How Competitive Advantage Translates to Nonprofit Strategy

La Piana Consulting // Tuesday, November 29, 2016

How Competitive Advantage Translates to Nonprofit Strategy

Identifying — and using — a competitive advantage is not about “winning” against other nonprofits in the field. It is a strength-based approach to strategy development, ensuring that your organization puts its best foot forward on behalf of its mission and those it exists to serve. This post draws from real examples to show how strategy can be about leveraging or deepening an existing competitive advantage, creating one where none could be identified, or combining strengths with another organization to further mutual goals.

 

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Categories: Nonprofits, Strategic Planning

Streamlining Board Committees

Melissa Mendes Campos // Monday, November 14, 2016

Streamlining Board Committees

Client Experiences with the “Three-Committee” Board Structure
Streamlining your board committees can result in reduced demands on board members and staff, closer ties to board leadership, and more intentional links between committee work and board agendas. But there's more to it. In this post, we caught up with three nonprofit leaders to learn from their experiences with the "three-committee" structure and what it has meant for their organizations — including its place as a part of larger efforts around board development and effectiveness.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Governance

Now Our Work is More Important Than Ever

David La Piana // Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Now Our Work is More Important Than Ever

On this morning I am writing to offer my solidarity with you and with all our clients and colleagues in the field. We will not give up, we will just work harder.

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Categories: Commentary

Planning for the Future of Nonprofit Boards: An Interview with Anne Wallestad

Makiyah Moody // Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Planning for the Future of Nonprofit Boards: An Interview with Anne Wallestad

In this interview, Anne Wallestad, President & CEO of BoardSource, talks with us about the organization's strategic direction, what it is learning, and its new initiatives to strengthen and support nonprofit leaders.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Governance, Leadership, Strategic Planning

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
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