Inspiring Generosity

CLA President and CEO Tami Heim recently interviewed Atul Tandon, CEO of Opportunity International. Tandon has a background marked by building, scaling and turning around some of the world’s best-known for-profit and nonprofit enterprises. Over a 35-year career, his work has impacted financial services and consumer banking, the social sector, nonprofit management and governance, the … Continue reading Inspiring Generosity

Go and Ask

Strategy implies that we know what we are doing. And I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea. Most of the time, I don’t really understand what’s going on exactly. What I mean is that I find kingdom strategy a bit more like a connect-the- dots game than a management system. I know it … Continue reading Go and Ask

Innovate To Great

Remember Circuit City? “Where service is state of the art”? Dark, cavernous consumer electronics stores with red carpet and nearly-impossibly- knowledgeable salespeople? Ring a bell? Not if you’re under 30, because Circuit City — one of Jim Collins’ “great” companies in his bestseller Good To Great (Harper Collins, 2001) — declared bankruptcy in 2008. That’s … Continue reading Innovate To Great

A Strategic Shift

If you’re a “leader” now, I’ll bet you were a great “doer” in the past. Your inclination to take charge and get busy distinguished you from the other doers and won you the opportunity to lead. Unfortunately, the do-it- yourself attitude that made you a great doer can make you a lousy leader because they … Continue reading A Strategic Shift