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Charity Therapy

Aug 24, 2023

Hi there, fellow nonprofit champions! In this episode of Charity Therapy, we’re diving deep into the tangled world of strategic planning and how to lead a nonprofit team without losing your sanity. 

Our guest is Avi Olitzky, a rabbi-turned-nonprofit consultant, who’s an expert at guiding nonprofits through the process of creating a strategic plan that’s fresh, innovative, and tailored to your nonprofit. He breaks the process down into four key stages - discovery, synthesis, ideation, and outcomes - and focuses on empathic listening and innovation every step of the way.

But that's not all! We also explore the challenges of leading a creative team and the frustrations of having a vision without follow-through. I promise we're going to help you out here. We'll explore effective leadership strategies, including Jim Collins' concept of having the “right people on the bus.” And we’ll touch on a little tool called the Kolbe A index that might just be the key to understanding your team better. 

Join us for a hearty conversation brimming with insights, strategies, and practical tips for all you wonderful nonprofit leaders out there. Remember, even in the most serious of discussions, there's always room for a good laugh!

In this episode, you will hear:

  • Avi Olitzky’s approach to the often intimidating process of strategic planning.

  • The four key phases of strategic planning: discovery, synthesis, ideation, and outcomes

  • What happens when you don’t have the “right people on the bus” 

  • The power of understanding your team better through tools like the Kolbe A index

  • Why having the right people on the team is just the beginning

  • How you can create an environment where everyone feels valued and appreciated

  • The power of empathic listening and innovation. 

Resources from this Episode

Good to Great by Jim Collins:

Traction by Gino Wickman:

Kolbe A Index:

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