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.

Classics: The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® Model

Positive leadership begins with a positive mindset and continues with positive practice.  It helps to have a set of guiding practices that are evidence-based and transferable across settings and situations. Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner have provided these guiding practices in their Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® Model as described [...]

By |2019-02-19T00:47:36+00:00February 19th, 2019|

Classics: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Positive leadership starts with a commitment to first lead ourselves. Stephen R. Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People  provides a roadmap for personal leadership that stands the test of time.  Whatever our setting or position may be, we cannot go wrong by developing the 7 habits.  They include: Habit [...]

By |2019-02-19T00:41:07+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|

Creating Health Opportunity by Design

Health equity has emerged a core value for public policy and community health improvement.  A key strategy for advancing health equity is to create health opportunity in partnership with the people we serve.  Health opportunity has tremendous potential as a mobilizing strategy because virtually every organization can play [...]

By |2018-10-06T18:49:17+00:00October 5th, 2018|

The Positive Collaboration Checklist

Collaboration with other organizations can be a powerful strategy for creating positive impact.  The challenge lies in creating partnerships that can yield positive results for the people served as well as the collaborating organizations. This Positive Collaboration Checklist can help assure that your next collaboration is fundamentally aligned to produce [...]

By |2018-09-18T20:10:11+00:00September 18th, 2018|

The Power of Positive Leadership

Positive leadership can help you elevate people and performance to accomplish your mission.  Positive leadership is a concept that is receiving more attention as people strive to to work together for good in these challenging times.  Positive leadership certainly sounds like a good thing, and if it works [...]

By |2019-01-14T21:14:15+00:00September 3rd, 2018|

Spotlight on Social Impact

Social impact is receiving more attention from mission-based organizations. What does social impact mean, and why is it attracting the spotlight? Social impact can be defined as the impact of an organization or program on the health and well-being of individuals.  Conceptually, social impact falls under our broader umbrella of positive [...]

By |2018-09-05T19:57:41+00:00August 6th, 2018|