Note for corporate challenges: This blog and number of other blogs on 20/20 foresight and other topics are applicable to both corporations and non-profit organizations. The examples that follow relate to non-profit organizations, but I am happy to work with corporate boards.
A number of blog entries will reflect an overriding theme in my approach to non-profit organizations that I call 20/20 foresight. 20/20 foresight focuses on keeping accountability and decision-making more generally forward thinking and voluntarily at the forefront of best practice (above and beyond legal requirements). The key question in decision-making for both the Board and management team of a non-profit organization is: what do organizations want to be able to say in the future that they implemented today in terms of voluntary policy and practice, above and beyond regulatory requirements, (i) to maximize positive business developments and (ii) to address any difficult future scenarios? Difficult scenarios might include a crisis in accountability, a sudden decrease in revenue, a financial or other crisis in the external environment, programmatic failure, a change in the regulatory environment, or other unexpected issue. Read more