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 [...]
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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]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]