How to decide what your organization should STOP doing

If your organization has limited resources (people, time, money, etc.) but wants to achieve success in its programming, this resource is for you.

According to the MacMillan Matrix, a tool developed by Ian MacMillan at the Wharton School of Business, there are four criteria used to determine whether to grow, stop, or share a program: mission and ability fit, program attractiveness, saturation, and competitive advantage.

I’ve adapted the MacMillan Matrix and share it here as a decision tree. You can also download the full resource (3 page PDF).

MacMillan Matrix as decision tree

Women: please steal this idea

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A new way to think about to-do lists and moving important things forward in your life

Lately, when people have asked me what I’m up to, I often talk about my “productivity experiment”: for six weeks I focus on six areas of priority in my life. I read about this method from the book “Necessary Endings” by Dr. Henry Cloud, and I’ve been enjoying the practice. What this involves: Pick sixContinue Reading

What’s another way to introduce the idea of introverted changemakers?

So I’m writing a book. Right now I’m identifying and interviewing introverted changemakers. But I have a problem. Whenever I pitch the idea to people in the social change/non-profit/social innovation space who I think might consider themselves to be introverts, I often get this response: Oh, but I’m both. or… I did that test andContinue Reading

Social innovation webinar February 13

Next week I’ll be presenting a webinar that reviews the report I released last year for HRSDC (now ESDC) on how individuals are contributing to community, beyond giving and volunteering. Join me and next week for this FREE presentation! Social Finance Connects: Beyond Giving and Volunteering Le français suit l’anglais While levels of volunteering andContinue Reading