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December 16, 2016

Nonprofit Lifecycle

 

As another year comes to a close and we explore possibilities for the next, many executives and board members reflect on the state of their organizations. I was recently asked by a client about the best way to diagnose where her organization is to help determine where to focus energies in the new year. My favorite diagnostic tool to accomplish this task is the organizational lifecycle.

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On Halloween 2007, a room full of employees waited for a secret announcement. Two men emerged at the front of the room dressed in bee costumes and revealed news that would alter the course of two companies.

The men in the bee costumes were a senior vice president from Clorox and the general manager of Burt’s Bees. They were announcing Clorox’s acquisition of Burt’s Bees for the cool price of $925 million. The beloved all-natural products brand was joining the ranks of a company known for its chemicals.

Was Burt’s selling out?

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You use dashboards every day, although you may not realize it.

The simplest is a clock.  When you awake, it tells you what time it is.  At a glance, you also know how long you have to get out of the house.  If you drive to work, the instrument panel in your car is another dashboard, providing key information you wouldn’t want to be without.  When you look up at the dashboard in the sky, you see what nature is telling you about the weather. Dark clouds indicate imminent rain, whereas sun indicates warmth.

Dashboards surround us.  In business, dashboards commonly provide a quick view of key metrics such as customers, units sold and revenue.  Here’s how you can use dashboards to improve the performance of your organization or business.

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