Commentary

Foundations – Hold the Line (Or Better Yet, Step Boldly Beyond It)

David La Piana // Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Foundations – Hold the Line (Or Better Yet, Step Boldly Beyond It)

David La Piana, Managing Partner, talks about an important topic that many foundations are grappling with during our current COVID-19 related stock market slump.

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Tags: coaching, learning communities, organizational learning, resources, strategic restructuring, strategy, workplace

Clumpers vs. Splitters – Two Poles in Strategic Thinking

David La Piana // Thursday, March 5, 2020

Clumpers vs. Splitters – Two Poles in Strategic Thinking

David La Piana, Managing Partner, discusses the concept of clumping vs. splitting and the ways in which this dynamic can impact your thinking and conversations about strategy. 

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Tags: coaching, learning communities, organizational learning, resources, strategic restructuring, strategy, workplace

Measuring Love: Discussing the Brown Paper by Shiree Teng and Sammy Nuñez

David La Piana // Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Measuring Love: Discussing the Brown Paper by Shiree Teng and Sammy Nuñez

How do you measure love? Shiree Teng and her co-author Sammy Nuñez blow up the concept of evaluation as an attempt at precise measurement and an effort to find objective truth.

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Categories: Commentary
Tags: advocacy, community, initiatives, resources, social justice

Thriving on Chaos: How to Adapt to Rapid Change

Lara Jakubowski // Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Thriving on Chaos: How to Adapt to Rapid Change

Organizations with business models based on long-standing predictable revenue streams are grappling with forces that threaten to undermine their ability to pursue or even maintain current efforts toward their mission. What's the right response when your business model becomes--dare we say it--obsolete?

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Categories: Nonprofits, Change Management, Commentary, Trends
Tags: arts, business models, current events, economy, financial model, innovation, market awareness, strategy, sustainability

Leadership Lessons from the "Corner Office"

David La Piana // Monday, October 30, 2017

Leadership Lessons from the "Corner Office"

Leadership is full of paradoxes, and other takeaways from interviews with over 500 corporate CEOs. How do these findings resonate for nonprofit leaders, or how is nonprofit leadership different?

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Categories: Nonprofits, Commentary, Leadership, Trends
Tags: cross-sector, current events, research, private sector

Now Our Work is More Important Than Ever

David La Piana // Wednesday, November 9, 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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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
Tags: current events, networks, organizational culture, strategic restructuring, strategy

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

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, July 6, 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
Tags: capacity building, diversity, implementation

Insights from 2014 and What to Expect in the Year Ahead

La Piana Consulting // Monday, February 2, 2015

Insights from 2014 and What to Expect in the Year Ahead

When we recently sat down with David La Piana to interview him for a staff profile, we thought it a timely opportunity to ask him about his reflections on the past year and what he anticipates in the year ahead for the nonprofit sector. Here are some highlights.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Change Management, Commentary, Trends
Tags: capacity building, nonprofit consulting, philanthropy, impact

What Do You Read to Lead?

David La Piana // Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What Do You Read to Lead?

Harvard Business School professor John P. Kotter is best known for his eight-step guide to navigating organizational change. His latest book, Accelerate, builds on the eight-step approach but introduces a whole new concept, one which I think has broad applicability to the nonprofit sector.

 

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Categories: Change Management, Commentary, Strategic Planning
Tags: innovation, management, organizational structure
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