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Confront the Brutal Facts – Yet Never Lose Faith

By Randall Rollinson

A Tool for Improving Your Team’s Emotional Health In an earlier blog Decision Making in Times of Crisis we spoke to allowing yourself and fellow coworkers time to process and move through the COVID crisis in your own way.  We emphasized the importance of being flexible and accommodating and, first and foremost, exercise patience and understanding as we navigate through …

Decision Making in Times of Crisis

By Randall Rollinson (LBL Strategies) & Tim Johnson (JSS Consulting)

In just a matter of days our lives have been up ended and our livelihoods threatened. We can’t do what we want to do and, in some cases, that which we need to do. If we’re fortunate, we find ourselves cooped up at home seeking information so we can make good decisions regarding our jobs and family.  The stress is …

By Randall Rollinson (LBL Strategies) & Tim Johnson (JSS Consulting)

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Strategic Focus Critical in Navigating Black Swan Events like the Coronavirus Pandemic

By Don Ricketts

Black swan is a metaphor that describes an event that comes as a surprise and has a major impact. The coronavirus pandemic definitely fits the definition. Its impact has left no nonprofit organization and their stakeholders untouched. Day-to-day operations, meetings, conventions, fund raising: every aspect has all been impacted. The cascading impacts of social distancing, hoarding, shutting down of nonessential …

Nonprofit Strategic Plan “essentials”

By Tim Johnson

Like the private sector, the nonprofit community is facing significant challenges over the next 5 years that are certain to reshape how organizations are set up and operate. I thought it may be useful to explore some of these trends and thinking through the potential implications. My purpose is to provide some ideas and concepts in the hopes they will …

Driving Accountability Through Performance Metrics: A White Paper

By James Stockmal

Problem Assigning responsibility for a strategic change or initiative is straightforward for most organizations. Whether the assignment is made by the “tag your it” approach or a more thoughtful “who is best suited to lead this effort” approach, holding someone accountable for success of the change/initiative has shown to be a quite vexing. This problem is exacerbated when multiple people …

Why seek strategic management certification?

By Chantelle Gossner

At every venue you visit for the services you need, there are credentials and certificates hanging on the wall. Behind the desk of your attorney and CPA are their degrees and licenses; your surgeon and dentist proudly display the medical credentials they worked so hard to earn. Even for professions that don’t take years of university schooling, you put your …

Six Questions KPI

Six Questions to Answer When You Design A KPI

By Amy Hsieh

It is always a celebratory moment when organizations finally have strategic objectives defined after the exhausting strategic planning process they have gone through. Oftentimes, though, staff jump directly to determining “what should we do to achieve those objectives?” and put all their energies into implementing selected projects. After a year or so, organizations find either that they can’t quantify their …

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Environmental Awareness in Organization Strategy

By Richard Faulkner & Terry Bergdall (LBL Strategies)

Public outcry for environmental action is escalating, carbon reduction targets are not being met, and worst-case “global average” temperature rise is becoming more likely and has been declared by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration as a “long-term global upward trend that is clear and unambiguous.” Armed with urgent warnings coming out of the climate science community, leaders from the …

By Richard Faulkner & Terry Bergdall (LBL Strategies)

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Challenges with Executing Strategy in the Public Sector

By Randall Rollinson

Recent research conducted by George Washington University, Center for Excellence in Public Leadership and LBL Strategies points to this conclusion: The #1 reason strategy fails in the public sector is lack of leadership in executing the plan. In April 2019, several public and private sector organizations serving the public sector at the federal, state and local levels reached out to …

Scenario-Based Planning

Scenario-Based Planning: Helping your Team to Think Differently

By Robin Champ

Albert Einstein said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. We can apply the same adage to strategy.  If we always use the same input and thought process when developing strategy, will we really get a different result? How do we prepare ourselves for an uncertain future, when we …