This blog brings Holiday Greetings and apologies to loyal readers who have been wondering why we haven't published since September. We have been busy with strategic planning engagements, Board development activities, and helping organizations steer through change and transition. And I have been working with the Forbes Funds Succession Planning Cohort and have made presentations on Executive Transition and Nonprofit Leadership Development at professional conferences and a Jossey Bass webinar. This blog highlights some "found" resources from these activities. For even more, check out our December Newsletter.
Infographic 1: Strategic Planning Terminology
One of the other things we encounter during strategic planning is that everyone is confused about the difference between strategies, goals, priorities, and tactics. Some organizations have strong feelings about what should be called what. After several rounds of discussion on the terms "goals" versus "strategies," we recently suggested to an organization that we didn't care as much about what they called the boxes on their plan as what they put inside the boxes. We recently found this infographic that does a great job of straightening this all out: What is Strategic Planning?
Infographic 2: Senior Managers Fatal Flaws
In this HBR article Zenger and Folkman break down the most common weaknesses (also called career derailers) they found in their research on senior managers. The top 4? Developing Others, Collaboration and Teamwork, Inspiring and Motivating Others, Building Relationships. The good news is that 75% of managers who worked at it were able to change their behaviors.
CEOs and Top Leaders Need to Work on Delegation and Sharing Leadership
In this article on areas where CEO’s most frequently get (or need) coaching, we again see that “soft skills” are key. Most CEO’s are getting coaching on delegation and sharing leadership, but far more (according to their Directors) could use help with listening and developing others.
Congrats and Holiday Wishes
We would like to congratulate fellow Dewey & Kaye alumni, Michelle Heck and Todd Owens. They have taken Nonprofit Talent (formerly Jobswatch) and the Nonprofit Executive Search Practice independent in the form of a new company Nonprofit Talent. We wish them well in this exciting new venture.
We wish all of you a calm and bright holiday.