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Disrupting Yourself

It’s hard to innovate when you have a good thing going. Today’s fast-moving market requires that you create new value for your customers before anyone else does. When looking for sore spots, ask yourself “what It would be like to be the next best that you could be.” Disrupt yourself. Don’t stop doing what Is …

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Salons for Association Leadership

I had the pleasure of co-hosting a salon and dinner with Stefano Bertuzzi, CEO of the American Society for Microbiology. We gathered ten association CEOs and a few consultants to discuss the hard work required to move large initiatives forward. The learning environment was like a graduate level class in association leadership. One of the …

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Diversity is a Business Imperative

I had the pleasure of attending the Center for Financial Planning (CFP) Diversity Summit. During the summit, we discussed the lack of diversity in the financial planning workforce. Diversity is a financial imperative. Organizations that do not reflect America will have a hard time attracting a younger, more diverse audience. In this video, I share …

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Backbone Support – Condition 5 for a Successful Collective Impact Initiative

In the past weeks, I’ve shared videos discussing the conditions of a Collective Impact model. The first four include common agenda, shared measurement, mutually reinforcing activities, and continuous communication. Today I want to talk to you about backbone support, the fifth and final condition of collective impact. Backbone support refers to the organization that is …

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Continuous Communication – Condition 4 for a Successful Collective Impact Initiative

Today I want to talk to you about continuous communication as it relates to the collective impact model. Last week I talked about mutually reinforcing activities as a precondition for Collective Impact. Remember collective impact is an excellent tool for large impact initiatives and should be employed any time you need to unite different players working under different masters for …

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Mutually Reinforcing Activity – Condition 3 for a Successful Collective Impact initiative

Today I want to talk to you about the need for mutually reinforcing activities where you’re using the collective impact model. Last week I talked about shared measurement as a precondition for Collective Impact, a model that helps bring multiple organizations and players together to work on a common agenda. Collective Impact is extraordinarily useful …

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Shared Measurement: Condition 2 for a Successful Collective Impact initiative

Today I want to talk to you about the second condition required for the success of a collective impact model: Shared Measurement. Last week I talked about the common agenda as a precondition for success. Both conditions are imperative to a successful Collective Impact, the name of a model for any initiative that harnesses the …

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The Common Agenda – Condition 1 for a Successful Collective Impact Initiative

Today I will explore the lynchpin that holds everything together: The Common Agenda. Last week, I shared a video summarizing the 5 Conditions for a Collective Impact Initiative. Collective Impact is a model that harnesses the power of multiple organizations and activists toward a single cause. Collective Impact is particularly helpful for modern day systemic …

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Collective Impact

Collective impact is a powerful approach arisen out of the social action arena where it is widely believed that a single organization is incapable of bringing about systemic change. Multiple organizations and activists who represent multiple points of view should work collectively toward change. For this to happen five conditions must be met: 1. Common …

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10 Elements of a Social Movement

Mandating change is no longer sufficient. Today, much change is generated from social movements that create real impact. Based on research by social activist and Tufts University professor, Christina Economos, I’ve created a plan that facilitates change. Whether you’re trying to create change within your organization, your community, or your country, these 10 elements will be …

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