Steve Horan

About Steve Horan

Stephen Horan, PhD is the founding president of Community Health Solutions, bringing more than 25 years of professional experience to each client and project. Under Steve’s leadership Community Health Solutions has helped hundreds of organizations achieve better results through effective strategy and practice. Individually, Steve has been an advisor to consumer groups, nonprofit organizations, corporations, foundations, and public sector leaders. This broad perspective informs his ability to think at the system level as well as the street level, and help people bridge gaps between policy and practice.

The Speed of Trust by Stephen M.R. Covey (Book Summary)

The Speed of Trust by Stephen M.R. Covey was first published in 2006 and updated in 2018.  The update is timely because personal trust is gaining value as a personal and organizational asset.  In a nutshell, in a world of increasing uncertainty and accelerating change, trust wins.  Covey outlines [...]

By |2019-05-23T21:45:33+00:00May 23rd, 2019|

The Power of Empathy: Insights from Cleveland Clinic

Empathy is a positive leadership skill that is fundamental for creating positive organizations.  In this video the folks from Cleveland Clinic provide a '5-minute clinic' on the transforming power of empathy - for individuals, organizations, and communities.

By |2019-05-03T20:03:11+00:00May 3rd, 2019|

Blue Ocean Strategy

Blue Ocean Strategy is a transformational concept that was introduced by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne through a 2004 article in Harvard Business Review; in two books titled Blue Ocean Strategy and Blue Ocean Shift; and  through the Blue Ocean Strategy website. Elements of Blue Ocean Strategy have been [...]

By |2019-08-31T16:39:33+00:00March 30th, 2019|

Mindset by Carol Dweck

Mindset by Carol Dweck is a classic that spotlights a fundamental but often overlooked reality: mindset matters for professional performance.  Not only does mindset matter, it may be the trait that matters most for professionals who operate in today's complex environment where change is a constant and learning is necessary for [...]

By |2019-06-22T20:02:33+00:00March 23rd, 2019|

The Leadership Challenge by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner

The Leadership Challenge by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner is a widely acknowledged classic that might be the most evidence-based leadership book in the world.  The foundation of the book is the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® Model (as also described on their website).  The five practices are: 1.Model [...]

By |2019-03-26T21:58:55+00:00February 19th, 2019|

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People  by Stephen R. Covey is a classic that provides an essential roadmap for self direction.  Whatever our setting or position may be, we cannot go wrong by developing the 7 habits.  They include: Habit 1. Be Proactive.  Apply principles of personal vision to decide [...]

By |2019-03-26T22:02:13+00:00February 16th, 2019|

How to Create Better Nonprofit Executive Teams

Nonprofit leadership is a complex undertaking that works best when executives and mangers work effectively as a team.  In the October 2018 issue of Social Innovation Review, Libbie Landles-Cobb, Henry Barmeier,  and Kirk Kramer from the Bridgespan Group identify five key questions and some promising practices for optimizing executive team [...]

By |2019-02-20T17:22:10+00:00February 10th, 2019|

Inspiration from Homeboy Industries

Homeboy Industries provides hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women, allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of the community. The story in the video below speaks for itself.  Learn more about Homeboy Industries: On their information-packed website From their Guidestar [...]

By |2019-02-08T15:59:00+00:00February 8th, 2019|

Aligning Your Strategy for 2019

As a positive leader, one of the most important things you can do right now is assure that your organization is strategically aligned for success in 2019.  This means assuring that your strategy is clear, your people are engaged, and your infrastructure is designed to support execution.  This type [...]

By |2019-01-09T14:50:47+00:00January 2nd, 2019|