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Governing in Times of Crisis: Non-Profit Boards

A number of people have inquired about how Boards should be governing in times of crisis. The short answer is, they should govern well. Good governance is good governance – crisis or no crisis. A history of practicing good governance becomes even more important and advantageous to an organization during turbulent times. High performing Boards,…
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Scenario Planning Made Easy: COVID-19 Strategic Decision Making

The COVID-19 crisis presents a decision making environment with many critical uncertainties. Yet, association executives will be faced with the need to make strategically sound decisions. More so, there will be an expectation that the decision making process itself is sound and strategic. In this environment, scenario planning is an ideal methodology to use as…
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Response to COVID-19: Deciding What to do Next

Now that you have probably made some much needed, critical decisions in response to COVID-19 impacts on your organization, where do you go from here? How will you approach the short and mid-term impact of the pandemic on your organization? Pondering these questions reminds me of a Harvard Business Review article titled, “When Solving Problems,…
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Virtual Retreat : 11 Design Tips

Many executives and association strategists wonder whether viable virtual retreat options exist to replace in-person strategy development and strategic problem solving retreats. The answer is: yes. One can host a successful, virtual, daylong strategy development or strategic problem solving retreat where those that are engaged at 9:00 am are still fully engaged at 5:15 pm.…
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