The Benefits of Long-term Consulting Relationships

The Benefits of Long-term Consulting Relationships

The Value to Clients of Repeat Consulting Engagements. Millennia is always pleased to work with clients on a recurring basis, and some of our relationships go back as long as two decades. Sometimes we are called on repeatedly to do similar expert work - such as strategic planning or developing complex applications for funding. Sometimes we provide services on a more cost-effective basis than hiring a staff person, as in the case of one organization that uses a Millennia consultant as an "outsourced organizational development department." Whatever the nature of the work, we welcome recurrences. This is not only because of the increased business or the client satisfaction that such engagements imply, but because ongoing consulting relationships often lead to the best interpersonal, institutional, and knowledge-based outcomes for clients.

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It Can Be Lonely At the Top: The Plight of the Nonprofit Executive

It Can Be Lonely At the Top: The Plight of the Nonprofit Executive

Chief executives of nonprofit organizations are an unusually committed and idealistic bunch truly believing in the power to transform lives and change the world. But, times are tough. The sector is under intense pressure to innovate, scale up operations, and demonstrate impact often with reduced resources. Although energized by their jobs, leaders can also feel lonely at the top which is why Millennia’s Executive Learning Circle model is a much coveted opportunity because it provides space to learn from and reflect with professional peers. 

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Health Services in Schools Helps Kids Learn

Health Services in Schools Helps Kids Learn

For the past five years, Brenda Bannor has been the health consultant for the LISC Elev8 program, working closely with five Chicago schools, federally qualified health centers, and community organizations to build and sustain school based health centers. Click on the following link to read about Marquette school’s journey and the positive impact that can come from strong partnerships, a culture of mutual respect and commitment, and deep community relationships. 

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Realities of Strategic Planning for Nonprofits

Realities of Strategic Planning for Nonprofits

Books on nonprofit strategic positioning and planning are plentiful. All claim to have the secret sauce and many like to disparage approaches other than their own even though they are actually quite similar. Authors attack the tools of strategy development. The classic S.W.O.T. analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) is misleading and wrongheaded, says one author. Another retorts, "No, just rearrange the letters and look at the opportunities and threats first." Call it T.O.W.S instead.

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