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iBossWell is proud to be a Silver Sponsor of the 2017 Association for Strategic Planning Annual Conference being held in Toronto, Canada May 24-26. The conference is a premiere international gathering of strategists and features a powerhouse line-up of workshops and presentations designed to inform and inspire strategy leaders and managers. In addition to the discounted registration rate ASP offers to nonprofit organizations and government agencies, we're excited to be able to offer our IBW "friends and family" a special conference registration code that will save you an additional $100 on the registration rate. Contact us if you're interested in taking advantage of this great opportunity. Take a moment to visit the conference webpage to learn more about the workshops, speeches, and networking that will be taking place in Toronto. We hope to see you there!
The IBW team has a busy spring and summer schedule of workshops and presentations.
April 6 & 13: Building a High Impact Board
We're proud to again be partnering with our friends at Nonprofit Connect for our workshop on how to increase the effectiveness of your nonprofit board. We've added a new section to the workshop designed to help clarify the difference between a board's governance role and its support role...a topic we get LOTS of questions about. Register for the April 6 session for Nonprofit Leaders here or for the April 13 session for Board Leaders here.
May 3: Program Assessment: Making Better Strategic Decisions
Another return engagement with Nonprofit Connect. In this repeat of our popular program, we'll explore the connection between mission impact and financial sustainability. The workshop will walk organizations interested in determining what to do more of/less of, or what to start doing/stop doing, through a process for conducting an in-depth comparative assessment of individual programs/services and other lines of business. Participants will learn how to evaluate programs/services collectively, comparing mission-impact and financial sustainability, and how to use that objective data to inform strategic decision-making. Reserve your seat on the Nonprofit Connect Website.
June 6: Creating Meaningful, Measureable Performance Indicators
Telling a story is one thing. Demonstrating program outcomes or impact is something else entirely. In this new workshop presented through Nonprofit Connect, we talk about the challenges and benefits of the sometimes imperfect science of performance measurement. We'll review examples of progress indicators being used by organizations across the nonprofit sector to track everything from program impact to financial sustainability. The session includes dedicated time for participants to work independently or in small groups to define/refine the performance indicators for their organization. We presented this for the first time in March 2017 and the workshop sold out quickly. Check out the Nonprofit Connect calendar for details and to reserve your seat.
iBossWell is pleased to be the underwriting sponsor of the 2017 Executive Director/CEO Program Track offered by Nonprofit Connect. This educational track provides multiple opportunities for industry executives to come together throughout the year to discuss and learn more about the many aspects of managing nonprofit organizations. From roundtables to leadership development, networking, and peer-to-peer support opportunities, the goal of these programs is to foster collegiality, nurture partnerships, and spark innovation among Kansas City's nonprofit leaders. iBossWell shares this commitment to advancing the knowledge of nonprofit leaders, and to expanding their skills so they can more effectively shape the future of their organizations. We're proud and honored to partner with our friends at Nonprofit Connect on this important effort. Visit the Nonprofit Connect Website to check out the 2017 program calendar.
It's a great day when you open the newspaper and see wonderful stories about friends. The Newsmax news and opinion website recognized our client Happy Bottoms as one of the Top 50 charities in the country that celebrate American values and promote the American dream. We helped Happy Bottoms write their first strategic plan and it has been exciting and inspiring to watch them transform their goals into incredible impact on mothers and babies in the Kansas City area.
Our friends at Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City scored a glowing profile in the Kansas City Star describing the great work this organization, and its team of amazing volunteers from the business community, are doing in elementary, middle and high schools in the area. We see a future filled with entrepreneurs! Well done!
iBossWell will be exhibiting and speaking at the 2016 Nonprofit Leadership Conference sponsored by the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership. Denise McNerney, CEO, will present a workshop entitled
Leading Amongst Differences: How to lead and influence effectively when challenged with different personality styles.
Whether you are in an official position of leading a team, or in an unofficial leadership position of having to lead without authority, one of the greatest challenges in leadership and influence, is knowing how to accommodate various personality styles. This workshop delves into how to capitalize on your understanding of style differences and enhancing your leadership and influencing effectiveness using the SOCIAL STYLE model. This model is a simple, yet compelling and insightful tool to aid on the journey of leadership effectiveness, enhancing communication, inter-personal skills building, and ultimately, organizational performance. Our style impacts both how we communicate as well as how we learn, work, lead and influence.
For information about the conference and registration, visit their website
Join IBW CEO Denise McNerney in Portland, OR this October for two thought-provoking workshops at the 10th annual Leadership Academy hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
From Intention to Impact: Mission-Aligned Strategic Thinking and Leadership
It’s easy to fall prey to mission creep, or to be distracted by the next shiny new thing, especially in fundraising. This workshop will address how to lead in alignment with an organization’s mission, and with a compelling vision and focus. The workshop will provide tips and insights for developing successful strategic thinking, leadership and influence. It will also make the case for developing and implementing focused strategies in both fundraising and for the overall direction of the organization.
Leading without Authority
One of the greatest challenges a fundraiser faces is the dilemma of needing to influence and persuade others to support fundraising efforts in situations where they have little authority or no leadership position over the people they are trying to engage. As nonprofit organizations continue to flatten their structures, more employees are finding themselves in positions where they are leading teams or projects without direct authority over the other staff members involved. Leading without authority may seem impossible, but it happens every day. Learn how in this workshop that will focus on skills and techniques participants can use to help them become successful leaders and influencers in their organizations regardless of role or title.
To learn more about these workshops and the Leadership Academy visit the AFP website for details.
We love the partnership we've built with Nonprofit Connect in Kansas City! It's great to work with people who share our passion and commitment to helping nonprofit organizations improve their impact, sustainability, and success. We'll be collaborating with NPC to present a number of workshops in 2016, and the first up is our popular program: From Intention to Action: Building a High Impact Board.
Every nonprofit leader wants a board that is passionate about the mission and impactful in its work. The question is how do you create one? The short answer is by intention, not accident. This candid and interactive workshop will address the realities and challenges inherent in nonprofit board governance, and reveal the first step to enhancing/improving board performance: Assessment.
iBossWell is pleased to again be an underwriting sponsor for the Association for Strategic Planning Annual Conference. This year's event, March 16-18 in San Francisco, will be highlighted by fascinating keynotes and 24 different workshops focusing on innovation, strategy and leadership, the theory and practice of strategy, and using strategy to create interdisciplinary synergy, presented by experts from the nonprofit, government, corporate and consulting sectors. For anyone involved in the creation and implementation of strategy, this conference is a must! Visit IBW in the conference exhibit hall. For more information and to register visit the conference website.
Congratulations to United Inner City Services and Comprehensive Mental Health Services, winners of the iBossWell raffle items at the 2015 Nonprofit Leadership Conference, hosted by the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus. We're looking forward to conducting our High Impact Board Workshop with the board and staff leaders at Comprehensive Mental Health Services and to teaching the team at United Inner City Services how to assess their programs and services for effectiveness and sustainability. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth at the conference!
How do you get the right people around your board table? And once you have them, how do you keep those board members active and engaged in the work of the organization? In "Who's at the Table? Board Recruitment Reconsidered" Lynne Brown, VP of Strategic Consulting, will show you how to reframe your board matrix to make it a meaningful and effective tool for recruitment, present new ideas for expanding your board recruitment base beyond the typical “who do we know?”, and open a candid discussion about the challenge of increasing board diversity. Finally, we’ll discuss the key to successful board recruitment AND engagement…spoiler alert… it begins with clearly defined board expectations and responsibilities. To learn more and to register, visit www.npconnect.org.
Lynne Brown, VP of Strategic Consulting presents a workshop entitled "It's Measurable But Is It Meaningful?" at the Association for Women in Communications National Conference being hosted in Kansas City. Telling a story is one thing. Demonstrating outcomes or impact is something else again. The challenge is finding evidence that is both measurable AND meaningful. In this session we’ll consider the imperfect science of performance measurement, especially as it relates to nonprofit communications. For more information about the conference visit the AWC website, www.womcom.org.
iBossWell, Inc. has been invited to present two workshops at AFP's 9th Annual Global Leadership Conference being hosted in Kansas City. Denise McNerney will present Leading Among Differences: How to Lead and Influence Effectively when Challenged with Different Personality Styles, and Lynne Brown will conduct From Intention to Impact: Building and Helping Lead a High-Impact Board. The programs will be offered in morning and afternoon sessions. Since 1960 the Association for Fund Raising Professionals has inspired global change and supported efforts that generated over $1 trillion in charitable giving. To learn more about AFP and the Global Leadership Conference, please visit www.afpnet.org.
Join Denise McNerney and Jaime Schonfeldt for an introduction to an in-depth program assessment process that will introduce you to the tools you need to objectively compare the the mission impact and financial sustainability of the individual programs/services and other lines of business your organization offers. If you've been struggling with how to make the best decisions for moving the needle on critical mission-driven issues in an environment of limited and competing resources, this program is tailor-made for you. iBossWell is pleased to be presenting the program in collaboration with Nonprofit Connect. Please visit www.npconnect.org for details and to regster.
If you're interested in increasing the effectiveness and impact of your non-profit board, join us for this in depth workshop. Learn more and register today.
Looking forward to seeing friends and making new connections at the Alliance for Nonprofit Management Annual Conference in Austin, TX this week. Stop by Booth #37 to say hello!
Join us for a repeat presentation of our sold out July webinar. In this hour long session you'll get a host of concrete ideas you can put to work right away to help your organization develop a culture of successful long term strategic plan implementation.
Date: August 21,2014
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m. CDT
Seats are limited. Register today to guarantee your spot.
Strategic planning transforms into strategic management the moment a plan is completed and approved. The plan is your roadmap. But staying on course demands that you understand how well your organization is delivering on the goals and tactics defined in the plan, and why. Regular, honest conversations about plan progress are key. In this webinar we'll discuss How to Build a Culture of Implementation; How to Engage Board and Staff in Strategic Plan Oversight; and get a brief introduction to WePlanWell and how this online system can help you streamline your plan assessment and reporting process.
Follow this link to register. Space is limited so don't delay!
We’re halfway through 2014. Have you assessed your strategic plan progress yet? Join us for this refresher course on using WePlanWell to keep your plan alive and your organization focused through regular plan assessment and reporting. In this webinar we'll discuss everything from the philosophy of assessment to how to record new assessments and comments and review how to easily generate Governance and Management Scorecards.
Follow this link to register to attend:
It was a great three days in Long Beach at the Association for Strategic Planning national conference. Denise was one of four speakers in a track designed especially for Mission Driven organizations. Her workshop, "Program Assessment: Preparing for Strategic Decision-Making and Direction Setting" generated interesting questions and conversation about the both the mechanics and culture of program assessment. We shared a lot, and learned a lot at the conference. Looking forward to 2015 in Washington D.C.!
Lynne Brown, Vice President Strategic Consulting, is chairing the Speaker Selection Committee for the 2014 Association for Strategic Planning National Conference, May 12-14 in Long Beach, CA. The committee is seeking speakers who will bring innovative thinking, real world experience, promote stimulating conversation around the conference theme: Strategy in an Era of Constraints. For more information about the conference visit: http://www.strategyplus.org/conference.shtm
iBossWell CEO, Denise McNerney, received the Janis Laureen Outstanding Service Award at the Association for Strategic Planning's 2013 national conference in Atlanta on April 23, 2013. Denise was recognized for her leadership in designing, conducting and analyzing the first large scale national survey on strategic planning practices in the nonprofit sector.
As chairman of the Survey Committee, Denise was engaged in the development of the survey tool and the in-depth analysis of responses. She presented preliminary survey results at the 2012 ASP conference and was a member of a panel that unveiled detailed conclusions at the 2013 conference. The survey, co-sponsored by the Association for Strategic Planning and the University of Arkansas, was distributed to 25,000 nonprofit professionals and consultants who work in that sector.
"The survey underscores what I have long believed to be the most effective practices for developing and implementing a strategic plan," Denise says. "I'm proud to have been part of the effort that finally brings solid evidence to the table about those practices and ultimately advances the strategy profession."
In the presentation at the Awards Ceremony, Denise was recognized for "(E)fforts over the past two plus years that have made a significant contribution to validating the value of strategic planning and implementation in non-profit organizations. Her research brings the evidence that consistent planning and disciplined plan implementation efforts have significant positive impact on overall organizational performance and sustainability… Her countless hours of effort and effective actions has positioned ASP as a credible research agency and raised the bar on the quality of strategic planning and implementation."
Evidence Is In: Strategic Planning Leads to Organizational Success is an in-person and live webinar hosted by the San Diego chapter of the Association for Strategic Planning and presented by our CEO, Denise McNerney.
Dec. 9, 2013 4:00-6:30 p.m. PST, Courtyard Marriott Spectrum Center, San Diego.
ASP members, non-members and students are invited to attend.
To join this highly engaging discussion to hear the definitive research results on how strategic planning affects nonprofit organizations visit: http://www.strategyplus.org/chapters/SanDiego.php
Denise McNerney, CEO of iBossWell Inc., received the Janis Laureen Outstanding Service Award at the 2013 national conference for the Association for Strategic Planning in Atlanta in April. She was recognized for her leadership in designing, conducting and analyzing the first large-scale national survey on strategic planning practices in the nonprofit sector.