Making Strategy Count

What’s on the mind of Strategy Leaders? A Look Ahead at 2014

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

How Can We Focus on One to Two Years Out When Today is So Demanding?

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

Board Role in Making Mergers Work

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.

A profile of The Opportunity Alliance provides more background on board engagement and the organization’s journey as a Strategy Counts pilot site. … more

The CSO Role

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.

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Neighborhood Based Approach for Service Hubs

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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