Global Trends and Business Strategy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

T he article reminds us that the trend is your friend is an old adage that applies to business strategy as well as to investing. Business leaders will have more opportunities to seize the initiative as they stretch their thinking about the changing nature of resource constraints.”.

Why Organizations Don’t Learn

Jay Cross

Where organic, bottom-up meets corporate top-down. An article entitled Why Organizations Don’t Learn by Francesca Gino and Bradley Staats in the November 2015 issue of Harvard Business Review caught my eye.

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Strategy Made Simple - The 3 Core Strategy Questions

John Hagel

We’re tempted to abandon long-term strategy and fall back on rapid adaptation as the only winning game – sense and respond quickly enough to events as they occur and everything will be OK.  But adaptation as a strategy is fraught with risk. adaptation in practice leads us to spread our resources way too thinly as we fall into a reactive mode , unable to prioritize or focus as we get bombarded with events occurring at a faster and faster rate.

Learning Strategy Issues

Clark Quinn

The interesting thing here was the audience picking up on the need to go beyond courses and start looking at resources. The audience was clearly thinking ‘beyond the course’ They were focusing on supporting performers in learning, and resources, and leveraging the community, all activities consonant with the revolution. The strategy depends on where the organization is to begin with, but there are systematic principles to guide progress.

3 Design Thinking Facilitation Resources for Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

Almost four years ago, I wrote my experience as a participant n a design-thinking lab to give input on a digital strategy for a philanthropy. This post summarizes a few resources. 3 Design Thinking Facilitation Resources for Nonprofits and Philanthropy.

Is it time for a BYOL (Bring Your Own Learning) strategy in your organization? #BYOL

Jane Hart

Furthermore, as Dan Pink has shown us in Drive: the surprising truth about what motivates us , autonomy is a highly motivating factor within an organization: “ Control leads to compliance, autonomy leads to engagement.”. Get organized.

Where Do You Stand? The Shifting Ground of Strategy

John Hagel

The implications for strategy are profound, but few have explored this terrain. Strategies of position are back Strategy was once all about position – all that mattered was where you were located and whether there were barriers to entry. As structural advantages eroded, this view of strategy fell out of vogue. Now, it looks like strategies of position will reassert themselves with a vengeance.

Teaching Online Courses – 60 Great Resources

Tony Karrer

I received an inquiry about resources that would help instructors who are about to move into teaching online courses. So, what I thought I would do is go back and see what resources I could find some good resources that would help me and could be used by instructors be better prepared to teach online. So together, I’ve collected a bunch of resources pretty quickly. Still here are 60 great resources.

Holiday Vacation Exit Strategy: How To Take A Break

Beth Kanter

He also acknowledges that there are other considerations such those organizations that provide direct services and being a busy time of year for fundraisers. You will find useful research, resources , and other information to help you make the case for taking your vacation time.

Connective Knowledge and Open Resources

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The CCK08 course and all the other courses we have developed since have been based on open educational resources (OERs). From your web & blog, we found you were a passionate advocate of OER, can you share with us your first experience about open online educational resource? I knew about open educational resources before anyone knew what the term meant. In another sense, the major elements are: - The course participants, including the instructor - Resources.

Resources for Measuring What Matters

Beth Kanter

I’ve been curating resources on nonprofit measurement over on Scoop.It, with eye towards collecting useful material related to social media and social impact measurement. The resource also includes some case studies.

Starting Strategy

Clark Quinn

As things are moving faster, you just can’t keep ahead of the game while creating formal resources, and equipping folks to help each other is probably your best bet. However, it occurred to me that this might change depending on the nature of the organization. social strategy

Reflections on the Nature of Human Organizations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For most of history, the vast majority of people lived in farms and villages, and worked in relatively small organizations. . We learned that in many cases, our human organizations are more efficient the larger they are. The larger the city, the fewer physical resources are required to support their populations. Furthermore, larger organizations are typically accompanied by an increase in human interactions which improve their overall creativity and potential for innovation.

New ideas: Building the organizations of tomorrow

Ross Dawson

Organisations are built for standardization, founded on physical assets, and driven by strategy formulation. Cellular organizations – as exemplified by the form of many terrorist groups – provide an alternative structure. Hierarchy is dysfunctional, and there are better ways to bring together resources to create value.

Education Technology Strategies - Day One

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

A: we''ve done it for institutions - it''s really a roll-out resource Q: are you using robots with existing science equipment? Karla - OISE student ready to get a job - there wasn''t really any prep - we were lucky to go to the computer lab (we went maybe once a month) - maybe we''d use computers after class - MSN or maybe presentation - it was strongly discouraged in school (went to a rural school) What resources were taught to you to collaborate in your learning?

A Few Really Useful and FREE Social Media Tips Sheets and Resources

Beth Kanter

Most of my work is as a trainer where I’m teaching workshops on leadership skills for emerging leaders, self-care, social media strategy, train the trainers, and networks/data.

3 reasons to change your learning content management strategy now


When we step outside of our learning silo, we find that virtually every function in today’s organizations is sustained by a content strategy driven by a content management system that enables content developers to create dynamic content and reuse it across multiple formats.

Social Media Strategy thoughts

Clark Quinn

What is a social media strategy for outreach? If an organization is on social media, and increasingly they should be, it needs to be interactive. This is accomplished in several ways: point to what the organization is doing. point to interesting things outside of the organization. These require resources, essentially a person or persons who handle these duties. In short, it’s about interaction around the organization and it’s work.

Does Your Nonprofit Have A Wellness Strategy for Staff?

Beth Kanter

The networks, nonprofits organizations, and movements are filled with people who are passionate about social change work, but often work hard and long with few resources and many just keep going without giving a thought to self-care.

A Few Good Pinterest Tools, Tips, and Resources

Beth Kanter

Back in January, I wrote a post about Pinterest as a curation tool to organize and share visual content I’ve collected in a pleasing visual way. How is your organization using pinterest strategically?

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HR Doesn’t Need a Seat at the Table, it is the Table

Dan Pontefract

HR is both table stakes and a stakeholder for an organization. Of course, if HR begins to play offence, takes the bull by the horns, and enacts a human capital strategy that provides a more cohesive way in which employees can more efficiently do their job, then yes … it makes sense.

Flexible Working Works

Dan Pontefract

I am a direct leader of 25 people strong and an indirect leader in an organization of 40,000 across many time-zones and countries. flexible work Human Resources managing mobile organization work from home

Does Your Organization Have Social Media Guidelines for All Staff?

Beth Kanter

One of the basic tenets of my first book with Alison Fine, “ The Networked Nonprofit ,” was that everyone in the organization participates in social media from the executive director on down – not just the “social media person.”

The top 10 reasons your mobile learning strategy will fail | Dawn.


I love this description because it encapsulates what should be the crux of any mobile learning strategy. We all know that old habits die hard, so here are 10 repeat offenders that could deliver a devastating blow to your mLearning strategy: 1. Home About Podcasts Videos Xyleme Inc.

Why Your Nonprofit Should Invest in Video As Part Its Communications Strategy

Beth Kanter

Why Your Nonprofit Should Invest in Video As Part Its Communications Strategy – Guest Post by Michael Hoffman, CEO of See3. In fact, 80% of respondents said video is important to their organization today, 91% believe video will become more important in the next 3 years, and.

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Education Technology Strategies - Day Two

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I was at Guelph - youth job strategy, a lot went to match students with first job, but there was some money set aside for innovation.

Using Design Thinking for A Foundation’s Investment Strategy

Beth Kanter

What if a funder got real-time input from its grantees and other partners to develop its investment strategy? Over the past twenty years, the Brainerd Foundation has invested nearly $50 million in organizations working to protect the environment in the Northwest.

Turning Empathy Inward at Nonprofit Organizations

Beth Kanter

In my book with Aliza Sherman, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact Without Burnout , we offer a framework for practicing self-care and creating a culture of well-being in the nonprofit workplace.

Are You Content Creation Impaired? Here’s Some Tips and Resources

Beth Kanter

The post includes links to studies and other material that make the case for why content marketing is the heart and soul of your digital strategy. An executive sponsor is necessary to lead the program and communicate its value and reach to the organization. Source: Copyblogger.

Wikis and Learning – 60 Resources

Tony Karrer

I wanted to collect a few resources around this topic for use in these discussions. trainingwreck , January 23, 2010 Social Learning Strategies Checklist - Social Enterprise Blog , January 11, 2010 Extending elearning? I’m involved in several discussions around how to use Wikis as part of learning solutions.

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Effective Web Conferences – 41 Resources

Tony Karrer

I wanted to follow-up 19 Tips for Effective Online Conferences with some additional resources that relate to this topic. Ed Mitchell: What are facilitation and moderation , February 17, 2008 What are facilitation and moderation February 15, 2008 – 1:55 pm A quick addendum about facilitation and moderation on online spaces before a longer post about strategy. The conference organizer has put signs in the middle of each table with a topic.

7 Fantastic Free or Low Cost Sources To Get Images for Your Content Strategy

Beth Kanter

Images, visuals, videos, and infographics are being staples of nonprofit’s content strategy, especially for social channels. Here’s a round up of resources and advice. Flickr Image by Sam Howzit.

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The Great Transformation of the Organization Still Needs the How

Dan Pontefract

” The ‘we’ he referred to might have been leaders in today’s organizations. It helps an organization’s margins improve because they make markets vibrant. Efficiency innovations – helps an organization get lean.

How and When Should Your Nonprofit Organization Invest in Mobile

Beth Kanter

Recently, I got into a discussion with several other nonprofit tech consultants about guidelines for nonprofits to embrace a mobile strategy and specifically what to recommend. Nonprofit organizations are under the gun to keep up with current technology.

Announcing ImpactRising.Org: Organizational Capacity Building Resource for Nonprofits and Consultants

Beth Kanter helps to make standards of practice explicit, so that social sector organizations like nonprofits, NGOs and foundations don’t have to reinvent the wheel. In that spirit, I’m excited to introduce as a resource to nonprofits and the consultants they work with.

New Playbook Resource: How To Engage Alumni

Beth Kanter

A playbook is an online resource that is basically knowledge capture around a specific practice or type of program. Using the Playbook, participants were able to get up to speed quickly and not waste time or resources.

Good News for Giving 2.0: Your Organization’s Champions Are Your Most Valuable Resource

Beth Kanter

What does all this mean for your organization’s end of the year fundraising strategy? Is your organization encouraging your supporters to be philanthropists for your organization? Last week, I attended Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen ‘s Giving 2.0

Unlease Your Organizations Knowledge Sharing Processes

Beth Kanter

Note From Beth: Many of us don’t value taking the time for intentional learning within our organizations. Being intentional about learning can also help an organization scale effectively. Unlease Your Organizations Knowledge Sharing Processes – Guest Post by Kelcie Tacchi.

Nonprofits and Content Strategy: The Wisdom of the Network

Beth Kanter

Colleague Miriam Brousseau tagged me and several other “close professional ties” asking us for resources on nonprofits and content strategy. I asked Miriam if she would summarize what she learned about nonprofits and content strategy in a guest post and here it is.

How To Create A Terrific Facebook Cover Image If You Don’t Have Resources To Hire A Designer

Beth Kanter

And, you need to think about the cover image design in the context of your overall content strategy. But what if you don’t have the resources to hire a graphic designer and need to do it in-house?