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ARE WE TOO BUSY TO CHANGE THE WORLD?

SEVEN WAYS TO STAY FOCUSED | I often facilitate meetings where a group of thoughtful people plan for large-scale change in their organizations or the community. I feel privileged to be with them during this time of reflection and creativity; when [...]

ARE WE TOO BUSY TO CHANGE THE WORLD? 2017-08-21T14:06:54+00:00

NEIGHBORWORKS® AMERICA SELECTS SAPHIRA BAKER AS COACH

Neighborworks® America Selects Saphira Baker of Communitas Consulting as One of Five Coaches for National Achieving Excellence Program, in collaboration with Harvard University [Press release]

NEIGHBORWORKS® AMERICA SELECTS SAPHIRA BAKER AS COACH 2017-09-05T13:59:39+00:00

WHAT IS COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP AND WHAT IS IT NOT?

The cues for being an effective collaborative leader can be confusing. How do you share decision-making power with multiple partners and lead with decisiveness at the same time? If you follow the literature on effective collaborative leaders, you will find that effective [...]

WHAT IS COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP AND WHAT IS IT NOT? 2017-08-16T16:52:58+00:00

WHAT GIVES COLLABORATIONS STAYING POWER OVER TIME?

 As collective impact takes off across the nation, there are multiple guides to establishing a successful venture. Yet because the field is so new, there is less information about how to keep these collaborative efforts going and the management strong after [...]

WHAT GIVES COLLABORATIONS STAYING POWER OVER TIME? 2017-08-07T17:49:31+00:00

HELPING YOUR STRATEGIC PLAN TAKE ROOT 

Once a strategic plan is complete, what gives it traction and potency? Communitas Consulting’s Saphira Baker interviewed two clients to find out what keeps their plans from “sitting on a shelf.” The Mary Black Foundation in Spartanburg, South Carolina, has [...]

HELPING YOUR STRATEGIC PLAN TAKE ROOT  2017-08-07T17:50:15+00:00

THE PERSONAL ELEMENT OF COLLABORATION

As enthusiasm about collective impact grows, technical assistance, conferences, websites, and guidebooks are also on the increase, distilling the process into phases, and bringing experts together to share what they know. The stakes are high: effective collaborations can improve school systems, [...]

THE PERSONAL ELEMENT OF COLLABORATION 2017-08-16T15:13:31+00:00

STRATEGIC PLANNING DURING LEADERSHIP TRANSITIONS

Recently, I have been surprised to see traditional strategic planning wisdom turned on its head. While many consultants advise avoiding strategic planning in the midst of executive leadership transition, Communitas Consulting was called to work with three new executives in exactly [...]

STRATEGIC PLANNING DURING LEADERSHIP TRANSITIONS 2017-08-16T16:32:29+00:00

COMMITTING TO ACTION

Why is it worth engaging citizens in tackling formidable problems like poverty? Because people can make a difference, and part of what motivates people to action is taking ownership of a problem and trying to solve it themselves. Over the last [...]

COMMITTING TO ACTION 2017-08-16T16:38:47+00:00

CONTRACTING FOR GREATER IMPACT

I have come to learn that the most important phase of consulting – both for the client and for the consultant – is developing the original contract.   I am not referring to a lengthy exchange of legal clauses, but a process [...]

CONTRACTING FOR GREATER IMPACT 2017-08-16T16:30:06+00:00

EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP TRAITS

COULD THE SAME LEADERSHIP TRAITS THAT LEAD TO GOOD STRATEGIC PLANNING BE EFFECTIVE IN COMMUNITY-BASED COALITION BUILDING? Strategic planning is often considered a cerebral and reflective activity, where an organization and its leadership pause, take stock of the environment, and chart [...]

EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP TRAITS 2017-08-07T17:07:09+00:00