Assessing Board Effectiveness

Assessing Board Effectiveness

August 12, 2021By Ann RansonBoards, Mission, Strategy, Uncategorized

It makes sense, even though I haven’t known many, if any, nonprofits who periodically conduct a Board Self-Assessment. Just as I decided several years ago to add Implementation Planning into my strategy process, I’m adding this assessment as well. A Board Self-Assessment is a process that asks each board member to grade the overall Board’s … Read More

Civility is MY Responsibility

Civility is MY Responsibility

May 6, 2021By Ann Ransonauthenticity, civility, Values

Today I’m writing in honor of May as National Civility Month. It’s been over ten years since I penned The Civility Pledge: I pledge to behave with civility, treating myself and others with respect and consideration. I pledge to show compassion & curiosity. I pledge to be gracious, honest, authentic and wholly present – right … Read More

Harvesting the good in 2020

Harvesting the good in 2020

January 6, 2021By Ann RansonGoals, Mission, Strategy, Uncategorized, Values

Hello! I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been affected by the pandemic and its widespread consequences. My son was laid off immediately. A dear friend lost her amazing husband to Covid. And according to many experts, we’re all feeling low-level anxiety all the time. It’s a lot to take in, let alone process. Yet, that’s … Read More

What is the importance of strategy?

What is the importance of strategy?

August 12, 2020By Ann RansonGoals, Mission, Strategy

People often ask me, “Why does strategy matter?” In other words, why is it important? I have a lot to say about that, but before we get into its importance, let’s review some basics about strategy. What is Strategy? At its’ simplest, strategy is a basis for making decisions about how you will achieve your vision … Read More

Marketers are in a Bind

Marketers are in a Bind

June 11, 2020By Ann RansonMarketing, Strategy

Marketers are in a bind. Most likely because they set their marketing strategy before March – meaning it’s probably irrelevant now, or at least lacking in their ability to meet these changing times.  I began writing this post in mid-May. Since then, George Floyd was killed, and protesters have taken to the streets for mostly … Read More

What’s important to you?

What’s important to you?

May 28, 2020By Ann RansonMission, Values, Vision

What’s Important to You? Many people are not consciously aware of their values. Frankly, most of us are so over-scheduled that we don’t have the time to contemplate ‘such lofty ideals’. Yet, values are what our society most needs right now. Do this. Take out a piece of paper or open a screen where you can … Read More