MANAGING YOUR PERSONAL HISTORY IN SOCIAL CHANGE WORK

The other day, preparing to deliver difficult news to a client, I could feel tension in my shoulders. It was only later that I realized my reaction had to do with my own desire not to disappoint others or make people upset. [...]

MANAGING YOUR PERSONAL HISTORY IN SOCIAL CHANGE WORK 2017-08-10T13:28:06+00:00

REFUELING YOUR PASSION AND STAYING ON TRACK

One of the joys of my last several months has been becoming an Executive Coach to nine leaders in housing and community development organizations as part of the NeighborWork’s Achieving Excellence program. The program enrolls individuals who want to make a [...]

REFUELING YOUR PASSION AND STAYING ON TRACK 2017-08-16T15:07:06+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

HOW CAN COMMITTEES DRIVE MEANINGFUL CHANGE?

Committees can either be one of the more frustrating and lengthy venues for tackling a problem, or they can serve as an engine that brings about new resources and great results. What makes the difference? As a facilitator of multiple social [...]

HOW CAN COMMITTEES DRIVE MEANINGFUL CHANGE? 2017-08-16T16:42:13+00:00