When you have a rockstar consultant doing great work for your nonprofit organization, nearing the end of your contract with him or her can be a real downer. You may be wondering, “how are we going to keep up this momentum once our consultant leaves?”
Let’s talk about what to do when things get off track with your consultant. Because let’s be honest, no consultant or consulting engagement has been, or ever will be, completely perfect. So, when you’re starting to get frustrated with your consultant, or you feel a more subtle sense of “things could be going better here,” follow these 4 simple steps to get things back on track...
When you’re working with a consultant to create transformational change - in your nonprofit and in yourself as a leader - your relationship requires deep trust, honest communications, and complete transparency. This kind of intimate relationship takes effort to create and maintain. You need to start building the foundation from the very beginning of your work together, and you can do that with this one simple step.
In the vast sea of nonprofit consultants (especially here in DC), it can be hard to find your perfect match. So once you’ve done your prep work, what’s the best way to find a great consultant to work on your project?
We are excited to debut our brand-new website and we wanted to share it with you all first! We won’t keep you from exploring the site (which we know you’re eager to do), but we do want to point out a few features we are particularly excited about before you start clicking away.
Over the next several weeks, we will be writing a series of blog posts on how you can partner effectively with consultants to advance your nonprofit’s effectiveness and impact. Tune in to get practical, step-by-step tips that will leave you, your team, and your consultant thrilled with the results that you’ve created for your organization.
Your nonprofit is ready to embark on a strategic planning process, and energies are high. Everyone is excited to come together, think creatively about how your organization can be even better, and forge a new, ambitious path forward! And next thing you know … the planning process is coming to an end and, while you’ve got a shiny new strategic plan, in reality very little changes. Sound familiar?
Everyone wants a flexible strategic plan, and yet so many nonprofits continue to churn out the traditional plan that charts one direct path from point A to point B. It’s like going to the salon for a pixie cut and walking out with a perm. What’s up with that?
So, you’re gearing up for another strategic planning process (because when are you not?), and this time you’re committed to creating a plan that your organization will be proud to call its own.
I am so happy that you’re here for the fifth and final video in my training series, 5 Simple Steps to Strategic Planning Success!
In today’s training video, we tackle step 4 of the 5 strategic planning steps.
You know what a SWOT analysis is, right? Of course you do! You probably can’t count on your hands the number of times you’ve participated in a SWOT analysis. Last week I met with a nonprofit leadership team, and one of their long-standing staff members recalled 30 years of SWOT analyses!
When was the last time you dreamt about the future of your organization? I’m not talking about careful planning or smart strategizing for the future (we’ll get to that in steps 4 and 5 of the strategic planning process). I’m talking about real dreaming – expansive, unbound, imaginative thought – about what’s possible for your nonprofit organization.
I am so excited to announce my new free series, 5 Simple Steps to Strategic Planning Success. In this 5-part training series, you’ll get short, easy-to-follow videos and actionable worksheets that will demystify the strategic planning process and help you develop a strategic plan for your nonprofit … one step at a time.
I used to think that it’s never too early for a nonprofit to put together a strategic plan. Even from the early days, shouldn’t all organizations have a compelling vision for the future and a plan that focuses its limited resources in a smart and strategic way?
I like to call January the “get down to business” month.
I love this time of year. Lots of things slow down (email traffic, meetings, projects) and there’s an opening of space for what’s most important in life (for me it’s family, friends, laughter, and love).
January is just around the corner, and New Year’s resolutions are in the air! If you’re a dedicated resolution-maker, I bet you already have some ideas about what you might do differently in 2014.
I am a total to-do list junkie. Few things give me as much pleasure as putting a check mark next to an item on my to do list. Check!
Starting something new feels exciting, creative, adventurous, courageous and, oh yeah, terrifying.