Here's an interesting idea: boomerange recruitment. It's essentially the concept of targeting former employees (high-performing ones) to bring back into the organization. After all, these are people with a proven track record, who know the organization and many (if not all) of its leaders.
 

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Over at the Community Driven Institute website, you'll find an interesting article, Building & Sustaining Strong, Engaged Programs. The author looks at how we build sustainable programs, and emphasizes shifting the focus away from the traditional financial-centric approach and focusing instead on infrastructure and community benefit.

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First off, I hope American readers had a peaceful and happy Thanksgiving holiday. Thanks for indulging me in a brief absence, but even compulsive multi-taskers like me have to turn off the computer and walk away every now and again.
 

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One of our readers emailed me asking me what the difference was between a business plan and a strategic plan, which is a great question. Luckily for us, the Alliance for Nonprofit Management has answered that question in a piece they published several years ago, Business Planning for Nonprofits: Why, When — and How It Compares to Strategic Planning (PDF). In a nutshell:
 

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So many of you have expressed frustration at trying to maintain clinical competency for you and your staff. With budget cuts and staffing constraints, traveling to conferences and courses can be a challenge. Providing our own clinical education is not only possible, though, it can be easy, low-tech and free. Over at the forensic healthcare blog today, you'll find a clinical guide I put together on STIs.

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I'm teaching a seminar all day today in Chicago so I will be making today's entry a brief one. Before I head out the door, I'd like to introduce you to a document that can be incredibly useful in mapping out collaboration strategies. Many of you, particularly in the advocacy community are already familiar with Collaboration Math, from the Prevention Institute.

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I am pleased to report we are now able to accept comments! People's accounts have been moved over to the new platform, so the previously encountered glitches should be trouble no more.
 
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We've been talking a lot this week about what good leadership looks like. I would suggest that good leadership requires a certain amount of kind (as opposed to nice). Several years ago Susan Cramm wrote about compassionate leadership over at the HBR blog, which I think takes us to a similar place.

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Before I get on a plane for Seattle this morning, I wanted to talk briefly about cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA). It's the technique of selecting among competing wants when resources are limited, a position most SANE programs know well. Do we get a shiny new piece of equipment or do we send 5 nurses to SANE training? Do we add 8 more hours a week to our coordinator position or do we start paying call time? We have a lot of competing wants in our world, and often a paucity of resources.

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