Purpose – the driving force of an organization, providing the context for all its activities

Purposethe driving force of an organization, providing the context for all its activities

As organizations evolve, they re-examine questions of purpose: What do we want to achieve? Are our strategies effectively taking us there? Where are the opportunities for growth? How well are our purpose, processes, leadership and staff aligned?

Whether for the entire organization or a specific initiative, LAI works with leaders to:

  • Conceptualize, articulate and test their strategies;
  • Create a consensus for action; and
  • Craft and guide the strategy implementation.

(For a brief example of each, click on the service.):

Strategic Planning

  • Designed and guided the strategic planning process involving the board, senior leadership and other key constituents to develop a five year plan for a national educational nonprofit.
  • Result: Board endorsement of the strategic plan, which currently guides the organization.

Leadership Summits

  • Designed and facilitated a leadership meeting of board members, national staff and affiliate leaders to strengthen decision-making and coordination of service delivery.
  • Result: Clarified the roles and decision-making process, streamlining the delivery of member services.


  • Designed and facilitated a two-day meeting for headquarters and the field leadership team to introduce changes, gather feedback and set implementation strategies and targets.
  • Result: Created energy for change initiative and clarified expectations and accountabilities of rollout.