"I Hate Strategic Planning"

La Piana Consulting // Monday, October 16, 2017

"I Hate Strategic Planning"

If you have heard this sentiment before, or if you share it yourself, perhaps it's just time to try a different approach.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Change Management, Governance, Strategic Planning
Tags: strategy

How to Get What You Need from an Organizational Assessment

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, September 27, 2017

How to Get What You Need from an Organizational Assessment

Organizational assessment is a critical component of capacity building, but different approaches present different advantages and limitations. Before investing time and resources, it is important to consider these relative to your specific needs. Here, we compare three common types of organizational assessment to help you in your decision making.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Change Management
Tags: assessment, capacity building, funders, organizational learning

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: An Interview with Lara Jakubowski

Melissa Mendes Campos // Thursday, September 07, 2017

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: An Interview with Lara Jakubowski

In this new post, we're excited to introduce Lara Jakubowski, Senior Consultant. Here, she shares a little about her passion for the sector, thoughts on trends impacting nonprofit sustainability, and the personal pursuits that connect her to family and community.

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Four-Element Leadership

David La Piana // Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Four-Element Leadership

Nonprofit leaders have four principal levers for moving their organizations forward, but when any one of these receives too much, or to little, attention or prioritization, the organization cannot perform at its best.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Leadership
Tags: human resources, management, organizational culture, resources

Five Quick Reads to Give Your Nonprofit a Midsummer Boost

Melissa Mendes Campos // Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Five Quick Reads to Give Your Nonprofit a Midsummer Boost

A collection of resources to spur fresh thinking for nonprofits, federations, and foundations.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Trends
Tags: business models, innovation, resources, social sector, strategy, vision

Seven Success Factors for Adopting an Advocacy Strategy

Doug Green // Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Seven Success Factors for Adopting an Advocacy Strategy

How can nonprofits successfully navigate the transition from a traditional direct-service role to advocate for systems-level change? This post describes key conditions for effective advocacy.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Governance, Leadership, Strategic Planning
Tags: advocacy, civic engagement, policy, social justice, social sector, strategy

Four Lessons for Effective Strategy Implementation

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Four Lessons for Effective Strategy Implementation

Developing sound strategy is not enough -- strategic priorities must be translated into action. Here are four lessons from one client's experience moving from strategy to success.

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Categories: Leadership, Our Clients, Strategic Planning
Tags: case study, implementation, management, organizational culture, planning, strategy

Funder Initiatives Open New Doors to Nonprofit Collaboration

La Piana Consulting // Thursday, May 11, 2017

Funder Initiatives Open New Doors to Nonprofit Collaboration

How foundations and other capacity builders are using a three-phase process of education, assessment, and exploration/negotiation to support nonprofits in implementing collaborative strategies.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
Tags: capacity building, collaboration, mergers, philanthropy, strategic restructuring

There Are No Shortcuts to Any Place Worth Going

Melissa Mendes Campos // Monday, January 30, 2017

There Are No Shortcuts to Any Place Worth Going

Nonprofits have never had so much to do with so much at stake, so we understand the impulse to respond and act quickly. But we also know that the wrong shortcut can put you on a road to nowhere. That's why it is critically important to balance action orientation with the thinking and preparation to give strategic direction to that action.

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Categories: Business Planning, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Strategic Planning
Tags: nonprofit consulting, decision making, implementation, planning, strategy, vision

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
Tags: competition, planning, strategy
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