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Leaders and Managers

In Board Development, Evaluations, Strategic Planning by Geoff Burns0 Comments

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

In Evaluations, Leadership, Strategic Planning by Geoff Burns0 Comments

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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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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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 …

Forces for Good Book Review

In Book Review, Evaluations by Geoff Burns

By Senior Consultant, Kristy Burns I started this review as part of a class project. As I finished the assignment, I felt that the entire review deserved to be referenced here for all of you. Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits Book Review Written by Leslie R. Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant This review is based on …