment is what you can control. The external environment you cannot control. The “O” and “T” of the SWOT are the …

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SWOT-Internal Analysis

In Board Development, Evaluations, Strategic Planning by Geoff Burns

Ah yes, the SWOT analysis. IF you don’t already know what that is, SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. This analysis breaks down in to two different components, the internal (strengths and weaknesses), and the external (opportunities and threats). For the purposes of this post, we will focus on the internal environment. Before we begin to analyze the …

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How to Tie a Shoe

In Board Development, Evaluations by Geoff Burns

For organizations that are under duress, board members frequently avoid the crucial issues and get sidetracked on mundane concerns. Think for example the process of bringing in a new Executive Director. In most cases, new Executive Directors do not get the support and “Onboarding” needed to fully integrate in to the culture and mission of the organization. (Click here for a …