Lack of a succession plan for key leadership and employees can cause havoc in an organization as it struggles to function following a planned or unexpected exit of a key leader or employee. It is an invisible problem until it hits. When it does it can spell disaster.

9 slides with useful tips you can start doing now.

Effective organizations pay attention to the importance of succession planning. And effective succession planning involves keeping your eyes on the three balls of continuity of leadership, risk management and strategic leader development so the invisible doesn’t become a problem when your organization faces planned or unexpected exits of your key employees.

Drawing upon our work with organizations, we have prepared a slideshare with tips on things you can do today to make sure you don’t have a big problem tomorrow when it comes to addressing leadership development gaps and organizational risks.  Click here to view our tips.

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Mandela's Birthday Cake. Flickr photo by Leeds Tidal Flickr photo by Leeds Tidal

Today is Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday which he is spending it in hospital.  Twenty five years ago today – on my first day of a year long fellowship at the University of Cape Town – I attended Mandela’s birthday party.  He couldn’t attend as he was in Pollsmoor Prison (having been moved from Robben Island a year earlier).  But hundreds did, packed into a church in Langa Township singing and dancing and clapping as the South African Riot Police encircled the outside of the building ready to storm the church and release tear gas.  It was illegal to acknowledge Mandela’s birthday, even as much as to bake a birthday cake in his honor so the celebratory event quickly became tense.

I remember the great orator Allan Boesak saying to the crowd as he raised Mandela’s birthday cake over his head:  “if you were not willing to accept responsibility for being here today you shouldn’t have come.”  I have thought about those words from time to time and I do so today on Mandela’s birthday.  Living in a time and culture where the common responses are to relinquish responsibility (“it wasn’t me”), or blame others (“it was her”), or observe on the sidelines (“Don’t look at me for answers), Boesak’s challenge to the crowd 25 years ago today is a good challenge for us today.  So, today on Nelson Mandela’s birthday, I am taking note of  the places where I “show up” in the world (family, work, community) and call to mind Boesak’s challenge to us all about “taking responsibility for being here today” in these important arenas of our life:  family, friends, work, community.  Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela for taking responsibility for guiding the formation of a new South Africa out of a terrible past.

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New Resiliency Profile: Safe Haven Family Shelter

by Doug Hausken on April 30, 2013

We are proud to feature Safe Haven Family Shelter of Nashville, Tennessee.  Emerging from a capital campaign and with board and staff aligned around a fresh business plan they will open a renovated center in June that will allow them to double their shelter, transitional and rapid re-housing services and expand their high quality case management for homeless families.  Because of their hard work in program and management best practices, we are proud to feature our client in our Resiliency Profile.

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HOPEFUL SIGNS!

April 26, 2013

Two reports recently came out that we thought many of you would be interesting in examining.  Put simply, the takeaways are: there are hopeful signs of recovery across the nonprofit sector; ongoing strategic planning remains critically important; and fundraising is an ongoing challenge. The first is BoardSource’s Nonprofit Governance Index 2012. On the Patmos blog, [...]

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A Fresh Look at the Process of Nonprofit Budgeting

March 4, 2013

I am pleased to re-post David Maddox’s blog article:  “Budgeting as an Act of Inspiration and an Act of Commitment.”   David Maddox’ blog article was was originally posted on February 25, 2013 by CatapultERP and is being re-posted here with their permission.  David, principal of RPM Associates, is part of the MyGamePlan.org stable of consultants.  A [...]

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Executing on Your Strategic Priorities CEO Series

March 1, 2013
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Recently we brought together a group of nonprofit CEOs to present on topics that were important to them and so that they could learn from each other. The sessions allowed these leaders to be able to step out of their normal day-to-day urgencies for a couple of hours every other week to learn and take [...]

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Two Articles On Business-like Practices for Nonprofits

February 7, 2013

The trend continues of people encouraging nonprofits to adopt more business-like practices. This is a good thing because after all, don’t we want our nonprofits to be as effective and efficient as possible? Don’t we want to actually solve the problems that we mention in our mission statements? The two articles that I read recently [...]

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Resilient leaders create resilient organizations

February 1, 2013

Nancy Koehn’s article, “Lincoln’s School of Management”, has been on my mind since it appeared recently in the Sunday New York Times (1/26/2013).  It’s a good read which I commend to you. “In this season of all things Lincoln” Nancy Koehn identifies the leadership traits and practices in an historical character and draws lessons from [...]

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