As Multicultural Children’s Book Day closes in on our 10th year, we have been working hard to “re-imagine” and uplevel our nonprofit.
We have been fortunate to work with Sivan Hong using the Bridgespan Group consulting model to articulate our strategic vision.
Sivan helped us to think about where we want to go using the Bridgespan model to ask ourselves tough questions.
- Strategy Discussions Often Raise Difficult Questions: Answer those questions by tapping into your values and beliefs, listening closely to the needs of your stakeholders, and analyzing and disaggregating data to ensure equitable outcomes. This process bolsters the strategic clarity needed to prioritize activities and make the most effective programmatic investments.
- Apply Analytical Rigor: Gather and analyze relevant data so that you can make choices informed by qualitative and quantitative evidence.
- Articulate Your Change and Impact Goals: Arrive at a consensus on your organization’s intended impact goals and articulate a theory of change.
- Align Strategy and Implementation: Develop a plan to mobilize staff and resources to ensure that day-to-day operations focus on implementing strategic goals.
This is our Multicultural Children’s Book Day strategy. It’s a work in process but we are getting close!
It’s been fun to resurrect my business school background in this strategy exercise. My thanks to Sivan Hong, Dr. Valerie Williams-Sanchez, and all the Multicultural Children’s Book Day Board of Advisors for going through this exercise with me.
Our Multicultural Children’s Book Day Group Board is here:
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