Leadership

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
Tags: strategic restructuring

The Dark Side of Collaboration

La Piana Consulting // Tuesday, May 3, 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
Tags: collaboration

Build Better CEO/Board Chair Relationships (Book Preview)

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Build Better CEO/Board Chair Relationships (Book Preview)

Some time ago we posted a blog on how nonprofit CEOs and Board Chairs can partner more effectively, and learned that there’s a real appetite for resources on this topic. That’s why we’re looking forward to this weekend’s launch of John M. Fulwider’s new e-book Better Together: How Top Nonprofit CEOs and Board Chairs Get Happy, Fall in Love, and Change Their World. Read our mini-review here, and be sure to check it out for yourself.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Governance, Leadership
Tags: resources, social sector

In Appreciation of the Interim ED

David La Piana // Tuesday, July 8, 2014

In Appreciation of the Interim ED

An interim executive director can be a great idea for an organization whose incumbent leader has departed, or is planning to retire, and the board is considering whether to merge with another organization or to recruit its own next CEO. There is a natural rush to find a new leader in this situation, but the interim solution can give the board time to explore a partnership.

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Leadership
Tags: executive transition, mergers

What do you read to lead?

David La Piana // Thursday, February 27, 2014

What do you read to lead?
Colonel Chris Hadfield, author of An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, doesn't set out to write a book about leadership or management and he certainly does not intend to provide a guide for nonprofits. Rather he tells his own remarkable, very personal story: the journey of a nine-year-old boy growing up in Canada, a country that at the time didn't even have a space program, who becomes an astronaut.  His consistently witty, always entertaining and sometimes profound observations on the value of hard work, humility, and always sweating the small stuff can stand as lessons for us all.
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Categories: Leadership
Tags: resources

More than a Generational Shift

Brenda de Santiago-Stewart // Thursday, February 20, 2014

More than a Generational Shift

Many younger colleagues share an expectation that everyone can play a leadership role at different times, around different issues. And so, the opportunity to leverage this perspective exists within organizations. However, so does the challenge of determining how to do this most effectively. How can we harness this energy to better position organizations to remain effective in a changing environment? How can we create more space at the table, rather than forcing younger workers to wait their turn by extending the line of potential “leaders-in-waiting?” How do we support more experienced leaders to embrace new and different perspectives brought into the sector by what is more than merely a demographic shift?

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Categories: Leadership, Trends
Tags: generational shift, innovation, management, organizational structure, workplace

Taking Stock: Questions for Nonprofit Leaders

La Piana Consulting // Thursday, December 19, 2013

Taking Stock: Questions for Nonprofit Leaders

The end of the year is a natural time to think about how far we’ve come and where we’re going next. For nonprofit leaders this is not only a good practice for professional growth — it can also benefit the organization. But with precious little time and unrelenting demands, how should a leader focus this kind of self-inquiry to fit it into their busy year-end schedule? Our staff compiled this list of questions to help nonprofit leaders take stock, glean insights, and yield meaningful results.


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Categories: Leadership
Tags: human resources, organizational learning, planning, workplace

Leadership is Not a Person

La Piana Consulting // Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Leadership is Not a Person
Leadership itself is changing: the future of the sector depends on an evolving concept--and practice!--of leadership that goes far beyond individual "leaders." We need a leader in every chair, so that we can draw on different kinds of leaders for different kinds of problems. Collaborative leadership is a concept that resonates for many of us intellectually, but we are still learning what it means to put it into practice. Are our organizations ready? Are we ready? 

 

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Categories: Leadership
Tags: diversity, organizational culture, organizational structure, social sector, workplace

A Crisis in Nonprofit Management

David La Piana // Thursday, June 13, 2013

A Crisis in Nonprofit Management

Nonprofits are stressed and need help; they want new ideas, and they must develop new skills. The need for high-quality training and consulting, and for investment in ongoing innovation in management practices, is at its most acute. But these needs have risen just when our capacity-building resources for the sector are at their weakest.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Leadership, Trends
Tags: capacity building, nonprofit consulting

Building Adaptive Capacity

Jo DeBolt // Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Building Adaptive Capacity

Strong organizational capacity can’t be imported or taught; it has to be built over time by nurturing and encouraging the organization’s strengths over its weaknesses. What can be taught are the skills and habits that help organizations understand and develop sound strategies. Adaptability is a quality that organizations can develop to position themselves to succeed.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Change Management, Leadership, Trends
Tags: nonprofit consulting, organizational culture, technology
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