Fresh perspectives

At Bordoni & Company, we’re fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with many different clients on a wide variety of challenging engagements.

As part of those experiences, we’ve learned a few things that we believe other individuals, teams, and organizations could benefit from. Below are a few of the articles, blog posts, and white papers that we’re working on at the moment.

If you’re interested in learning more or contributing to a topic, let us know – we’d love to hear from you.

What’s on our mind
The Pathway to Impact: How to tackle that messy problem you’ve been meaning to solve
Many individuals and organizations have big ideas, but very few of them actually lead to real world impact. Why not? In Part I, Part II, and Part III of this series, we explore where things tend to go wrong and how to improve your odds of success when tackling messy problems.
From failure to advantage: How organizations can benefit from setbacks, unexpected difficulties, and outright failures

Inevitably, every organization has projects, initiatives, or strategies that fail to deliver the desired value; and yet, organizations systematically under-invest in learning from these failures. Whether due to limited resources, a desire to avoid assigning or receiving blame, or outright denial, organizations are missing out on a valuable opportunity to learn from what happened. By making a commitment to learn from these situations and putting the right process in place, organizations can turn failure into a source of advantage.

Everyday stakeholder management: How to quickly identify blind spots and increase your initiative’s odds of success

If everyone knows that stakeholder management is important, why does it go wrong so often? Sure, unexpected things happen, but what are the other reasons that things fall apart? A few other questions: Is stakeholder management for leaders or front-line employees? Is it an activity, and output, or a mindset? And does it have to be complicated?

How movements gain traction: What we can learn from Occupy Wall Street, the Tea Party, Black Lives Matter, and other recent efforts

We don’t believe that people should be constrained by the past, but we also think it’s foolish to ignore the lessons of history. For those trying to enact change – whether it be through a movement, community initiative, or public program – what insights can be gleaned from other recent efforts?

Joining forces: Why greater partnership between public and private sectors is essential

Everyone has an opinion about whether there should be more or less government, and to what extent the private sector is a force for good. Regardless of one’s convictions, what are the areas where the public and private sectors should be doing more together? And in those areas, how can we encourage the type of collaboration that will benefit society?

Collective impact: Why a powerful model for change has yet to live up to its potential

We’ve seen some incredibly powerful examples of the collective impact model in action. At the same time, there are many pressing challenges where the model appears applicable but has yet to be applied. Why? What are the obstacles to engaging a broad group of stakeholders in service to a common goal? How might leaders use these lessons to bring fresh energy to old challenges?

The case for optimism: A few of humanity’s major successes in recent memory

You could be forgiven for believing that nothing but bad things are happening in our world. And make no mistake about it, there are major challenges facing our planet. At the same time, there are countless individuals and organizations that are doing amazing things for humanity each day. And best of all, some of these groups are making a real impact on our future.

How to tell the true believers from the wannabes: Organizations that really put their money where their mouth is

A lot of organizations talk about social responsibility, sustainability, or employee perks. As a consumer, when is it spin versus substance? As an organization, how can you use your position to create real public benefit?