Commentary

What Do You Read to Lead?

David La Piana // Thursday, June 12, 2014

What Do You Read to Lead?

I strongly recommend Elevate to any nonprofit leader, worker, or funder. As always when reading a business book, you have to translate it into the nonprofit context, weigh which ideas are relevant or helpful, and then look for a few ideas that were new to you and that you can apply in your work. This book survives that test.

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Categories: Business Planning, Commentary, Strategic Planning, Trends
Tags: business models, nonprofit consulting, innovation, resources, strategy

Let Go What No Longer Serves You (or Your Organization)

Melissa Mendes Campos // Monday, May 19, 2014

Let Go What No Longer Serves You (or Your Organization)

Typically, we train our focus on what new skills, practices, or resources we need to acquire in order to be more effective leaders, boards, and organizations. And this is important, but it is equally important to ask ourselves what we should leave behind. 

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Categories: Commentary
Tags: innovation, vision

How do you do your best work?

// Thursday, May 1, 2014

How do you do your best work?

Personal productivity (and its link to organizational success as well as overall balance, fulfillment, and —dare I say — happiness in one’s life and work) is a huge interest of mine, so I very much enjoyed the wisdom collected in this month’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival on The Work Behind the Work, described by host Nancy Schwartz as “the methods and tools you use to stay focused, productive and happy on the job (or the barrier that keeps you from getting there).” In fact, I managed to be quite unproductiveproductive for a considerable chunk of time while reading all of the entries. (Learning is productive, after all!)

Here are a few additional tips and questions that I have shared with clients (and asked myself) over the years. 

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Categories: Commentary
Tags: workplace

Diversity in the Social Sector: How do we get there from here?

Lester Olmstead-Rose // Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Diversity in the Social Sector: How do we get there from here?

Any understanding of how organizations become truly different leads me back to my own inadequacies. I’ve been in positions to help organizations make this change before. Where I’ve seen changes take place, that change often is not characterized by wide-ranging openness to diverse people. Instead, it looks like a change from one group of people to another. In other words, the group is still not truly diverse. In most other cases, very little true organizational change took place at all.


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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Commentary, Trends
Tags: demographics, diversity

What’s Your Organizational Culture? (or Baseball as a Bonding Agent)

Melissa Mendes Campos // Friday, April 11, 2014

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Categories: Commentary, Our Team
Tags: organizational culture, workplace

An Opportunity to Reflect

David La Piana // Friday, January 17, 2014

An Opportunity to Reflect

It is all too easy to get consumed with our own lives and our own work, but as we commemorate social justice and civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. let us take time to stop and think about the kind of country we are becoming – and how we can help make it right.


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Categories: Commentary
Tags: civic engagement, social justice, volunteerism

How Well is Research Truly Informing the Sector?

Melissa Mendes Campos // Thursday, March 14, 2013

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Commentary, Trends
Tags: nonprofit consulting, philanthropy, research

Working From...Where?

// Friday, March 1, 2013

Working From...Where?
La Piana Consulting, like Yahoo, could limit itself to hiring employees who live within commuting distance of a physical office.  If we did, however, we would lose a lot of talented – and productive – individuals.  Life is complex, and messy, and everyone is juggling.   Yes, most of us face distractions at home.  Having worked in a “traditional” office before coming to La Piana, however, I can attest to the fact that there are just as many distractions in that setting.  Working effectively in the face of distraction is a skill everyone must hone these days – as is working collaboratively with individuals and groups that aren’t close enough to pass the chocolate.

 

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Categories: Commentary, Trends
Tags: collaboration, nonprofit consulting
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