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Can a Government Use a Balanced Scorecard?

Posted November 30, 2011 2:21 PM by Ted Jackson

Can a government use a Balanced Scorecard? Is a national government too expansive to have a strategy? Is a state or provincial government to complex? Is a city government too tactically focused? The answer to all of the above is no. A government can very effectively use the Balanced Scorecard. Many have done so with great success: Brazil, Singapore, Maryland, Washington, Durham, Charlotte to name just a few. What are they keys to success? Leadership commitment, constant communication and engagement of stakeholders are the keys to successful strategy execution with a Balanced Scorecard.

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Should Philanthropies Operate Like Businesses? - Wrong Question

Posted November 28, 2011 12:36 PM by Ted Jackson

Today the Wall Street Journal dedicated the Journal Report (section R) to nonprofit organizations. There are a lot of good articles about fundraising and joining a board, but the headliner, or attention grabbing article, is about "operating like a business." The overall question is whether donors should be looking for a return on their investment, similar to businesses? I think this is the wrong question.

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How About Better Parents?

Posted November 22, 2011 11:37 AM by Dylan Miyake

Thomas Friedman, in an op-ed in the New York Times earlier this week asked the question: Why are we focusing on the teachers? Shouldn't we also be asking the parents to step up and take responsibility for their students? And, of course, the answer is yes, parents should take greater responsibility for their child's behavior. But, I'm afraid that the article misses the point.

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ClearPoint Strategy User, Citi Performing Arts Center, Inducted into Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame

Posted November 16, 2011 2:25 PM by Dylan Miyake

Boston, MA (PRWEB) November 15, 2011

A ClearPoint Strategy user, Citi Performing Arts Center, has been inducted into the Palladium Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame for Executing Strategy. The induction took place on Wednesday, November 9, at a formal ceremony in San Diego, CA.

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Mission-Driven Summit Early Bird Registration - Last Day!!

Posted November 15, 2011 9:20 AM by Ted Jackson

Today is the last day to get the early bird registration discount for the upcoming summit in March of 2012. This summit is going to be great. We have keynote presentations from David Norton, co-creator of the Balanced Scorecard, and Daniel Pink, author of DRIVE. If you want to register today to receive the early bird rate, but you cannot get your act together to do it online, please email us, and we can invoice your organization.

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Education Reform’s Focus on Low Achievers Hits Gifted Students

Posted November 14, 2011 6:10 PM by Mark Cutler

I heard some disconcerting news last week from the field of education. According to a report by the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC), most states lack the critical infrastructure necessary to ably identify and teach our high-ability and high-potential students.

The Wall Street Journal in a Nov. 12 article framed the story by stating that "[a] national focus on the lowest-achieving students has helped boost their academic performance, but it has left the country's brightest young minds behind, prompting calls to rethink how schools teach top kids."

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Happy Veterans Day!

Posted November 11, 2011 12:17 PM by Brandon Kline

Regardless of your position on America's wars, past or present, I think we would all agree that our Veterans deserve a day to be honored. They have served our country, protecting the everyday freedoms of folks like you and me. I'm not writing this post to highlight any issues, positive or negative, surrounding our Veterans, but simply to show my support and say thank you.

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On Alignment

Posted November 11, 2011 7:53 AM by Dylan Miyake

Peel back almost any case study of a failed organization, and you'll see, more than anything else, an example of a failure of alignment. Alignment, at its simplest, is the entire organization working towards a common goal. It seems so simple, but in practice is really difficult to achieve. Why is this? Is it just some perverse quirk of human nature? Or can alignment happen?

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The Nonprofit Strategy Map

Posted November 10, 2011 10:30 AM by Ted Jackson

Given that we work in the mission-driven sector (governments, education, associations, and nonprofits), I receive a lot of questions about the Balanced Scorecard in this area. How can a for-profit concept apply in the nonprofit space? Does the Balanced Scorecard support nonprofits? Isn't this a management framework that puts financials at the top of the strategy map? Little do people know that even in the 1996 book on the Balanced Scorecard by Drs. Norton and Kaplan, there is a section on nonprofit organizations.

Of course, nonprofits need to modify the strategy map to meet their needs, just like government agencies do. Neither of these organizations is in business to make money, so the financial perspective cannot be at the top of the strategy map.

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America’s Pragmatic Caucus Steps Up

Posted November 1, 2011 8:56 AM by Ted Jackson

This weekend someone emailed me a copy of an article from Time magazine about how local communities are not letting the dysfunction of Washington, DC politics stop them from making progress. I live in Washington, DC, so sometimes it is hard to see beyond CSPAN and the news in the Washington Post. It seems like politics have brought the USA to a standstill, where a supermajority is now required for any basic vote in congress. I've been lucky enough over the past year to have two clients in the same region represent this "Pragmatic Caucus" that was described by Bruce Katz and Judith Rodin.

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