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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.

Strategic Learning for Nonprofit Excellence

"If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near." -- Jack Welch With this insight, Jack Welch defines an important strategic challenge for every organization operating today, including nonprofits.  The pace of change is fast and accelerating. If we [...]

2020-08-04T15:59:51+00:00By |

A New Definition Of Health Equity To Guide Future Efforts And Measure Progress (Paula Braveman, Health Affairs, 2017)

There is no single, standard definition of health equity.  The definition offered in this article might provide a starting point for your effort.  The same article references other definitions as well, so it is a good resource for understanding the scope of possibilities. After months of research, reflection, and consultation [...]

2020-07-22T20:32:55+00:00By |

Positive Leadership for Trying Times

These are trying times for all of us, and positive leadership is key for supporting the people around us.  On this page we provide a quick list of positive practices for leading in trying times, all from respected sources.  We invite you to scan this resource and apply the [...]

2020-06-05T22:44:10+00:00By |

21 Signs of a Positive Organizational Culture

Think of a positive organizational culture as one in which people are equipped and empowered to be their best.  Research shows that organizations with a positive culture are more likely to be high performing organizations that demonstrate positive impact and effective management over time. Here are 21 signs of [...]

2020-06-10T21:03:25+00:00By |

Creating a Positive Organizational Culture

There is an old saying the 'culture eats strategy for lunch.' This saying is backed by many research studies indicating that organizational culture can have a powerful influence on strategy execution and organizational performance. The implication for nonprofits is that organizational culture is a key determinant of mission [...]

2020-08-04T16:09:30+00:00By |

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 [...]

2020-06-24T19:19:56+00:00By |

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 [...]

2020-06-24T20:08:33+00:00By |

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 [...]

2020-06-24T19:21:33+00:00By |

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 [...]

2020-06-24T20:43:18+00:00By |
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