Exits From the Top Episode #2 – The Driving Role Strategy & Strategic Direction Play in Nonprofit CEO Transitions

Welcome to Episode #2 of Exits From the Top. We are continuing our series of conversations about the key elements of organizational sustainability and how to strengthen your organization ahead of your CEO transition. This week’s topic is strategy and strategic direction, and the driving role that they play in CEO succession planning and CEO transition. We will be talking with David La Piana, managing partner at La Piana Consulting, a nonprofit consulting firm based in Emeryville, California.

In addition to leading one of the most respected consulting firms in the country, David is one of the most prolific, clear and consistent thought leaders in the nonprofit sector today, especially when it comes to an organization’s business strategy, strategic direction and strategic challenges. David is the author of a number of books including, The Nonprofit Strategy Revolution: Real-Time Strategic Planning in a Rapid Response World. He’s also a co-author of The Nonprofit Business Plan: the Leader’s Guide to Creating a Successful Business Model. David is also widely recognized for his thought leadership on nonprofit mergers and strategic restructuring and has authored a number of articles and publications on this topic. Here’s a link to David’s bio and a link to La Piana Consulting.

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What We Cover

  • CEO transition as a natural time for thinking about a merger or other strategic restructuring.
  • The difference between strategy and strategic direction.
  • The importance of strategy and what it does for an organization.
  • Three levels of strategy.
  • The role of strategy in CEO transitions.
  • Simple, low-cost no-cost approaches to help the staff and board prepare for the transition.
  • Helping the board develop a deeper understanding of the organization so they can do a better job on CEO search and selection.

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