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Shannon Ellis
October 15, 2014

In this thought piece, strategy and sustainability consultant and trainer Shannon Ellis writes about the power of a well-crafted problem statement in helping an organization strategically respond to the question “How are we currently thinking about the problem we are working to address?” It’s a useful filter and often a first step in CompassPoint’s work with organizations to develop a decision-making framework to strategically guide their actions going forward. 
 

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Lupe Poblano
September 26, 2014

In Part 2 of this three-part series on effective teams, Project Director Lupe Poblano explores team decision making, specifically, when and how teams should be used for decision making. In Part 1, he explored common definitions for teams and outlined the circumstances that help them function at their highest level.
 

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Lupe Poblano
September 7, 2014

At CompassPoint, we know that understanding how to work in a team is an indispensable part of leading with others. Working collaboratively helps organizations learn together, unearths new ideas, and can bring unheard voices to the table. Project Director Lupe Poblano explores teams in this new blog series. In Part 1, he explores common definitions for teams and outlines the circumstances that help them function at their highest level.
 

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Alicia Santamaria
September 2, 2014

We believe that operating with clarity, consistency, and intention is key to sound organizational communication. In this guest blog, organizational consultant Alicia Santamaria shares her thoughts on the value of team agreements as a means toward building an organizational approach that is intentional and that sets clear expectations of how people can work together constructively when conflicts arise. 
 

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Jeanne Bell
August 26, 2014

In this excerpt from our forthcoming book, The Sustainability Mindset by Jeanne Bell and Steve Zimmerman (coming fall 2014 from Jossey-Bass), we explore the concept of “right” revenue as a way of analyzing and deepening your understanding of the connection between financial resources and mission impact. 
 

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August 12, 2014

CompassPoint is a lab for new ideas, and we're always looking to feed our own thinking. We're a team of avid learners, so it's no surprise that in our search for the best leadership approaches to move us all closer to social equity, many of us have also become bookworms.
 

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Lupe Poblano
August 5, 2014

We’re excited to welcome our newest practice member Lupe Poblano to the CompassPoint fold – and we’re equally excited to share his first blog for us on the topic of inquiry and its importance as a leadership tool. Lupe joined our practice in early July, though the guidance in this post align with CompassPoint's leadership approach like he’s been on staff for years. He’s clearly at the right place. 
 

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July 11, 2014

These days, we’ve been spending a lot of time with exhausted leaders. Our experience usually goes something like this:

A highly talented and productive CEO (or Program Director or Associate Director) of a nonprofit shows up to our meeting feeling defeated, exhausted, and burned out. She has too much to do and not enough time to do it. She feels guilty taking time off of work because things are just “too crazy” right now. She is still running on fumes from preparing for and pulling off a presentation at the very last minute. Her voicemail is full, her email is full, and she complains about spending her days putting out fires. She isn’t sure there is an end in sight, yet after venting for a bit, she pauses and says, “But, at least I’m getting stuff done!”
 

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Lyn Freundlich
July 8, 2014

We’re pleased to share this guest post from colleague organization Third Sector New England, in which they share findings and recommendations from their recent, regional compensation study, Valuing Our Nonprofit Workforce 2014: A Compensation and Benefits Survey of and for Nonprofits in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Adjoining Communities. 

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JR Yeager
July 1, 2014

This week CompassPoint says goodbye to our colleague JR Yeager who has worked with CompassPoint and our clients for the past 15 years. We’ll miss him, his deep expertise and diplomacy in guiding organizations through executive transitions, and his very crafty sense of humor. Below is his farewell blog.
 

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