Productivity and growth

An adage: Be efficient with machines, be effective with people. Here are reflections on how to know the difference.


Reigniting Growth

Explore three qualities which can help any company restart its growth engine by removing outdated and redundant elements that have built up over the years.

Harvard Business Review (HBR)

The Ecosystem of Shared Value

Gain insight into how companies partner with nonprofits to create collective impact.

Harvard Business Review (HBR)
Tools & Resources

Re:Work with Google

This website contains a collection of practices, research, and ideas from Google and others to help you put people first.

External Website


Links to resources related to Holacracy®, a new way of structuring and running your organization which reimagines the conventional management hierarchy.

HolacracyOne, LLC
Tools & Resources

Writing Business Plans

Review various resources to help with writing a successful business plan.

Various sources
Tools & Resources

DIY Professional Development

Discover useful practices, questions, and a tool intended to encourage meaningful conversation, focused planning, and measurable improvement.

Laura Peck
Tools & Resources

On Delegation

Learn about why delegation is important and what does successful delegation require.

Laura Peck

Collab 101: Facilitating Shared Power

This lesson from the Collab Model focuses on sharing power within meeting facilitations.

Round Sky Solutions

Collab 101: Living Agenda Template

From the Collab Model, this template will help develop a living meeting agenda.

Round Sky Solutions

Collab 101: Sharing Power through Effective Decision Making: Integrative Consent

This lesson from the Collab Model focuses on sharing power through integrative consent.

Round Sky Solutions

Managing Conflict in your Self-Organizing Team

Gain an understanding of why conflict happens in your team, access tools for facilitating conflict resolution, and dig into ways to manage difficult situations.

Round Sky Solutions

Collab 101 - Distributing Roles through Power

This lesson from the Collab Model covers roles and scopes, including what they are, why they are important, and how to use them.

Round Sky Solutions

Collab 101 - Collaborative Accountability Systems

This lesson from the Collab Model takes a big picture perspective on collaborative accountability to increase productivity, reduce conflict, and achieve quicker results.

Round Sky Solutions

Transformational Capacity Building

Address racial inequities through transformational capacity building with seven approaches.

Stanford Social Innovation Review
External Website

What is a Mastermind Group? A Definition and Tutorials

Discover Mastermind Groups, which are group settings that offer a combination of brainstorming, education, and peer accountability.

The Success Alliance

Organizational Learning Books by Peter M. Senge

Peter M. Senge’s work centers on promoting shared understanding of complex issues and a shared leadership vision for healthier human systems. His books may help strengthen team function.

Peter M. Senge

Best of Joan Garry

Joan Garry's top 10 blog posts on the subject of effective nonprofit leadership.

Joan Garry Consulting

The Five Elements of Organizational Success

Discover a unique way to analyze situations, organizational cultures, and leadership styles within a context of change.

Element Partners
Tools & Resources

The Answer Center: Resources for Nonprofits

A comprehensive collection of resources to help nonprofits strive toward the best practices in organizational excellence.

Maine Association of Nonprofit (MANP)


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