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Transformative Strategic Planning

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on May 29, 2019

Begin with the end in mind.

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Topics: strategic planning

Misunderstood = Opportunity

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on April 11, 2019
In quiet moments of late, I’ve been recalling moments from my leadership life where my best attempts to communicate were misconstrued or misunderstood. These were not bad faith incidents, although I’ve collected those experiences also. They were of the innocent variety, at least as they began. Once known, however, they threatened significant damage unless they were treated as an opportunity to listen well, make changes where needed, and communicate even more intentionally.
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Topics: strategic planning, leadership coaching, business, deep dive

Jack Bogle - a long-sighted examplar

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on March 4, 2019
My previous reflection on long-sight generated a number of responses. Some of you who responded spoke of inspiration. Others of you pointed out that long-sightedness pushes a person beyond moral relativism toward something they understand as eternal wisdom or truth, at the very least reflecting a solid, ethical center.
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Topics: strategic planning, leadership coaching, business, deep dive

Long-sight

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on February 25, 2019
 
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Topics: strategic planning, leadership coaching, deep dive, nonprofit

Frame, then shhhh.

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on January 28, 2019

One of the reasons meetings become such wastes of time and money is that leaders, managers, and meeting facilitators repeatedly fail to frame the context. Another is that leaders and managers dominate the conversation and fail to assume a sincere listening posture.

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Topics: strategic planning, leadership coaching, business, deep dive, nonprofit

Culture Eats Strategy

Posted by Ron Mahurin on September 27, 2018

(Yet Strategy and Process - Still Matter)

originally posted July 4, 2018

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Topics: strategic planning, business, education

A Process Consulting Approach to Strategic Planning

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on August 14, 2018

As you know from last month’s post on understanding process consulting,  a process consultant explores a series of open-ended questions with a client to help them more clearly understand the situation that needs to be addressed.   

So, how might this approach develop a strategic planning process that transforms an organization? Let’s explore an example.

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Topics: strategic planning, nonprofit

Developing Authentic Donor Relationships Takes Time and Effort

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on February 7, 2018

A friend once asked me how long it would take to get his organization ready for a capital campaign. A rather curious question, so I asked, “Can you tell me more about what it means to be ready?”

My friend, a board member, then s hared with me that the new development
director had a lot of energy but was
having a hard time getting out of the office. Donors gave on a regular basis,
but that the database was a little sketchy. And while donors loved the organization, they had not been cultivated.

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Topics: strategic planning, deep dive, nonprofit, fundraising and campaign consulting, stakeholder engagement

A new and better builder generation?

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on February 2, 2018

The generation that built our super highways, university campuses, and hospital complexes also populated and built many church houses, along with large educational wings, church camps, private school and numerous global mission and relief agencies.

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Topics: strategic planning, business, nonprofit

Why be a part of something greater?

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on January 5, 2018

Welcome to A Cause Greater. 

Over the course of my career working alongside nonprofit leaders, several themes have consistently come up in our conversations. My intention for this blog is to dive into these themes and produce concise posts that are both meaningful and actionable for nonprofit leadership.

I hope that you find value in this content and become a return reader. If you have questions or comments for me along the way, please use the comments area below.

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Topics: strategic planning, leadership coaching, deep dive, nonprofit, fundraising and campaign consulting, stakeholder engagement