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That strategic plans are met with groans, sighs, eyerolls or a combination thereof is an indication of how wrong people get them. What’s better than sitting and thinking about what the world looks like once you’ve sprinkled your magic? That strategic plans become a monolitic imposition (business speak for pain the a**) is consequence of one of the blind spots of business consulting; humanity. Fact of the matter is, we’re people implementing these plans, not…
We as a collective have failed the strategic plan. How do I know this? It’s evident from the groans, sighs, eye rolls, and adult phrases mere mention of a strategic plan bring; which is unfortunate.  I can’t think of anything I’d rather do than sit and think about what the world looks like once I’ve had a chance to sprinkle my magic. You may be in the process of starting a strategic plan and experiencing…
You see a condition in the world you want to change and think, “Someone should really do something about that.” Next thing you know, you come up with your own amazing business idea. You run to friends, family– even that colleague that’s always at the Keurig around 3 pm–to tell them about this idea you have for making the world better AND making money. Their response? They poo all over it. No, they poo all…
What’s The First Thing To I Should Do With My Idea? Detach yourself from it. The Golden Age of Shark Tank has everyone thinking: 1. I should have thought of a multi-million dollar idea by now, and2. Once I have a promising idea, I HAVE to execute on that idea. You’ll probably come up with all kinds of great ideas. I mean c’mon…you’re amazing. But you know how they say not every idea is a…
Guest Post By: Katrina Machetta Have you ever had a dream to open up a local ice cream shop or create a nonprofit to send shoes to Africa? Don’t sweat it if you have a list of questions and concerns about making your dream business or nonprofit become a reality. A business is a big investment of time, money and resources and you want to make sure it is a good use of all three.…
Well folks. Believe it or not we’re halfway through 2019. With this being summer, July is when I look through thangs’ to see what needs cleaning up and what needs to be put in place. I’ve actually finished the first draft of my company Playbook, Branding Guide, and I’m in the process of putting together a full automation system. (*does leg pops*) What I haven’t done is check paperwork, go through the mound of paperwork…
Last week I got to attend a TEGE Council Meeting in Dallas, run by a group that convenes with the IRS and other stakeholders important to tax-exempt organizations. The meetings give us a chance to hear what’s going on at the front lines, and what might be coming down the road for exempt orgs. I got a number of takeaways from the day, but the big ones I wanted to share with any of you…
As I dig into the research on organizations changing lives for the better, it’s only fitting last month’s UN theme was Human Rights. Uniformly, I find thriving businesses and charities championing human rights (e.g., economic inclusion, physical safety, or personal autonomy) put one thing at the forefront of the work. Their humanity. What better way to move the needle on global challenges than to remember our own humanity? The more founders embrace who they are,…
This week’s theme is change and the many forms it comes in. Change as in a Founder changing her mind on an approach, or changing the structure of a project entirely. I often meet clients who started their initiatives as charities because of societal norms and not because of a deliberate intention or strategy. In other words, because society presents nonprofits as THE only way to do community-oriented work, that’s the design people go with…
If you’ve been following the blog, you know the startup community’s fascination with VC funding drives me up a wall. With VC funds taking up most of the focus, outlets continue to ignore the harsh statistics. Less than 3% of VC funding goes to Black or Female Founders and less than 1% to Latino founders. In keeping with the ego-machismo vibe many startup endeavours insist on portraying, the focus becomes how do I create the…