If you are like most of my readers and clients, you are working hard to make the world a better place. You are a founder, leader or board member at a social sector organization: a nonprofit, government or a business with a social purpose. You are hard working, organized, and a high achiever.
I’ve had this experience first hand. As a leader of a large international nonprofit, I found it hard to say no. I burned the candle at both ends and my health and relationships took a beating. Even with all that effort, we still struggled to pinpoint our impact.
It took me a while to realize that we lacked focus. We had an expansive mission, and lacked a framework for deciding what would be in, and what would be out. Businesses can choose amongst ideas by comparing how much money each idea will make. But work in the social sector is more complex. How do you choose between two needy clients when you can only afford to serve one? Should you teach literacy or social-emotional skills or focus on health outcomes? Without a clear frame of reference, missions expand in scope, organizations add more programs and leaders and staff burn the candle at both ends.
Over almost two decades of study, research and work in the field, I have developed and refined the Mission Control approach to help leaders increase their impact and gain balance in their lives.
I’ve had the privilege of helping billion-dollar organizations, global NGOs, federal, state and city agencies and even tiny start-ups to help them find their focus. I led the government and nonprofit practices for McKinsey & Company Australia, was a special strategic advisor to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in Australia. Today I run an international strategic advisory firm, and teach graduates students public management at NYU.
Like you, our clients are leaders tackling urgent issues: equality, homelessness, conservation, early childhood, education, employment, and justice. It is powerful and inspiring work. Many are stars in their field, but even stars need help every now and then. I am passionate about guiding people to their ah-ha moment, when they understand what makes their organization distinctive and choose the best path to channel their strengths and magnify their impact. I believe every leader deserves that clarity and am here to guide you to your own ah-hah!
Mission Control is a pithy how-to guide packed with simple steps and practical examples to help you on your journey, to find your focus and take control. You can read more about it here.
In addition to Mission Control, the book, you’ll find resources that will help your take control, simplify your life and increase your impact. My most popular blog posts and tools include:
Much of the content on this website is free, including the podcasts, blog and most tools. If you want more help, I recommend you start by purchasing Mission Control, the book. You will also find a range of commercial products and services available, for leaders wanting more guidance in finding their focus and increasing their impact. Check out the Get Help and Work with Me for more details.