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Rethinking Nonprofit Strategy Part 1: Cross-disciplinary Teams

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Why does collaboration and strategy fail for lots of nonprofits? I've been slowly unraveling clues to these neverending questions for a while. Especially in discussion groups. It couldn't just be about "the strategic plan," could it? Everyday group dynamics, i…

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3M's New Post-it Plus app + idea incubation

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In September, 3M released their new Post-it Plus app which lets you capture physical post-its onto a mobile device. With notes in digital form, they can still be rotated, reorganized, grouped into different boards, or exported into various formats and shared a…

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Adaptive Learning is your Only Option

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I revisited the Deloitte group's report titled 2013 Shift Index: "A collection of articles focusing on the future of business". While not to be an epic retelling, John Hagel III reviews Netflix's rebound and rise in online video streaming. As a counter-example…

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Rise of the DEO I x II: Actionable Summaries

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I recently finished the second and last summary for Rise of the DEO: Leadership by Design for Actionable Books. Summaries aren't really summaries, but a one's interpretation of the best takeaways. The authors admit that the book is a "series of prompts" that…

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ReFraming 21st Century Nonprofit Leadership

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Is anyone else wondering where the mainstream nonprofit leadership conversation is going these days? Not too long ago were proposals for theories and frameworks and best practices. All valid points, but haven't we always been deluged with best practices and f…

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What Books Must Design-Inspired Nonprofit Leaders Read?

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I love reading up on new insights and methods especially if it's going to advance the way we do things in the field. But one challenge of adaptive learning is making sense of what to read and why. See, there's lots of books on culture building, creativity, inn…

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How to Sense Bullshit in any Nonprofit Strategic Plan

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If there was one cause 21st century changemakers must stand for, it's bullshit-free strategy. In a recent discussion, someone had asked about the tools and methodologies used to create a strategic plan. Anyway, I always find these strategic planning discussio…

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Lean Nonprofit Strategy

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Applying lean startup principles to nonprofit strategy — Is that a thing yet? Because it should be. I observed a recent discussion that asked about keeping strategic plans alive. These conversations dry up fast. I mean, another topic on nonprofit strategic pla…

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Designing a Better Nonprofit Business Model, Part 2

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In part 1, I explained the concept of the business model canvas and how it can be leveraged by nonprofits to diagnose and quickly map out their current business model. Why visualize your business model? Or, why use visualization techniques at all? There's a tw…

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Designing a Better Nonprofit Business Model, Part 1

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There's much ado about innovation during turbulent times. It's ruffling up organizations of all sizes and sectors. But with all the radio noise and flaming bandwagons out there, no one really knows what it means anymore. Businesses fight for relevance as the e…

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5 Reasons Nonprofits Must Use the Value Proposition Canvas to Test Assumptions

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One of the greatest risks anyone can make is to design initiatives based on "common sense" and other untested assumptions. Since programs and services in the social sector can endure long cycle times before results can even be evaluated, testing assumptions fi…

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The Smokescreens of Nonprofit Innovation Part 1

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Disruption can be scandalous. Bruised and defensive egos. Fear of uncertainty and the unknown. But if you can pull through, the changes can be fulfilling. As I reminisce about the themes from the last few months, it got me thinking about the prerequisites for,…