Making Strategy Count
I facilitated a dialogue Jan. 21, 2014 with Alliance member strategy leaders from across the country. During the session, leaders voiced their perspective and commentary on strategic priorities for 2014. What are the opportunities and the challenges that you as strategy leader see as we begin 2014? … more
Strategy requires making choices. When an organization develops and maintains the discipline of looking far into the future, options arise that are unavailable to an organization that is consumed by day-to-day operations.
Instead of continually reacting, an organization with strategic foresight can begin to develop a proactive advantage, which allows it to shape or influence the future, including emerging opportunities.
Do any human-serving organizations really maintain a focus on the future? Yes. What tools do they use and how do they staff it? … more
How much do board members need to know about the direct services an agency provides? Following a merger in 2011, Mike Tarpinian, CEO of Alliance for Children and Families member The Opportunity Alliance in Portland, Maine, found that he had some work to do.
Is it valuable to have a chief strategy officer (CSO)? Hear the perspective of Mike Tarpinian, CEO of Alliance for Children and Families member The Opportunity Alliance in Portland, Maine.
We have collected a set of sample position descriptions from CSOs. It is important to note that while the position titles may vary you may chose not to appoint a CSO. Attending to strategy and its effective deployment is something all organizations need to prioritize.
Does poverty really play a role in the lives of those served?
Hear how Alliance for Children and Families member The Opportunity Alliance in Portland, Maine is creating service hubs to foster relationships and engage the community. CEO Mike Tarpinian describes their approach.
Please tune in again over the next few weeks as we follow the journey of The Opportunity Alliance. … more
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About the Author
Michael Mortell is the director of consultation and advisory services at the Alliance. Previously, he directed the Strategy Counts Initiative. He came to the Alliance after leading one of several Lean Six Sigma projects underway within a major public school system, in partnership with the GE Healthcare Foundation. Previously, he launched an Innovation Fund while directing a $5.1 million grant for the Greater Milwaukee Committee and for 10 years prior, he oversaw operations in the multiple locations of a 12-agency human service partnership. As a senior member of the American Society for Quality he served as an examiner with a state-level Baldrige-based program. Mortell earned a master’s in industrial organizational psychology and has additional training in organizational culture and strategic change.