Non-Profit Notes: St. Joe’s Strategic Values in Action

In June of 2010, the St. Joseph’s Academy Board of Trustees developed a comprehensive strategic plan with input from their entire community. Parents, teachers, faculty, staff, students, board members, and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet were asked to provide feedback on the school’s Mission, Values, and future.  

What emerged was a clearer sense of the school’s unique opportunity to be a place that develops values-driven women leaders. While the St. Joe Mission has always centered on a commitment to education, empowerment, and development of young women, the Planning process enabled the board, school leaders, and faculty to be even more intentional about how every dimension of the St. Joe experience could reflect a commitment to developing the world’s next generation of women leaders.

Are You Harnessing the Power of Habit?

We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act –
but a habit.
– Aristotle

After reading, Charles Duhigg’s best-selling book The Power of Habit, I began thinking about the habits of leaders I work with and observed three key habits that differentiate those who are achieving significant results from those who do not.

  1. First and foremost, they invest time to analyze, think, dream, and define their aspirations. They engage their entire team in this process and debate, align, and commit themselves to a set of measurable goals.

Non-Profit Notes: Who Can You Count On in a Crisis?

Leaders always think ahead. The best, not only imagine a future filled with success but they also have a plan for the worst.

The Humane Society of Missouri Women’s Leadership Council is dedicated to supporting the mission of the Humane Society and ensuring it has the resources it needs to rescue and shelter helpless animals during a natural disaster.

When the worst happens, like the 2011 tornado in Joplin, Mo., The Humane Society of Missouri’s – Animal Cruelty Task Force/Disaster Response Team (ACT) is there.

What’s In Your Vision?

With a New Year underway, what are you and your firm leaders envisioning for 2012 and beyond? In Using Vision to Shape the Future, Author Anthony Bell cites a Harvard University study conducted by John Kotter and Jim Heskett of 207 companies in 22 industries over 11 years. They found that companies with vision-led cultures significantly outperform those without one in four categories:



With A Vision (percent)

Without a Vision (percent)


Increased Revenue




Expanded Workforce




Growth of Share Price




Improved Net Income



Non-Profit Notes: How Relentless Review of Results Fulfills the Mission

The Marian Middle School Board of Directors knows the value of relentlessly reviewing strategic goals.

Increased alumni engagement, growth in operating reserves, and enhanced graduate support are just a few of the objectives the Board, staff and supporters of the school’s mission achieved “on purpose” this year.