Based on your definition of success, it’s time to get focused. One of my favorite things to do with a group of organizational leaders is to facilitate what I call a Clarity & Focus Workshop. It’s about being crystal clear about where you or your organization is going. I’ve used Patrick Lencioni’s wonderful book, The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business. He skillfully argues that clarity (create it, reinforce it, and over-communicate it) is critical to organizational health.


Lencioni says that you need to answer questions like, “Why do we exist?” “How do we behave?” “What do we do?” “How will we succeed?” and “What is most important, right now?” You’ve got to be clear about who you are and where you are going. You’ve got to have clarity and focus. Then you get healthier. And you will be better pointed in the direction of being successful.


These are all questions that we need to keep asking ourselves. Getting focused is a move you and I need to make.

If you would like to get a better handle on governance, I simply offer a shameless plug for my book, Board Essentials: 12 Best Practices of Board Governance. A friend who chairs both a corporate and a nonprofit board suggests it as a great primer.

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About Dave Coleman

Dave Coleman Principal / Consultant Phone: 253-237-4118 After many years of nonprofit leadership and the privilege of getting to know hundreds of organizations through my work with the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, I am pleased to offer my services to you at BoardTrek Nonprofit Consulting. Our small Pacific Northwest based company is focused on helping guide nonprofit organizations and their leaders into the future by offering our services in board governance, strategic planning, leadership development and organizational change. Always feel free to contact me with your thoughts and questions.
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