May 06, 2024

How is a Refrigerator Like a Strategic Plan?

No, this is not the opening line of a dad joke. Nor is it one of those abstract mental puzzles. In fact, there is nothing funny or puzzling about what I am about to say. Economists will tell you that what something is worth is a function of what buyers believe they are getting that […]


May 06, 2024

Mission, Meet Strategy

It has been said that you can be happy as the dog or the fire hydrant, as long as you understand the nature of the relationship. Oddly enough, this bit of wisdom has relevance for strategy development. Mission and strategy are both vital and useful, but we need to understand the relationship between the two. […]


January 10, 2024

Preparing for the Unpredictable: What Does That Even Mean?

Recently, I shared my perspective on the role of nonprofit strategy with this quote: “Strategy is about preparing for the things you can’t predict, not mapping the steps toward the things you hope will happen.” The purpose of this article is to expound upon that idea and show what this means for your nonprofit. I […]


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