Archive for the 'Collaboration' Category

The Next Phase

Written on April 29, 2020 at 8:48 am

We’ve survived the first weeks… Phase 1, the high intensity, quick decision-making time is ending.  Phase 2 is harder, it’s the endurance phase. It’s like moving from acute to chronic, when we don’t know when things will end. Each phase needs different interventions….Phase 3 is on its way. This is when we look back, see the deeper meaning in what we have all gone through and feel far more connected with our own, and everyone’s, humanity. (Carol Kauffman, Institute of Coaching)

Most of us and our organizations are now in Phase 2 and thinking forward to Phase 3.  What can …

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Lessons from Global Health

Written on April 7, 2020 at 8:52 am

Helping Babies Survive

Although I am not a global health specialist, as a strategist, I have worked with many medical groups in the global health arena over the past 25 years.  Some of this work has included supporting the creation of the the Helping Babies Survive Global Development Alliance,  Osteopathic International Alliance and the work of the Child Health Task Force. 

As part of this work I have followed Global Health Trends.  These trends have always provided lessons and learning that go far beyond the ‘boundaries’ of global health (and those interested in it), but today’s focus on the global …

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Themes and Tips from a Peer Convening

Written on November 21, 2019 at 7:42 am

Upswell is a convening organized by the national organization Independent Sector to bring together those working towards change in the social sector in the US. The following are a few themes and tips I took from participating in this convening recently:

For our organizations:

  • To get different results we need to do things differently.  One practical way of doing that is to get out of our own bubbles and traditional networks for hiring new members to our teams and seeking new partners.
  • We can get very distracted by innovation.  Holding up and strengthening good efforts that are already happening can
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Global Maturity: An Organizational Framework to Succeed Globally

Written on November 12, 2019 at 8:02 am

Last week I participated in a discussion around some of the success factors for how organizations can engage and grow more effectively internationally. We reviewed a report entitled Association Global Maturity: Critical Actions for Successful International Growth and especially seven areas that it laid out:

I. Strategic and business planning

II. Management and organizational culture

III. Leadership engagement

IV. Market insight

V. Value proposition and engagement model

VI. Global organization, roles, and support

VII. Local operations and service delivery capacity

The group shared some experiences with those categories they found particularly challenging with some suggestions of how to address these …

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The long term nature of change

Written on February 5, 2019 at 9:36 am

I’ve been leading an initiative that’s now going into its sixth year and have thus been thinking about some of our learning around long term change.  Long term change for organizations and society does not come quickly and takes a lot of on-going commitment through the inevitable ups and downs.  Here are some of things we’ve been learning as we head into our sixth year:

  • Leadership commitment –  Organizations and networks that have been most successful with making significant changes, and most importantly increasing their impact  due to these changes, understand that it is, and plan for it to be,
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