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

Strategic Budgeting

A nonprofit organization’s budget tells a story of its health, priorities and personality. The budget should align with its strategy, and the strategy should align with its mission. In other words, the organization’s budget should serve as a game plan to accomplish the mission. Budgeting, if done correctly, has the power to enhance teamwork and … Continue reading Strategic Budgeting