Strategic Restructuring and Culture Change: An Interview with HI USA's Russ Hedge

Makiyah Moody // Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Strategic Restructuring and Culture Change: An Interview with HI USA's Russ Hedge

In the second installment of this two-part interview, Hostelling International USA CEO Russ Hedge speaks with us about the organization's transformative experience of unification and leadership lessons learned.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Change Management, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Leadership, Our Clients

Building Resilience with Strategic Restructuring: An Interview with HI USA’s Russ Hedge

Makiyah Moody // Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Building Resilience with Strategic Restructuring: An Interview with HI USA’s Russ Hedge

HI USA is a nonprofit whose purpose is to inspire a genuine understanding of people, places, and cultures to create a more tolerant world. In this interview, CEO Russ Hedge speaks with us about his organization’s transformative experience of restructuring, leadership lessons, and the value of advocacy.

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Leadership, Trends

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: An Interview with Mike Allison

Melissa Mendes Campos // Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: An Interview with Mike Allison

In this edition of our staff interview series, we talk with Mike Allison, Senior Manager, about the parallels between community organizing and organizational development, as well as nonprofits’ growing advocacy role, and the latest book informing Mike’s ongoing inquiry and practice of strategy.

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Categories: Our Team

Consolidation in National Networks Takes Heat

Melissa Mendes Campos // Thursday, August 18, 2016

Consolidation in National Networks Takes Heat

In the past week, news articles about two major national networks have raised the question of whether consolidation among their respective councils and chapters has done more damage than good. The concerns are real, but there's also always more to the story.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Change Management, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Commentary

Where Collaboration Meets Communication

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Where Collaboration Meets Communication

In nonprofit collaborations, alliances, and strategic restructuring, effective communications can significantly improve the process and outcomes, while poor communications can sabotage success. Make sure your collaboration avoids common pitfalls with these ten key characteristics of effective communications in nonprofit partnerships.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Change Management, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring

Ear to the Ground, Eye on the Horizon: Notes from the Field

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Ear to the Ground, Eye on the Horizon: Notes from the Field

Over the past six months, we’ve had the good fortune to partner with more than 100 client organizations of all sizes, located across the nation, and serving a diverse array of social missions. Although each engagement is unique, a few common challenges and opportunities have surfaced that we believe are influencing the sector more broadly.

 

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Commentary, Trends

7 Questions for Nonprofit Leaders Considering Strategic Restructuring

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, June 15, 2016

7 Questions for Nonprofit Leaders Considering Strategic Restructuring

As a leader, are you ready to help your organization navigate a possible merger or similar strategic restructuring opportunity? Readiness is an important success factor in nonprofit partnerships. This post poses a few key questions to help executives anticipate and prepare for what will be demanded of them when navigating a strategic restructuring process.

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Leadership

Charter Schools Make Smart Use of Strategic Alliances and Restructuring

Makiyah Moody // Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Charter Schools Make Smart Use of Strategic Alliances and Restructuring

Charter schools have generally been born out of the vision of a founding team consisting of individuals who bring a deep commitment to the community they’ll serve and a particular approach to educating students. It’s a highly personal undertaking — so how could collaboration among charter schools strengthen the sector when so many exist due to the independent ideas and investments of a few?

I predict mergers in the charter sector will become more prevalent over the next three to five years, as the political landscape and financial climate continues to change. However, mergers are not the only option.

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: An Interview with Doug Green

Melissa Mendes Campos // Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: An Interview with Doug Green

ln this latest post in our series of interviews with the La Piana team, we spoke with Doug Green, Senior Consultant, about his experience in the sector, how nonprofit financials tell an important story, and his own storytelling pursuits.

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The Dark Side of Collaboration

La Piana Consulting // Tuesday, May 03, 2016

The Dark Side of Collaboration

These “dangers” of collaboration constitute a dark side that we sometimes don’t want to admit to, that there are in fact serious hurdles when nonprofits seek to join together in the spirit of partnership. Often, joint focus on a shared mission will help overcome them. But we should not pretend that these very real obstacles don’t exist. After all, take it from Yoda: “Named must your fear be before banish it you can.”

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Categories: Nonprofits, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Leadership
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