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Helping socially progressive people and organisations to confidently connect their strategy and activity. www.standconsulting.co.uk
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Raising the Bar on Nonprofit Impact Measurement | Stanford Social ...

Raising the Bar on Nonprofit Impact Measurement | Stanford Social ... | Stand Consulting - stand up, stand out, stand strong. | Scoop.it
The key to progress is embedding measurement in practice.
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Excellent and pragmatic article on Impact measurement.

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Workplace Engagement Around the World

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Depressing stuff. But boy oh boy - what an opportunity!

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Happiness, Flow, & Better Leadership | Globoforce Blog

Happiness, Flow, & Better Leadership | Globoforce Blog | Stand Consulting - stand up, stand out, stand strong. | Scoop.it
A few tips from positive psychology on enabling employees to reach a state of flow to ensure happiness, productivity and engagement at work.
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Picture the scene. A strategy workshop. A hot/cold meeting room (dependent on personal ambient temperature). A presentation. Talk, talk, talk, talk, talk. Then some more talk. Then a diagram -...
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How not to kill a strategy with post-it notes

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No Office, No Boss, No Email: A Look At WordPress.com | CEO.com

No Office, No Boss, No Email: A Look At WordPress.com | CEO.com | Stand Consulting - stand up, stand out, stand strong. | Scoop.it
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This type of thinking could be typical in 15 years.

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Nonprofits Are Growing. What Is It They Do?

Nonprofits Are Growing. What Is It They Do? | Stand Consulting - stand up, stand out, stand strong. | Scoop.it
The U.S. nonprofit sector has survived surprisingly well since the 2008 financial crisis. Even during the depths of the downturn, its revenue rose steadily.
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 "Three-quarters of what (US) nonprofits do involves either health care or education..."

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CHARITY: WHO NEEDS IT? | Disability Now

CHARITY: WHO NEEDS IT? | Disability Now | Stand Consulting - stand up, stand out, stand strong. | Scoop.it
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If you're looking for a balanced view on charity you won't find it here. But it's provocative and direct and should prompt serious discussion.

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Social Business Strategy DNA [Infographic]

Social Business Strategy DNA [Infographic] | Stand Consulting - stand up, stand out, stand strong. | Scoop.it
Social business strategy DNA infographic inspired by “The Seven Success Factors of Social Business Strategy“, an e-book co-written by Brian Solis and Charlene Li from the Altimeter Group.
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Easy, short and sensible.

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Social Business: Flat or Hierarchical? A Surprising Answer | MIT Sloan Management Review

Social Business: Flat or Hierarchical? A Surprising Answer | MIT Sloan Management Review | Stand Consulting - stand up, stand out, stand strong. | Scoop.it
“Loosely coupled” organizations are models for managing a social media-driven business environment.
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Highly relevant thinking for all businesses wanting to stay relevant and connected to their wider teams and networks.

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Five myths of Org Change that Get In The Way of Success

Five myths of Org Change that Get In The Way of Success | Stand Consulting - stand up, stand out, stand strong. | Scoop.it

Via Virtual Global Coaching, Deb Nystrom, REVELN
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Pragmatic and realistic honesty about how change really happens in organisations.

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Anne Landreat's curator insight, June 28, 2013 5:42 AM

5 beliefs that mean that ‘change management’ can actually hinder change within an organisation:

1. You can’t implement the change until you have thought through every step and have every possible question answered

2. You can control communication within the organisation about  change

3. To communicate about change is to engage people with the change

4. Planning makes things happen

5. Change is always disliked and resisted

 

 So, what is the alternative?Many new approaches that focus on achieving collaborative transformation are emerging such as Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space and World Café.

 

These approaches recognise organisational change as a collective effort, as a social process that can be inspiring and dynamic with leaps of understanding as well as being messy and confusing at times.

 

They work with the best of the human condition – the importance to us of our relationships, our imagination, our ability to care and to feel and to create meaning in life. In this way they release managers and leaders from the impossible responsibility of foreseeing all possibilities and instead liberate the organisation to find productive ways forward in an ever-changing organisation landscape, together.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, June 28, 2013 7:32 PM

Helpful myth busting and change planning.  ~ Deb

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Impact investing and beyond: mapping support to social enterprises ...

Impact investing and beyond: mapping support to social enterprises ... | Stand Consulting - stand up, stand out, stand strong. | Scoop.it
It is now possible to capture the full range of support available for developing social enterprises in emerging markets - and for the market infrastructure in which they operate. After identifying an appetite from investors, this ...
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Ten Must-Follow Nonprofits on LinkedIn - Nonprofit Tech for Good

Ten Must-Follow Nonprofits on LinkedIn - Nonprofit Tech for Good | Stand Consulting - stand up, stand out, stand strong. | Scoop.it
10-Must-Follow-Nonprofits-o Some nonprofits have thousands, tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of LinkedIn Company Page followers, and yet have not customized their page or posted a single update.
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A Social Entrepreneur Transforms a Nonprofit Into a Profit-Making Enterprise - New York Times (blog)

A Social Entrepreneur Transforms a Nonprofit Into a Profit-Making Enterprise - New York Times (blog) | Stand Consulting - stand up, stand out, stand strong. | Scoop.it
A Social Entrepreneur Transforms a Nonprofit Into a Profit-Making Enterprise New York Times (blog) Last week, we published a case study about a social entrepreneur, Saul Garlick, discussing what kind of legal structure would be best for his...

Via Skip Boykin
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Very helpful - and short - article on when/why and how to consider your social-benefit organisational business model.

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Global megatrends - Future State 2030 | KPMG | GLOBAL

Global megatrends - Future State 2030 | KPMG | GLOBAL | Stand Consulting - stand up, stand out, stand strong. | Scoop.it
The megatrends impacting governments into 2030 as they relate to changes in individuals, the global economy and physical environment.
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Visions & Missions of Fortune Global 100

Fortune Global 100
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A whole heap of vision and mission in one place

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Andy Wales: Partnerships Offer the Best Hope of Transforming the Future

Andy Wales: Partnerships Offer the Best Hope of Transforming the Future | Stand Consulting - stand up, stand out, stand strong. | Scoop.it
 
Jane Nelson:  A new global partnership with business
Donald Kaberuka: Towards a smart partnership for transformation
Justine Greening: Fast-tracking a str…
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Why There Are No Job Titles at My Company

Why There Are No Job Titles at My Company | Stand Consulting - stand up, stand out, stand strong. | Scoop.it
The founders at CloudFlare decided to strip everyone--even themselves--of titles that indicate rank. Here's how the radical decision paid off.
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I'm not entirely convinced for now but the 'no job title' is a provocative idea. For me, the premise seems too circumstantial to be a generally useful approach. But I don't doubt it will be a growing, employee demand-driven trend.

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be frank: it builds trust

be frank: it builds trust | Stand Consulting - stand up, stand out, stand strong. | Scoop.it
Last week I witnessed something in the boardroom of one of my clients that I’d only seen with actors following a script on TV or in the movies: A genuinel
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Sensible stuff. Why doesn't this happen more?

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Google Rolls Out New Way for Nonprofits to Collect Donations

Google Rolls Out New Way for Nonprofits to Collect Donations | Stand Consulting - stand up, stand out, stand strong. | Scoop.it
Learn about Google's new way for nonprofits to raise money, One Today.
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If you in fundraising today you have to keep your eye on this.

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Change Management: Back to Basics

Change Management: Back to Basics | Stand Consulting - stand up, stand out, stand strong. | Scoop.it
We are in a time where change is not just a top down strategy; it is at the heart of every organisaition and plays a key role in success
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I like simple but maybe this is a little too '101'. I'm sure the authors know this too and with that recognition in mind I still echo their drive to get to the nub of change quickly. 

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The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship

The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship | Stand Consulting - stand up, stand out, stand strong. | Scoop.it
No one said building a company was easy. But it's time to be honest about how brutal it really is--and the price so many founders secretly pay.
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Just as relevant for leading social entrepreneurs as it is for the profit-motiovated.

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What’s Strategy Got to Do With It? (SSIR)

What’s Strategy Got to Do With It? (SSIR) | Stand Consulting - stand up, stand out, stand strong. | Scoop.it
We need to broaden philanthropy’s view of social sciences.
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More thoughts on never ending debate but it's great to see intelligent input from both sides. 

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What It Takes to Fully Engage Your Employees

What It Takes to Fully Engage Your Employees | Stand Consulting - stand up, stand out, stand strong. | Scoop.it
Questions that chief executives — and others — ought to regularly ask themselves, not just to be good citizens, but as a powerful way to build competitive advantage.

Via Monica Ayers
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Simple questions that will make your employees happier if you ask them about your business.

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Monica Ayers's curator insight, July 22, 2013 7:21 PM

I love the three powerful questions at the end of this article:

 

1. What is our noblest purpose and are we fulfilling it?

 

2. How can we give our employees a greater sense of meaning in what they do, so they feel more enthusiastic about coming to work every morning?

 

3. In what practical ways can we add more value in the world (and do less harm)?

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Poll: Do investment professionals know about impact investing ...

Poll: Do investment professionals know about impact investing ... | Stand Consulting - stand up, stand out, stand strong. | Scoop.it
SocialFinance.ca is a network of investors, enterprises, and enablers that are actively harnessing finance for social impact through community investment, microfinance, social enterprise, philanthropy, and responsible ...
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Five Nonprofits Maximizing YouTube's Nonprofit Program

Five Nonprofits Maximizing YouTube's Nonprofit Program | Stand Consulting - stand up, stand out, stand strong. | Scoop.it
Nonprofit-YouTube-Program-L Launched in 2007, YouTube's Nonprofit Program has gone through multiple changes over the last six years. Initially the program was only offered to qualified U.S. nonprofits and the benefits ...
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