Strategic planning can inform everything from your organization’s core mission to your day-to-day operations. Every decision you make is vital to your future success. I use a variety of strategic planning techniques with a focus on the resources of the Standards for Excellence Institute, as well as the work of Jim Collins and his Good to Great strategies. ViaDel also employs a SWOT-based (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis that empowers various stakeholders to give firsthand input, through a series of unique, interactive sessions, that informs a new and powerful strategic vision for your organization.
"Thanks to ViaDel, we are well on our way toward achieving our goals. We are a stronger, healthier, and wiser institution thanks to David’s excellent work."
I started working with nonprofit boards more than a decade ago, and was involved with several corporate boards in the prior decade. By regularly addressing and assessing the mission, vision, and core values of an institution, a strong board can empower the leadership of the organization to carry out the mission via the day-to-day operation with a laser focus that will translate to value-added results and programming.
A Board-driven Strategic Plan is essential. If a board refines its committee system and board recruitment and engagement, Board meeting become more efficient, and the Board can use their valuable time together on the “big picture” vision of the organization. As the board moves to a strategic focus, the leadership and staff are free to focus on day-to-day operations with the wisdom and planning of the board to guide them.
"ViaDel gathered pertinent data, listened thoughtfully to all constituents, and lead us down a productive, structured path toward success—all within a compact timeframe, and sensitive budget."
Standards for Excellence
Participating in the Standards for Excellence program is a way to strengthen your organization and set it apart as one that goes above and beyond minimal legal requirements. Accreditation and recognition through the Standards for Excellence Institute is available to any 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), or 501(c)(6) designated nonprofit in the US.
There are many benefits to going through the application process that go beyond the self-assessment. The independent third-party review of your organization’s policies, procedures, and practices will give you confidence that your organization is committing the needed resources to your leadership, capacity, and infrastructure.
The Standards for Excellence Institute provides a model for organizations to implement in their operating plans so they can gain a deeper understanding of their effectiveness, improve their decision-making and minimize risks. Nonprofits can demonstrate that they adhere to this model through several options.
As a Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultant, I have received extensive training to help nonprofit organizations implement the Standards for Excellence code. I familiar with all of the Institute’s resources and am licensed to use their exclusive materials in the advancement of my work and the nonprofits and other institutions with whom I work.
Learn more at https://standardsforexcellence.org
LEGO Serious Play
Your mind works differently when playing than working. Why not harness that?
I’ve been studying LEGO Serious Play and the Workplace Psychology associated with its techniques for several years. In March 2017, I will become a LEGO Serious Play Certified Facilitator.