Strategic guidance for an innovative startup to identify and clarify the organization’s long-term strategy led to greater focus and clearer decision-making regarding each new opportunity.
A cross-sector startup saw tremendous early success in its efforts to move government agencies and nonprofit organizations to focus on evidence and outcomes rather than just budgets and activities. But rapid and opportunistic growth led to organizational challenges such as competing and disconnected initiatives. Seeking to increase the organization’s effectiveness and potential for future impact, leadership sought guidance regarding big picture strategy and ongoing implementation, including: types of projects to pursue to clarify and maintain organizational focus, types of people to hire, and human resources and competencies requirements.
Cicero helped leadership define the identity, strategy, and desired outcomes for the organization through Cicero’s own capacity building expertise and facilitation of strategic planning and action planning workshops and retreats. Cicero has since been retained as a long-term thought and implementation partner to continue building capacity from strategy to implementation.
Increased attention in priority areas and more efficient organizational coordination efforts—by identifying both ‘make-or-break’ initiatives as well as what not to pursue—resulted in rapid scale-up and additional funding.