Forget the SWOT Analysis: Reasons and Alternatives

The SWOT analysis — or Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats — is one of those darling strategic planning tools that people still cling to. There was also a great article at Nonprofit Hub titled Why Most SWOT Analyses Stink that speaks of the dangers of a SWOT chart if done incorrectly. I…

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Rethinking Nonprofit Strategy Part 1: Cross-disciplinary Teams

Why does collaboration and strategy fail for lots of nonprofits? I've been slowly unraveling clues to these neverending questions for a while. Especially in discussion groups. It couldn't just be about "the strategic plan," could it? Everyday group dynamics, innovation skill building, designing new processes: Were these not at least…

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Adaptive Learning is your Only Option

I revisited the Deloitte group's report titled 2013 Shift Index: "A collection of articles focusing on the future of business". While not to be an epic retelling, John Hagel III reviews Netflix's rebound and rise in online video streaming. As a counter-example, Borders, which invested heavily in physical stores, failed…

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