Alignment from the Inside out

My goal was to start the day by centering the work around impact. From my pre-retreat survey of a community foundation board of directors and conversations with its leadership, I understood them to be facing a pileup of open program and policy issues with no clear path for making decisions. There was an underlying question about whether everyone agrees[…]

How Many Board Committees Should We Have?

Q: How many board committees should our nonprofit have? A: As few as you need.  Lots of Executive Directors and Board Chairs make what turns out to be a burdensome mistake by setting up a traditional board structure with lots of committees. There’s Finance, Development, the Executive Committee, the Audit Committee, and Board Recruitment and Development, and[…]

An Adventure Logic Model

Example LOGIC MODEL In courses and workshops, I used the following example to illustrate the essentials of the logic model.   Goal: To explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.   Resources: Starship Enterprise (best ship in the Federation) Warp drive   […]

Logic Model, How Do I <3 Thee?

  At least three times last week I found myself referencing the basic elements of a logic model (aka theory of change). Once, when a colleague and I were discussing what learning to assess among individual participants in community service programs. And then, when introducing our capable intern to the wild world of grant writing. What could our client[…]

Unsticking Organizational Problems: Try looking through a new window

Sometimes as leaders (and consultants working to help leaders with organizational growth and change), we just feel stuck. Stuck in the middle of a sticky, dense, complex, uncomfortable, irritating, nagging problem that we cannot seem to get beyond. For some reason (usually reasons, plural), this time, we can’t see the components — or the overall, or[…]

On Grant Funding, Alchemy, and the Funk

Posted last week on LinkedIn: I woke up this morning worrying about the kind of funding problem that at some time or other worries all kinds of leaders involved in community building, social service, opportunity, and various kinds of world-fixing and change-making. Grant funding usually carries with it restrictions of use, of timing, of connections, of this and[…]